At Coach Specialists of Texas in Fort Worth, we tend to see a significant amount of RV paint damage each month. In many cases, the paint damage isn’t always caused by a collision, but by general wear and tear, as well as from dangerous weather conditions. Now that it’s summer and the prime time to be hitting the road in your motorhome, it’s a great time to evaluate your RV’s paint condition. If your RV is sporting some unfortunate paint deterioration, it can put a real damper on your travels. To help you understand why this is happening to your motorhome’s paint, here is our guide to the most common types of RV paint problems and what you can do to avoid them in the future.
Peeling clear coat or delamination.
We discussed this in last week’s blog post and it’s a very common problem among motorhomes, causing much frustration for their owners. This kind of issue might be due to incompatible layers of paint used during manufacturing or during a faulty paint job at a questionable RV repair facility. It might also be caused by minor exterior irritation to the top clear coat of paint, leading to peeling, or it could be caused by exposure to the elements, leading to bubbling in the clear coat. In most of these instances, there is very little you can do to prevent this damage, but it’s always best to keep your motorhome out of the elements as much as possible.
Chipped paint is usually caused by accidentally scraping your RV against something, but it can also be caused by exposure to the elements. Sometimes it will start as delamination, leading to damage to the layers of paint below. Again, it’s important to keep your vehicle out of the elements as much as possible and to address any clear coat peeling as soon as you can in order to prevent further damage.
The big Texas sun is often to blame for fading RV paint and graphics, but pollution and debris can also play a role. To prevent fading, park in the shade as often as you can and take the time to wax your RV every time you wash it.
Motorhome paint scratches are most often caused by road debris, foliage, and other objects lining the road. The best thing you can do is to be very aware of the size of your vehicle, avoiding foliage and debris wherever possible.
If you had RV repair performed in the past and you’re experiencing rust, there’s a chance that the shop neglected to follow important steps to prevent corrosion to your replacement parts. Rust is also usually caused when your RV’s paint is already compromised (from delamination and peeling paint) and water seeps in, causing oxidation. To prevent rust, the best thing you can do is to address damaged paint immediately and to preserve the condition of your paint by washing frequently, waxing diligently, and avoiding dangerous weather conditions.
Do you have questions about RV paint problems, like delamination, rust, and fading?
At Coach Specialists of Texas, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have. We can help you determine what might have caused your paint damage and also provide you with a free estimate for repairs. We look forward to meeting you!