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Old 10-24-2016, 07:53 PM   #1
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Help on exterior paint job

HI, any info or suggestions on how to prepare the exterior for a new paint job? The original sun line decals are flaking off
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The hardest part will be the striping since Sunline's stripes on those older campers are on to stay. I did some repainting on my 92 Solaris and since I didn't want an uneven surface where some of the striping was cracked and peeling, I applied new, flat aluminum panels over the corrugated striped section and applied new stripes. For the rest of the panels, if the paint is intact, scrub with detergent, wipe down with wax and grease remover, rough up with 220 grit paper and one more time with the W&G remover. You should then be ready to apply paint.
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HI, any info or suggestions on how to prepare the exterior for a new paint job? The original sun line decals are flaking off
If you prefer to keep the appearance and texture of the original metal siding, the decals can be removed. Use mama's hair dryer to gently warm the material and will slowly peel away. I've had good luck removing the adhesive residue with mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol. If neither of them work, there are some commercial adhesive removers available at your local home center or hardware store.

Then prep as Rich suggests.

Someone posted just recently about using canned spray paints to reproduce the striping, if not here then over on the Facebook group. The results were very, very good.
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Someone posted just recently about using canned spray paints to reproduce the striping, if not here then over on the Facebook group. The results were very, very good.
I remember seeing that as well. I found a sample piece of striping I had and just had three automotive spray cans mixed to match this past weekend. I'm going to attempt this on my 2653's entry doors, after I disassemble them and paint them white with Fusion first.
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Jon, what's fusion?
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Jon, what's fusion?

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Krylon's paint formulated for especially for plastics. Available in spray cans most anywhere paint is sold.
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If you prefer to keep the appearance and texture of the original metal siding, the decals can be removed. Use mama's hair dryer to gently warm the material and will slowly peel away. I've had good luck removing the adhesive residue with mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol. If neither of them work, there are some commercial adhesive removers available at your local home center or hardware store.

Then prep as Rich suggests.

Someone posted just recently about using canned spray paints to reproduce the striping, if not here then over on the Facebook group. The results were very, very good.
Steve,

What is the facebook group's name?

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Krylon's paint formulated for especially for plastics. Available in spray cans most anywhere paint is sold.
Yep, this. The doors seem in good shape yet, so I see no need to put new plastic on when they are just a little yellow. I'll remove, disassemble, polish the frames, mark where the stripes were, prep and spray the doors, prep and spray the stripes, then clearcoat everything, then reassemble.

Door window frames are cracked, so instead of painting those, I'll replace. Door handles will need painting though.
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I used the spray cans to re-do my striping. It's been over three years and it's still holding up nicely. Also painted the door with Krylon before I striped it. There are pictures in the albums on my profile.
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I used the spray cans to re-do my striping. It's been over three years and it's still holding up nicely. Also painted the door with Krylon before I striped it. There are pictures in the albums on my profile.
My biggest concern is masking the lines so they are straight. I got some thin, automotive masking tape, so I hope that works, but I'm still worried. Did regular masking tape and pushing it down into the texture work alright for you?
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Jon, I painted the stripes on my 92 Sunline door and that narrow, automotive masking tape which is used for turning sharp curves did seem to conform better to the pebbly grained fiberglass than regular masking tape. I did still notice a little paint bleeding under the tape in some spots though. Maybe I didn't press hard enough there. I also applied 1/4" wide reflective striping for the white stripe to match the 2005-2007 striping I put on that camper. That looked good for a few years, but began to lift.
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I used the blue painter's tape on the door (and all the striping), not regular masking tape. I did have to push it down on the door, I used a piece of plastic and went over the edges of the tape, kind of like if you were using a pencil. I did have some small areas where it bled because the tape wasn't pushed down enough but I just touched those up with a brush. I tried the green frog tape also but that did not work nearly as well.
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I was going to try the Snot Tape for rough surfaces but couldn't find it locally. I'd like to see if that would stop the bleeding.
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