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Old 06-24-2016, 02:02 PM   #1
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Delamination repair

Well, I have decided to bite the bullet and have the front panel, etc. replaced on my Sunset Trail. I've found a place a couple of hours away that appear to be able to do the job. From phone conversations, I can pay for the parts up front and once they have come in and are inspected to make sure everything is OK, I will take the trailer to them. Said it would take about a week, but some of the time would be to allow any moisture that is trapped to dry. Hoping for the best.
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Good luck with the repair. Keep us posted.
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I don't if you seen this or not, but it has some interesting reading.
The Ins and Outs of RV Delamination Disasters - RV Life
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
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Thanks Lloyd. Yep, I've read many like that one when trying to figure out what to do. And I've noticed several campers with that problem too. I'm hoping that mine will come back "good as new", or at least as close to it as it can be.
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Old 07-08-2016, 07:50 AM   #5
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I've gotten a couple of estimates on the repair, and they are vastly different in cost. However, I feel a little more confident that the higher priced estimate is probably more accurate for the work required.

One thing I am concerned about is if I replace the current brown panel with another just like it (which has faded badly), I may be faced with fading on the new panel in a year or two. I was told that there is a champagne color panel that will work on my unit, but I don't know how that would work with the current color scheme. Also considering having the shop go ahead a paint the doggone panel before they install and apply the new decals. That would add to the cost but may save me time and money in the future.
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I don't know what the champagne color looks like, but the newer ones like I have have the lighter color which I believe looks good and should look good on yours. I think it would still match main body color, but not sure on yours.
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Old 07-10-2016, 04:46 AM   #7
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I don't know what the champagne color looks like, but the newer ones like I have have the lighter color which I believe looks good and should look good on yours. I think it would still match main body color, but not sure on yours.
Well, looks like my three options at this point are (1) Have the original brown cap from CR put on and hope for the best (2) Order the champagne color and if it looks OK have it put on, if not, have it painted to match, or (3) have the shop build a new panel from "scratch" and paint it to match. Option 3 would likely be the more expensive route though. I'm leaning toward option 2, especially since the champagne is slightly less in cost.

Sure would be nice if I could get someone at CR to advise about using the champagne color on my trailer (as to how it would look, etc.), but I have not had much luck with getting any kind of info in the past, so I won't even try.
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Old 07-13-2016, 01:59 AM   #8
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I was told by a custom boat builder/body man that the front caps are a gel coat and you should be able to cut polish the oxidization out then either put a good glaze/wax on or have someone scuff the cap with 600 grit wet-sand then shoot a clear on it and done. The clear will have UV protect ant in it and prevent future fading.

He has recommended to me to try the glaze and see how well it works. I have successfully removed the oxidization with 3M compound and a yellow buff pad, my brown cap looks new, I coated it with good glaze polish. Looks beauty!!

Just re-read your post sounds like you have leaks so I guess you have to replace cap.... Maybe just get them to shoot a clear on your new cap, done doesn't matter what color you get.
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:21 AM   #9
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That sound like a good plan to follow once I get it back. But yes, the front cap definitely needs replacing. Leaks have been stopped, but the damage was done.
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This is a product that restores the finish of gel coat. And then protects it.
Products To Restore and Protect Oxidized Surfaces
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