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Old 10-20-2021, 12:53 AM   #1
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Decals Lifting

Waxing my trailer today i noticed that the corners on some of the decals lifted. Has this happened to anyone else? What did you do? Did you glue them? What did you use?
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Old 10-20-2021, 11:22 AM   #2
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Yikes!

We always have ordered brand new "naked" fiberglass trailers (Casita, Escape) to avoid issues like this...... sorry to hear this is happening.

i myself would not glue it.

maybe consider carefully removing them all? dont know how to do this.
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Old 10-20-2021, 12:29 PM   #3
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We always have ordered brand new "naked" fiberglass trailers (Casita, Escape) to avoid issues like this...... sorry to hear this is happening.
That only works if you like the "naked" look. I saw one on the road a couple of weeks ago and to me it looked like a beached whale.

Generally decals lifting isn't a problem. In 40 years of decals on boats and trailers I've never had one lift and it doesn't seem to be an issue that occurs very often.

That said, I wouldn't try gluing it. Maybe ask a vinyl shop for advice.

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Old 10-20-2021, 12:34 PM   #4
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On a previous trailer I trimmed the part of the decal that was coming off with a single edge razor blade .
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Old 10-20-2021, 01:39 PM   #5
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On a previous trailer I trimmed the part of the decal that was coming off with a single edge razor blade .
This is your best bet. You may be able to find the match for your graphics at a sign shop and apply a patch piece of vinyl. It will not work to try and glue it...you will still end up with the vinyl peeling and a mess...

Unfortunately Escape does not use the high end vinyl and the low end stuff will peel....sorry. I used to run a ski area sign shop and we specialized in vinyl.
There was a thread a while ago on the vinyl on our trailers and I did some looking. Our graphics are the cheaper calendered not the good cast vinyl. the calendered typically has a life of 3 - 6 yrs and the cast 7+ and I have seen signs that I did 20 yrs ago still looking good made from the cast.
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Old 10-20-2021, 04:40 PM   #6
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My vinyl graphics are all still in good shape after 12 years. I take care waxing and polishing near them. The darker colours last longer.
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Old 10-20-2021, 11:45 PM   #7
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My vinyl graphics are all still in good shape after 12 years. I take care waxing and polishing near them. The darker colours last longer.
I started trimming and removing sections of our graphics when we got our 2007 17B in 2015. They were in poor shape. In about 2017 I removed the rest. I do like the naked look. Looked good behind my white 4Runner.

I figure the life span is about 5 years unless the trailer is stored inside.
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Old 10-21-2021, 07:27 AM   #8
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I ordered our trailer naked. I donít think itís the best look, but I prefer it to peeling, fading decals. I donít like the ghosting left by peeled decals, the attempts to buff it out, and the cost and time of replacement. Iíve never had an RV that didnít, at some point, peel. So since I bought new, and had the choice to omit them, I did. I do think tasteful graphics look better than naked, but some manufactures, not ETI, do what I consider gaudy decals which I donít like.

Iíve decided the best treatment Iíve found to patch peeling graphics is to cut out what you can. If you know you will keep the style, Iíve filled in the cut sections with careful taping and paint.
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Old 10-21-2021, 09:31 AM   #9
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...I figure the life span is about 5 years unless the trailer is stored inside.
Maybe weather conditions are more severe in your neighborhood or the graphics quality varies for different colors. In any case, both of our 2013 Escapes (19 and 15B) have the red graphics and are stored outdoors (covered during winter months). I do not see any difference between the graphics condition now and when they were new.
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Old 10-21-2021, 09:43 AM   #10
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Old 10-21-2021, 10:28 AM   #11
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Wondering if anyone has a photo of a "naked" Escape?
Since we have a year and a half to decide on things we can consider all options.
Also, for what it's worth my brother-in-law purchased a Class A motorhome a few years ago with faded and cracked decals. He removed them and painted them on.
He's good at this kind of thing and it's certainly not an option for everyone but it made the MH look brand new.
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Waxing my trailer today i noticed that the corners on some of the decals lifted. Has this happened to anyone else? What did you do? Did you glue them? What did you use?
Hi: Mswan.... A few years ago mine started to curl on the nose of the trailer. I thought I'd used some strong bug remover and it was removing the graphics too. I took the originals off using a hair dryer. Had them replaced and here we go again. I think now I need a "Curling iron"!!! Alf
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Old 10-21-2021, 10:41 AM   #13
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Wondering if anyone has a photo of a "naked" Escape?
Since we have a year and a half to decide on things we can consider all options.
Also, for what it's worth my brother-in-law purchased a Class A motorhome a few years ago with faded and cracked decals. He removed them and painted them on.
He's good at this kind of thing and it's certainly not an option for everyone but it made the MH look brand new.
Hi: Fender... If you can bare to look here's one I snapped at the ETI rally in 2018. Alf
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Hi: Fender... If you can bare to look here's one I snapped at the ETI rally in 2018. Alf
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I don't mind that. Very clean looking!
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I peeled red graphics off within first year. Over the years have added black accents like wheels, vent cover & front box edging.
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2021 E19 from the factory:

The back has the protective travel film on it.
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I peeled red graphics off within first year. Over the years have added black accents like wheels, vent cover & front box edging.
Hi: Rossue... At least you can say your trailer had "A peel". Alf
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