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Old 01-27-2014, 08:38 AM   #1
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Cap Paint Fading

A friend's year old Eagle has an otherwise attractive brown front cap that is fading just below the roof line. He's not a computer guy, so I'm writing for him. A repairman told me this was not an uncommon problem when he worked for a Jayco dealer. Is it worth it for my friend to take it to the dealer, or would the repaint be temporary also? He and his wife use it as full timers, so going to the dealer is not a no-brainer.

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:00 AM   #2
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I would take it in and have them re-shoot it and put a good clear over it. The clear will take all the abuse and not fade. It might cost a little more unless Jayco steps up.


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Old 01-27-2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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I would contact Jayco first, possibly with pictures, and lay it on them for a decision.

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Old 01-27-2014, 03:25 PM   #4
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We had a 2012 that faded here. Jayco authorized a local painter to re-shoot and clear coat. I would contact your local dealer or Jayco.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:08 PM   #5
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Our 2013 Eagle 284BHS with the dark front started fading/hazing a month after we purchased it. I noticed it on the top of the front cap and each month it was spreading across the top and then down the front of the cap. Nothing we did would stop the fading/hazing. Finally in December I contacted Jayco and sent them pictures of the fading/glazing front and they said I would need to take it into an authorized dealer/service center and they will assess the problem. The dealer took one look at it and said that Jayco would either replace the front cap or repaint it. The issue with gel coat is that has to be removed down to the fiberglass ($$$) in order for a paint job to last. The Eagle and I made the return trip home (120miles) and waited for the dealer to call back. Within 4 days the dealer called and said that Jayco was going to pay for the paint job. Since, the cap was going to be repainted, my wife and I agreed that we wanted repainted WHITE (a shade that would match the side of the Eagle). The dealer/service center agreed that they would repaint it in the color we requested as our 2 year warranty is about to expire anyway and extended warranties do not cover the exterior of the TT. The paint job is warranted for 5 years at the dealer. They did a GREAT job and we are EXTREMELY happy with the finished product, as you can see in the pictures below. First benefit is that the exterior cap temperature does not go over 200 degrees (like the dark front) in the direct sun, the max cap temperature so far with the white front has been 128 degrees in the direct sun light.
One thing I learned through this experience is that after talking to a few body shops about the fading/hazing, clear coat is not recommended to be used on a gel coat, unless you use the best product on the market (somewhere around $130 a gallon), the cheaper ones and gel-coat do not get along. They have had a number of the dark front TT's (multi-brands) with the same issue and had to repaint them, and they are expecting to get a LOT more as time goes on. I am very happy that Jayco followed through with correcting the problem.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:16 PM   #6
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Dealer did a great job there!
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:05 PM   #7
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Thanks, Mustang, I'll read this to my friend.
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:10 AM   #8
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Good choice going with the white color.
In past years, I had a Hobie Cat sailboat, which have the gelcoat finish. I was very active with the regional fleet events. The only boat color that looked any good after a couple years, was white. The dark ones always looked like crap after a couple years in the sun. You could extend that time by always keeping it covered, but the sun always wins in the end. Gelcoat is NOT paint. Don't fool yourself on this point.
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As nice as the darker colors are (appearance wise), I'll never own anything but white or very light colors now, for reasons mentioned above. Heat. Had a majority metallic black Tiffin a few years back, and in the south in the summer, geez.

Pretty much been covered, but I'd vote for a repaint. Had to repaint the cap on our Cedar Creek. It was for cracking issues, but I did notice a lot of others with the fading of the cap, so it was just a matter of time.

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