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Gman2310
03-25-2010, 08:52 PM
trailer is 2 yrs old, less than 200 miles on it. Used originally to store classic car and take it to a car show. Take it to my sign guy, gets one side done, no problem, however side two, look at the paint fly off. The decals wouldnt even stick to the trailer, he had to pull everything off. I call US Cargo today, they tell me too bad, soo sad. I can drive trailer 10 hrs for their sheet metal manufacture to look at it and then they can decide what to do, but most likely i am beat. Take a look. First pic is the bad side, second it the way it is supposed to look like

poolboy
03-25-2010, 09:18 PM
I find it hard to believe that US Cargo's fault. Why did the other side stick?

Gman2310
03-25-2010, 09:27 PM
maybe defective sheetmetal, bad batch. IDK, but they should honor their product. Its not like its a cheap trailer, its a $6900 trailer. I could see if the trailer was maybe five years old, two years old with 200 miles. I have a pace trailer that is 10 years old, lettered two years ago by the same guy, same exact lettering, i dont have any paint flaking from that trailer.

poolboy
03-25-2010, 10:36 PM
Defective? If so, than how in the hell did the paint stick? Honestly, I think your vinyl guy may have f'ed up the prep work, or something in the section of vinyl used was corrupt.

rcslawncare
03-25-2010, 11:13 PM
Id talk to the vinyl guy, you would think paint from other spots would flake off too, not just the lettering.

NorthTXlawnguy
03-25-2010, 11:31 PM
In the pics i see lots of trees. Was the trailer parked near trees on the side the paint is flaking? I am just wondering if over a couple of years tree sap and the like got on that side and degraded the paint???
This is just an idea.
If I had the time/$ I might be tempted to drive it to them and then at least argue to get it taken care of. If they take care of it your opinion of them might change greatly.

ProTouch Groundscapes
03-25-2010, 11:31 PM
Defective? If so, than how in the hell did the paint stick? Honestly, I think your vinyl guy may have f'ed up the prep work, or something in the section of vinyl used was corrupt.

Id talk to the vinyl guy, you would think paint from other spots would flake off too, not just the lettering.

seriously? do you guys know how vinyl is applied? you spray the trailer with a mixture of water and soap, most of the time you can just use water then press the vinyl on and squeeze the water out, voila!

this is a paint prep error, the sheet metal wasnt properly prepped prior to painting, thats why the paint is flaking from when the vinyl guy was taking the backing off the vinyl

Gman2310
03-26-2010, 01:17 AM
Protouch has it. The vinyl guy is a good friend. The pics were taking from the driveway. He's lettered at least 6 trucks for me, not to mention numerous racecars. He's never seen rhis before. And I've mangled up some race cars. I think it might have been poor prep on paint as well. But for a company that large to just say ohwell, you can drive 11 hrs and maybe our supplier will do something is a little crazy
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zabmasonry
03-26-2010, 10:25 AM
Don't think that it should have done that, but . . .

which side of the trailer was in the sun when in was parked.

meets1
03-26-2010, 10:29 AM
Funny - my sign guy did that as well - not for me but the trailer looked terrible. Cargo said so be it - you could of used the wrong soap, sat in the sunn all its days on the lot but the other side looks great. Just my story.

DoetschOutdoor
03-26-2010, 08:22 PM
That trailer looks a hell of a lot older than 2 years. Those pine trees coulda wreaked havoc but gotta be something up with how they painted it. Even the best of vinlyl doesnt peel the paint off when removed.

Stonewellmark
03-28-2010, 12:29 PM
Id bet that dodge towing it is a diesel, if so the exhaust froma diesel will raise hell with any type of paint work. Ask any bodyshop.......be sure to wax and grease remover the living hell out of that side before tryin' again.

Ramairfreak98ss
03-29-2010, 07:59 PM
maybe defective sheetmetal, bad batch. IDK, but they should honor their product. Its not like its a cheap trailer, its a $6900 trailer. I could see if the trailer was maybe five years old, two years old with 200 miles. I have a pace trailer that is 10 years old, lettered two years ago by the same guy, same exact lettering, i dont have any paint flaking from that trailer.

yeah that sucks.. well they probably dont "paint" the metal panels, they just install them, but they should probably warranty the defect.. iirc, the panels arnt painted as much as they have a powder coating type process applied to them when manufactured, its a bonding between the raw steel and paint applied. Seems like it never really stuck to the metal too well eh?

Ive looked at a lot of trailers, never thought about the paint so much, now i will

Gman2310
03-29-2010, 10:42 PM
The trees you see in the pic are taking while at the lettering guys house. That dodge isn't a diesel, but the one that usually tows it is. Just ordered 3 panels today to fix it $45/piece. Gets dropped off friday to get fixed. $280 in labor. All us cargo had to do to keep me happy would of been to say, its our defect, we will send you 3 new sheets and that's it, I would of been happy.
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LawnGuy73
04-01-2010, 08:11 AM
Yeah, thats not good.