My RV has looked sad for many years, with the vinyl stripes all cracked and faded, the color scheme dated, and the colors faded. So, this year when I came down to Mazatlan, I was determined to finally get that paint job I've wanted for many years. There's a famous painting family down here that was recommended by many and I'd been lucky enough to see their work several times on RVs, trucks, and cars. After missing 4 start dates they finally started on it this week. It's coming along nicely and I'm so pleased I thought I'd post some pictures. They're half done, the upper section gets gelcoat and new stripping, but it looks good. Cost is $789.00 USD. Paint is the expensive stuff and the plastic bumper was pre-treated to make the paint chemically bond to the plastic.
Here's how it looked after they cleaned it up and removed the old vinyl stripes. They also filled in all the chips and scratches in the plastic and fiberglass.
Then, a picture after the lower section was painted.
Front view taken in Arlington, Oregon in Oct. '11:
Then some closer shots:
Close up of the bumper:
Check out how bad the vinyl stripes looked before:
Like the paint so far and good price. I do have an unrelated question though. Is it really safe to RV in Mexico? I hear horror stories. I know people do it, and considered it myself, but I do know that my insurance company forbids it.
I checked the conversion just now and it's $789.00. Didn't miss a decimal point.
And this painting family sticks to their quotes.
One thing I liked about the young man that's doing the painting is that when I asked him if he'd do my RV he just asked a couple questions about what I wanted and immediately came up with a quote and painting procedure I could live with. Didn't try to talk me into a full body paint. So far he and his crew are doing exactly what I expected from the initial quote. Today they're working on the stripes. He's an artist and suggested a new color scheme I really like too.
Yes, it's very safe here. Just read several of the on-line forums about safety procedures, there's even a travel in Mexico section of this forum.
Your insurance company doesn't know what they're talking about. They should have just told you that your US policy doesn't work here in Mexico, you buy Mexican coverage before you cross the border. I use Lewis & Lewis. $330 for six months.
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A paint job here in the U.S. would not be much more if it wasn't for all the EPA and OASHA regulations. The fact you can not paint out in the open any more. You have to use a specially designed and approved high teck booth, spray guns, clothes, resperator, and insurance has driven the price sky high.