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Old 11-14-2017, 09:16 PM   #1
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Faded front nose

We have a 2013 39ft Redwood 36RL and the front nose (over the hitch) is faded and dull. I've seen this on many other Redwoods about that age. The rest of the RV is in great shape inside and out and we love it but the front end really makes it look old and bad. I believe the problem is that it is Gel-Coat and not paint. Has anyone had this same problem? Has anyone had this part painted? If so, how has it worked out? Does anyone have a suggestion on where is a good place to have it done? We summer in the St. Louis, MO area and winter in Punta Gorda, FL.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:47 AM   #2
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You are right, it is the Color Infused Gel Coat fading.
Yes many Redwoods with the Gel Coat Front and Rear Caps are fading but this is not limited to Redwood, all RVs with the Color Infused Gel Coat Front and Rear Caps are having the same issues.
Some manufacturers have started painting the Front and Rear Caps of new units to resolve the issue and some manufacturers including Redwood covered the painting of Front and Rear Caps of some units that showed fading during the warranty period.
A number of Redwood owners with the fading caps have had them painted with very good results.
Maybe somebody will chime is with shops in your areas that they have used for painting.
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:35 PM   #3
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This has been a problem from day one. Call your dealer and advise them of the problem. Redwood has painted over this problem before.
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Old 11-17-2017, 02:54 AM   #4
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As long as ANY RV manufacturers continue to produce color infused Gelcoat, this issue will be around...

When Looking for new, the first question I asked was if the cap was infused, of automotive painted and clear coated...
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So...did RW use both infused and non-infused gelcoat? Ours is a 2013 model year but manufactured in 2012. We've had no problem, thankfully.
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Old 11-17-2017, 03:06 PM   #6
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Tom ~ if your coach is gelcoat and not full paint, I'm amazed if there's no fading. This is a big problem in the boat world also. Colored gel coat just does not hold up to UV
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Tom, as far as I know, ALL colored gelcoat is done the same.. I would consider myself lucky.. I had an older Holiday TT that had a colored front cap, I had the body shop paint it, and clear coat it...
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I guess I'm very lucky. We have full paint. Maybe I should start running commercials for Aerospace 303; which I use on the front cap after every washing. However, I've been using that product solely to be able to remove bugs easier.
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The full paint did not have that issue, although some of the dark colors in paint had some issues with spider cracking over gelcoat.
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Our 2013 RL was manufactured in December 2012. There is no sign of fading on the nose cap. Looks as good as when we visited the factory in Syracuse, Indiana on a very cold day in December 2012 except for a few dings from road debris.

Full disclosure - Our RW is stored in a covered storage facility 9-10 months per year and has about 3,500 total miles after four years. Most of that mileage is from attending two RW rallies in Shipshewana, the initial trip from the factory to the Kansas City area and one trip to Bremen, Indiana to repair the damage from one of the 16" Marathon E tires blowing out (all tires upgraded to Firestone 550 17.5" H rated tires).

The slide seals, caps and side joint sealant and roof joints, for our Redwood require similar repair/maintenance as our previous travel trailer did which was stored outside without any protection.

The travel trailer stick on graphics nearly disappeared or curled over a four year period while remaining surfaces turned to a dull chalk like surface. The travel trailer had a total of 800 miles over the four years we owned it. Most of those miles was for the delivery from the factory to the Kansas City area.
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