A message from Newell Service states: "typical of two-stage paints, the paint does not have the chip resistance of Newell's standard clear coated single-stage Imron." Is this the paint system that I have on my '85 Newell?
The 1985 Newels were originally painted with single stage DuPont Imron without clear coat. In the mid to late 1990s, the Imron finish typically was clear coated. Beginning with late 2002 models, new Newells have been painted with a base coat/clear coat system. The base coat/clear coat system provides a smoother finish with a "wet look," and can be spot repaired. It is not as resistant to chipping as single stage paint, so Newell installs a paint protestant shield on the front.
My '85 Newell looks like a clear coat is separating from the color. The drivers side was re-done recently, as told by the prior owner Leroy Johnson. He said that it was fine sanded and clear coat reapplied -- it looks great but the front and the curb side looks like a "clear coat" is peeling. I'm unsure how that reckons with the TechTalk Staff message that: "The 1985 Newels were originally painted with single stage DuPont Imron without clear coat."
The cost can vary greatly. The variables include the complexity of the paint design, the number of colors, whether it is a duplicate of what is already on the coach, which sometimes can be done without stripping the old paint, or a new design, which normally requires stripping, etc. Further, most coaches over ten years old require at least some body repair when repainting. To get the best results, the Newell factory paint department normally strips a coach to bare metal and repaints using the newer base coat/clear coat system instead of the older single stage paint. In most cases, the customer elects to repaint using a design typical of our current new coaches rather than applying a design from an older era. A repaint including selection of a current design, stripping the coach, and using four colors is approximately $29,000, with the caveat that there are often extra cost add-ons requested to the work. The Newell paint department is often booked up weeks in advance, so we are in the process of completing an additional state-of-the-art paint booth to offer more customers factory fresh repaints. Anyone wishing to consider a new paint job from the Newell paint department can discuss the particulars including estimated cost with the department manager, Jerry Allen, at 1-888-3NEWELL.