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DannyA

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Posted: 09/09/20 06:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 5th wheel is 7 years old and decals are beginning to crack.
My question, is there anything I can coat them with to keep them from peeling?


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Posted: 09/09/20 07:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A little late once they are cracked but 303 Aerospace Protectant may slow them from getting worse.


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I have used 303 on them all along, guess not often enough!

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Once they start cracking and peeling they are done for. There are sources for replacements if you want to replace the old ones.

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No peel yet, just a few cracks.

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Nope, keep 303ing or waxing them and get the most outta them you can.

I HATE cheap vinyl decals on stuff exposed to alot of UV. With the RV industry, it is like an epidemic of planned obsolescence.
Some recommend scraping the decals right away before you get discoloration in the siding, but then your camper look like a FEMA trailer.
I've been slowly cutting back the "splash" looking decals on our old camper, keeps em from looking too raggedy. And you cant really tell since they are irregular shaped. If I actually had spare time, I'd scrape em all and either do some vinyl wrap, paint or get a new set of decals.


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It takes a lot of work and time to get them off.

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I have not used 303 so can not comment on it. I have however used McKees Graphic and Vinyl restorer with good results on my graphics. The graphic were starting to show there age.

https://www.mckees37.com/rv-vinyl-decal-graphic-restorer.html


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DannyA wrote:

No peel yet, just a few cracks.


If you are lucky, they may not peel. My sun side, when parked has cracked, but I still use 303 on them, couple times a year, with no peel yet.

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Apply 303 every 6 weeks on entire exterior of trailer.
It only takes me 30 minutes on a 30ft trailer using a car wash mop.

Sound a little excessive? Perhaps but it works.

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