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Old 05-30-2015, 07:19 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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Old 05-30-2015, 09:02 PM   #3
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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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I am going to remove all of mine and replace with something different.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:23 PM   #6
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This is what I did.

Before.



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Old 05-31-2015, 12:50 PM   #7
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How did you safely remove them? Would like to do the same with my Sunseeker.
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Old 05-31-2015, 01:17 PM   #9
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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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Old 05-31-2015, 01:27 PM   #11
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Probably should get a cover

As to getting a cover for your RV. Save your money. After having had 2 blow off and rip to shreds in two years, Total loss $660. I have tried to secure them with additional cordage and have tried to repair them. I'll just stop paying $260 to $400 a pop. It doesn't seem to matter the brand nor the fabric, they 've both been irreparable junk.
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How did you safely remove them? Would like to do the same with my Sunseeker.
Most of mine came off with the hose when I was washing after my last trip. The rest of them I started with a razor blade on one edge then peeled off.
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If all else fails.....get yourself to the International FROG Rally in Goshen, IN. and let the factoy folks replace them. I promise thay do GREAT work.
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:10 AM   #14
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Same problem with decals on my trailer (2006 5th wheel). FR couldn't supply new ones, price for new ones from others was ridiculous, the spread of quotes was triple the lowest, and painting quote was way out of my price range.

Took a piece of each colour (3) of decal to local auto supply store and purchased matching colours in spray cans. Then followed the steps:

-removed entire decal with air heat gun (easy)
-removed glue with "goo gone" and razer scraper (time consuming)
-masked around edge of decal with painters tape which is still slightly visible (easy)
-covered overspray area with news paper (easy)
-1 coat of primer and 3 coats of automotive spray paint per stripe (easy)

Looks great ! Can't tell the difference between the painted stripes and remaining decals. About $20 for materials for 8 ft stripe and 3-4 hrs time.

Much cheaper than any other quote that I received.

I do each decal as it peals.
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Mine were cracked and nasty. I removed them by parking it so the sun hit the decals on an 80 degree day. A good bit pulled off, while some required a plastic scraper that I moved slowly under the decal. It was really not too bad. I cleaned up the remaining adhesive with denatured alcohol which was the worst part of the job.

I'm going to leave it bare, I do not want to have to remove the decals again in a couple of years.
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