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Old 08-07-2014, 11:50 AM   #1
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Clear coat finish is peeling, again

Just wondering how many owners of 2002-2006 Winnebagos are still having trouble with the clear coat finish peeling off the front/rear caps and all along the roof curvatures?
I had to have my 2004 Meridian re-painted in Forest City in 2008 (the claim was this was due to a light coverage to comply with environmental controls during that period of time. But now it's doing it all over again so I'm wondering what the excuse is going to be now.
How many of you have had to have your coach re-painted at least once and now maybe needing it again?
Don't know whether to have a local small body shop do it this time or make my 4th trip to FC for another paint job. They did it free in 2008 so I'm wondering what the cost will be now there or at a paint shop. But not even sure our small town has one that can handle a large coach, even though the one I use for cars does excellent work.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:40 PM   #2
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Just had the areas you mentioned redone with clearcoat a couple of months ago along with the entire nose (removing diamond shield and repainting) due to badly cracking of the Diamond Shield. No more Diamond Shield for me.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:52 PM   #3
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Harry - could I ask about what it cost you for that job? I don't know what Winnebago's paint shop will charge for that work but I'm sure it will be plenty, besides the $8-$900 it will cost me to get there and back home (and maybe another $200 or so for motel room if they can't do it in one day, which they did last time and may be the reason it hasn't lasted any better).
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:09 PM   #4
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I removed the clear plastic that came from factory on the front of my Suncruiser. It pulled some of the paint off the lower front bumper area. I have a quote of $850. By a local reputable RV repair service in Ashland, VA to rep ain't. I am waiting for Labor Day to pass as they are booked and will get to me after the big holiday weekend.
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:05 PM   #5
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Oh yes time for a re-paint on my '05 Journey. The color coat on the the curved roof edge also need to be done the entire length in addition to the front and rear end caps. Would not have it done at the factory. Looking at paint shops around the country. Will be a road trip when I find the right place.
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:50 PM   #6
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Don't feel too bad. My 99 Airstream had the clearcoat peeling on the top front and back when we bought it 6 years ago. Seems to have peeled off down so far and then stopped getting worse - so who cares.

My theory is they stand on the ground to spray it on so by the time they get to the top it is a bit too much of a stretch to get a decent coating thickness applied.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:05 PM   #7
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If you call Dave at CDI in Forest City I think you will suprised at the cost. Dave took care of mine and I am happy with the results . This is problem with other makes to not just Winnebago. It was a one day fix ,so not all gloom and doom.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:22 PM   #8
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I just got a quote from Advance Custom Paint here in MI. $3316 to do the front and rear cap area along with the side radius. Precision Paint in IN quoted me just over $1600 last winter. Also, ours has been painted twice as well. I contacted a company that does wraps but they never have gotten back with me so I guess that's not an option. I have a hard time understanding why it doesn't last. My thought is that it's just poorer preparation and application. Once they have your money they know it will last at least as long as any warranty they would give you. So not much for them to worry about. I see where they make a topside boat paint with a high gloss that you can apply with a foam roller. Problem is getting a paint color that could come close to what you have for a color scheme but so far I haven't found anything.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:43 PM   #9
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Harry - could I ask about what it cost you for that job? I don't know what Winnebago's paint shop will charge for that work but I'm sure it will be plenty, besides the $8-$900 it will cost me to get there and back home (and maybe another $200 or so for motel room if they can't do it in one day, which they did last time and may be the reason it hasn't lasted any better).
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I spend about $3700 for the stated repairs. I forgot to mention that it also included repainting a basement door and had the vent cover and roof AC cover painted to match the coach. Everything came out great. Like new again :-)
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:12 PM   #10
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If you call Dave at CDI in Forest City I think you will suprised at the cost. Dave took care of mine and I am happy with the results . This is problem with other makes to not just Winnebago. It was a one day fix ,so not all gloom and doom.
Surprised glad or surprised "oh my gosh"? I wonder if CDI has a number of their own or if I just need to Winnebago Customer Service?
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:59 PM   #11
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Having painted many coaches over the years with this problem, we've yet to have one come back after repairs were made. I can't imagine any shop that could preform the necessary repairs in less then a couple days if following the correct procedures. Typically all the old clear needs to be sanded off and in doing so will get it into the color, so color needs to be re-applied and a high quality 2 to 1 urethane clear applied with at least 3 coats or 3mil thickness. If the peeling clear isn't removed and/or edges feathered it will lift the new applied clear in time. So if a shop was to just scuff and shoot in a single day, then yes I'd expect the new to start flaking in due time. Average cost here in Washington State to properly prep, paint & clear is $2500.

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Old 08-09-2014, 12:37 AM   #12
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I noticed my front cap and the sides all the way back peeling several years ago. I emailed Winnebago and had a reply back from CDI looking to help before I got up in the morning.

I already had a local RV shop with a 50' HEPA paint booth look at it and had the two talk.. CDI wanted to send paint and cover labor, but my shop said No, they if they are going to guarantee the job for life it's with their paint. They finally figured it out and did the job. It still looks better than new, but now I need to do the back cap.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:46 AM   #13
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We've got the roof to side corners peeling and we're currently getting price quotes on vinyl wraps on these areas as another option to repainting. Has anyone tried this process? They seem to last quite a while on trucks and buses in our area...
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:09 AM   #14
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I have the same problem with my paint. I plan on getting it fixed this summer. I think I will call CDI on Monday and see what they can offer.
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