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Old 11-18-2019, 07:17 AM   #1
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Solutions For End Cap fade

Hi all! We have a 2013 Sunset Trail and, like many other owners of this model, we have terrible fading on the front cap. We tried buffing it out and it looks just as bad. We really don’t have the proper equipment to get in there and do a proper job. Has anyone had their cap wrapped? We’re thinking of doing that so we can just go around the issue. I’ve attached a photo of what it looks like. Any helpful feedback is appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:39 AM   #2
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Not sure which would be cheaper, but with the condition of yours wrapping or automotive paint is your only repair options, looks like it's beyond buffing.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:51 PM   #3
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Had my '13 clearcoated just before warranty expired...still looks great ..only answer ...may sound pricy but worth it in the long run.
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Old 11-19-2019, 11:24 AM   #4
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I just seen a 5th wheel here in the hot AZ sun that has the front cap sprayed with spray in bed liner. It surprisingly looks great
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I just seen a 5th wheel here in the hot AZ sun that has the front cap sprayed with spray in bed liner. It surprisingly looks great



Being a textured surface, it must collect a lot of bugs and debris from the road.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:04 PM   #6
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Just have to keep it waxed.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:11 PM   #7
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Sounds ok Lloyd, but you can't wax a textured bed liner.
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Being a textured surface, it must collect a lot of bugs and debris from the road.
But not going to hurt it to scrub the crap out of it.
Had plans to do that to the section below the overhang on my 5th wheel to cover up & prevent future rock chips, but sold it before I got to it.
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Just talked to the guy with the spray bedliner on his front cap said he loves it. Pulled it to Yuma from Alberta,the bugs and dirt come right off. It has a gloss finish not the standard box finish no need to wax
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I had a paint flaw from the factory on my cap. Service Manager convinced me to go with Line-X which is a spray in box liner material instead of repainting. It is a rough texture, flat black the same as the box liners. Drove it from Alberta down to Arizona in September and it got covered with bugs and crud. Simply washed off with a power washer and looks great. Glad I made that choice. Time will tell as to what the hot sun will do to it over the long haul but we had a couple weeks of 100 degrees in AZ while we were there and no issues. Hopefully my pic will upload properly so you can see it. Doug
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Line X has a premium coating that stays mostly glossy & can be somewhat color matched, a bit more pricey but looks better than the semi flat black.
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Just have to keep it waxed.
You can wax and polish until the cows come home. It only lasts a few weeks. The only cure is a quality automotive base coat/clear coat finish. Don't go to a RV dealer they will usually send it out and markup the price. Try a truck or equipment refinisher. They will have a large enough paint booth.
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Old 11-24-2019, 03:40 PM   #13
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Faded front cap

Hello Maureenz my RV is the same year same front cap fading issue almost identical to yours.
Long story short I purchased marine poly troll with a pre cleaner, my plan is to use it next spring and see what it does, I attached a pic of the product just google the brand name and read the reviews.

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Same problem with mine. I used a detergent cleaner to get the imbedded dirt and discoloration off (black streaks).

I then took Simoniz polishing compound (white) and got all the scale off. I used Simoniz (red) on tougher areas and got it back to its original color with a matte finish. Then Simoniz paste wax. It came out looking like new.

The decal has gone to hell. My plans in the spring are to remove, polish and not replace it.

This was a LOT of work that most people don’t want to do. Even my detail shop balked at working that hard on a trailer. But, it did come back looking nice.
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