The sides are more than likely an automotive paint with a clear coat (top coat).
There is no clear coat on gelcoat.
The oxidation can be removed and the shine restored with a polishing compound and then use a UV protectant to help slow down oxidation.
Harold and Linda
2009 CT Coachworks siena 35V
W-22 Workhorse 8.1L
Guess I learned something new today. Never heard of anyone putting a top-coat on gel-coat. Do you know why they did it?
It was cheaper than full body paint and produces a great shine that is easy to maintain.
But....at about the 15 year mark it started peeling off the gel coat covered area especially where the sun hits it in storage.
I have been learning how to successfully repair the areas using a 2 part clear coat rattle can in my driveway. A lot of sanding and buffing but not too bad a result. My time is worth nothing and the paint costs $22 a can.
Google the coatings company "SOMAY and look over their roof coatings. Then call them and disscuss your needs and wants. I've used some of their products on building roof and think you can find a really good coating for much less and much easier insstallation than some mentioned above. They are located in Miami, Fl.
DRIVE A 2001 NEWMAR DUTCH STAR WITH 330 HP CUMMINS AND TOW A RANGER 4X4. TRAVEL WITH SPOUSE AND PET TINKER BELL OUR CORGIE.
It's certainly up to you as to applying any paint to an already protected roof. By that I mean, it's fiberglass and, can be cleaned, polished and waxed. Yep, it's a bit of work. But, in the end, you'll have your original roof, without any add ons, and, if you need to get up there and service something and walk around, install or what ever, you'll not be concerned about damaging the "paint job". And, since that roof does flex, the paint they're making now days is some what flexible but, does it flex enough for foot prints on a flexing roof??
I posted what I did to mine a few weeks ago and yes Sir, it was some work. But, it was what I wanted to do. My rig is an '04 Itasca Horizon with full body paint. The roof had not been touched since the day it rolled out of the factory floor. We're the third owners. I know for sure, neither of the previous owners were up there messing around.
So, I began with wax. Nope, it wasn't happening. Too much hard work for just wax. So, out came the buffer and cutting/polishing compound. Two days later, it was completely done. Flys have a hard time staying on that roof now. I've since put a coat of "Kit" wax on it and wow, does it look nice. It took me a bit longer to do the buff job because I had to stop every other foot and use a metal scraper to literally scrape off excess Silicone sealer that had be tracked all over the roof by installers of various components up there like Kingdomes, vent covers etc. What air heads.
Anyway, it's all done, it was a lot of work. But, seeing it in this manor, I'd never put any paint or anything else up there. But, that's just me. It's yours so, you make the choice. By the way, in one of the pics, it's so reflective now that looking straight on to it, you'll see the tubing that's used for the framing of the cover the coach is sitting under.
Scott and Karla SDFD RETIRED
2004 Itasca Horizon, 36GD Slate Blue 330 CAT
2011 White Honda CRV EX-L,4WD w/NAV Toad 2008 Caliente Red LVL II GL 1800 Goldwing KI60ND
Are you positive without a doubt that it is a fiberglass roof? I have read some different info on Monaco roofs and when they went to fiberglass. Some models had aluminum until 2006. Some had rubber roofs in that time period. Just askin....