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Old 06-03-2018, 03:54 PM   #1
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clear paint for faded nose cone?

I have the severely faded nose cone on my class C. seems to be a rather common issue. A couple years ago I was shocked at how well the acrylic floor polish trick made it look....(scrubbed entire coach with barkeepers friend, then many light coats of floor polish). Sadly, it didn't last forever. I had full intention of refreshing it with a new coat or two every so often but life got in the way and never did anything with it. It's looking pretty bad, & I was thinking today about planning a weekend to re-do the project

then I had an idea....

I figure the floor polish brought back the shine by filling in the micro cracks in the oxidation. I wonder if hitting the entire nose cap with rattle can clear spray paint would work as well, and maybe last longer.
Seems the potential down side is if it turns bad over time but is hard to remove.
Wondering if any of you have tried it. What was your experience?
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Old 06-03-2018, 05:43 PM   #2
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The ONLY sure cure is to have it painted with automotive paint! Unfortunately, unless you have a fantastic dealer, you're out of warranty so keep doing what you're doing or bite the bullet & have it painted.
I'm sure I wouldn't use the rattle cans & don't think it would stick to the floor wax anyway, just make a bigger mess.
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Old 06-03-2018, 09:21 PM   #3
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thanks, but yeah... the floor polish is long gone. That was a couple years ago that I put it on. It weathered away a long time ago. I will say that it lasted a surprisingly long time for what it is though.

Yes, I have considered that painting would be the long term better solution. If we end up keeping this thing for the long haul I may end up doing that eventually.... professional automotive type job I mean.... but I'm not there yet.

Anyway, Hoping someone will chime in with experience and knowledge of how that stuff would weather over time.

hmmm..... Maybe in the mean time I'll plan on doing a test area up high where it can't be really seen form the ground. See how it looks and let it weather for a few months to see what happens. It'll be a while though till I get the thing home again to do some maintenance projects.
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Old 06-05-2018, 07:23 PM   #4
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for what it's worth, I sprayed a little test area today, after wiping off the worst of the oxidation. did it up high so it's not too visible from the ground in case of ugly failure. It would be better result I think to take a bit more time in preparation, but I was doing it over my lunch break. Figure it'll be a decent little test to get an idea about how it weathers on that surface in those conditions

Just used whatever rustoleum clear enamel I happened to have leftover in the garage....

Did progressively smaller areas so that part of the rectangle is one coat, another is two coats, another is three coats.... and kind of a 4th coat...although I did some of it in a hurry so it's almost like fewer thicker coats... and leaving part with just the cleaned off oxidation as a control of sorts...

regardless. Initial is that it shines it up about what I remember from the floor polish. Looks like it might be a solution...

I'll keep an eye on it over the next few months
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