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Old 05-30-2015, 08:19 PM   #1
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Hiding cracked decal damage

My 5th wheel is stored in the yard and I do not have a shelter. Probably should get a cover, but...

Anyway, the continual exposure to sun and heat (plus rain and cold, I guess) has damaged the darker colored decals, causing them to shrink and split like dried mud in a creek bed. You could touch the camper wall and feel the decal areas were much hotter than the white areas.

I colored in the cracks with a black oil based paint pen. DO NOT use the water based kind or just a magic marker. You can get oil based paint pens from art supply stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. About $3.00. Auto parts stores and car dealers carry a paint pen touch up kit that comes in a wide range of colors if the basic colors at crafts stores aren't what you need. But they are much more expensive.

Here's the results. I guess I should have taken a "before" pic. You can see where I colored the cracks black (and where I missed one!) But you could see the while cracks from 3 sites over. You have to get pretty close to notice my cheap cover up.
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I may try this! Just bought a 2006 model with lots of decal age issues. Any tips on matching color?
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Any tips on matching color?
Nope.

Fortunately for me only the darkest (almost black) decal was damaged, and only on the side that gets continual southern exposure. So I just used black and live with the minor mismatch.

I did note at the auto parts store there were a lot of colors that were pretty close. Maybe a friend at a body shop/car dealer can help you find a paint code that will sort of match.

It sure looks better that those nasty white cracks!
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Nope.

Fortunately for me only the darkest (almost black) decal was damaged, and only on the side that gets continual southern exposure. So I just used black and live with the minor mismatch.

I did note at the auto parts store there were a lot of colors that were pretty close. Maybe a friend at a body shop/car dealer can help you find a paint code that will sort of match.

It sure looks better that those nasty white cracks!
Good post...should help a lot of folks. As I was de-baging mine today, I found out where Lippert spent a ton of money.....there damn electric rear stabilizer decal...only one that acted like a 5 layer decal, even with a heat gun.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:55 PM   #5
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I am going to remove all of mine and replace with something different.
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Old 05-31-2015, 01:23 PM   #6
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This is what I did.

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How did you safely remove them? Would like to do the same with my Sunseeker.
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To match color closely...buy a couple of pens you think are close...then choosing the most likely one...do a paint card on something plastic using the pen. Let dry then hold the card against your decal to see how close it REALLY is. If not close enough...on to the the next pen. It can get a little expensive but still cheaper than the alternatives!
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Slowly and use a heat gun...just not on high.
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