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Old 07-25-2019, 06:30 PM   #1
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Faded front cap

Any suggestions (besides new paint job) on what to do with an extremely faded front cap dark brown in colour
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:45 PM   #2
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Hi again,,,only thing is paint with clearcoat...had mine done 5 yrs ago and only do a spray wax once a yr...10 minute job...
You can try all the brainwash waxes and compounds but will never last...do it right the first place and enjoy your trailer.
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:23 PM   #3
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Here's a product that will revive the color. A good inexpensive first try. I'd give it a shot. https://www.owatrolusa.com/product/marine-polytrol/
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:25 PM   #4
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Thanks I’ll give it a try
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Old 07-26-2019, 03:12 PM   #5
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Dont waste your time...it is dark gelcoat and will fade soon after doing anything but paint....stop at a boat yard that fixes and paints fiberglass boats and get their opinion...bet they say paint...
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Old 07-26-2019, 03:39 PM   #6
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It's easy to say don't waste your time. But for those that don't have the ability to come with $1200 to $2000 to paint the front cap, it's an inexpensive solution.
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Old 07-26-2019, 04:10 PM   #7
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Do what you want ...just saying most waxing is a waste of time...it is our mistake by buying dark colours...never again fo me ...
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Old 07-26-2019, 04:31 PM   #8
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What you can do is try the gelcoat repair and if it looks good, take it in and have it clearcoated right over the decals. May be cheaper if you tape it off and cover it...
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Old 08-01-2019, 03:13 PM   #9
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We used Poly Glow, that was 2 months ago and it hasn't faded yet........
Here are the before and after shots, the after being two months after we (I) applied it.
Needs to reapplied every 6 months but if you do that no need to remove any oxide again...
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Old 08-01-2019, 03:48 PM   #10
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WOW looks like it worked very well I ordered my polytrol colour restore canít wait to give it a try
This is what my rig looks like now
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Decal fading

The same thing happened to ours on the left side, which faces Southwest all the time. But, I'm 68 years old, the 5er is nine years old, so I plan on pulling it through the Pearly Gates, faded decal and all!!
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Keep us updated on the outcome.
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Old 08-01-2019, 07:23 PM   #13
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That's not much worse than ours, before the Poly Glow, you may want the Poly Ox (powder) as well as the Poly Prep (liquid) as it does a better job of removing the oxidation. I also used the powdered Bars Keeper Friend product, with the Poly Ox, to get rid of the oxidation.
Its a chemical reaction so you use a scrub pad to agitate the powder on a damp surface and it removes the oxidation. Have a hose handy as its takes LOTS of water to rinse off at this stage. That was the hardest step lots of elbow grease and my fifth wheel cap is smaller
Lower your front down as much as possible too.
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:08 AM   #14
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Any suggestions (besides new paint job) on what to do with an extremely faded front cap dark brown in colour
We have a 2013 Crossroads Sunset Reserve hat the nose was faded out so i decided to clear coat it turned out great looks like a new trailer. Painted right over the decal on the front.
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I pondered this issue 100 times. I polished til my arms fell off. I even spent time rigging a special scaffold so I could polish my arms off every six months.
One day, after looking at the half-ass job I did in 6 hours, I said Enough is Enough.
I called around, and a local Truck repair facility does insurance body work on RVs, and they quoted me $800-1000 plus decals to paint and clearcoat my cap, if I took the decals off.
I took off the lights as well.
With most of the decals, (some are no longer available) the job was $1,100. No, I don't have that kind of money laying around, but I was literally tired of trying unsuccessfully to keep a shine on that bad gelcoat.
I look forward to camping, not polishing.
My only advise is, get all your decals and scenes in your hand before you start the painting. It took three business days to prep and paint, but more than three weeks to get the available decals (about 1/2 of them), and I still need to have some custom made.
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Old 08-25-2019, 03:32 PM   #16
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Fyi...
My 2017 290QB has a faded front cap and it's a light tan. They're not all dark in color.
My dealer stopped selling Crossroads and doing warranty work. I was told it was only under a 1 year warranty anyway.
I researched auto body paint job...can't afford it.
I also researched putting a vinyl wrap over the whole front cap. They want $15/sq. foot which is real expensive. So I'm stuck.
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Paguy77, Check out post 3 in this thread. It's worth a shot to improve color.
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:30 PM   #18
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Thanks mark5w.
I'm going to try it. Now to figure out how to reach it all while on a ladder????
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The same thing happened to ours on the left side, which faces Southwest all the time. But, I'm 68 years old, the 5er is nine years old, so I plan on pulling it through the Pearly Gates, faded decal and all!!
Same here and planning to do the same as you.
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Old 09-22-2019, 03:01 PM   #20
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Have you applied the polytrol yet? How were your results? I have similar before look on my 2015 ST. Am considering applying to mine.
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