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    Default Painted vs. un-painted Roll-up doors

    Our new heavy rescue truck will have 9 ROM Roll-up doors. The question of painted vs. unpainted has come up. I like the looks of the painted doors, however, I have seen a few that are quite chipped between the pannels and scratched from debris caught in the seal across the top.

    The price issue is not dictating the decision. Just looking for others experience.

    Thank you.

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    Personally, I like the unpainted better. We just ran the reflective striping across it and it looks great.

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    We just went through the same thing and decided on going unpainted. The reasons are that over time, you will see the marks from the tracks in the paint, I have seen this personally. Also, with an unpainted door, if there is any damage, its a simple matter of removing the affected slats and replacing, there is no paint to match.

    Those are the main reasons we went with the unpainted.
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    ditto

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    Cool Painted vs Unpainted

    Ditto Rescue 21 we are also awaiting our new rescue with Rom unpainted rollups.6" reflective striping will do just fine.

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    Our eight-year-old un-painted roll-up doors are starting to show wear on the Scotch-lite now too. Not bad but noticable.
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    We just spec'd an aerial ladder platform with painted roll up doors and have been told that with proper care that the paint appearance should be as good as non-painted. I think it will all depend on usage amounts.

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    We have two vehicles with roll ups one painted and one not. The painted looks much better. In my opinion it looks more like a emergency vehicle.

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    We have powder coat instead of paint on our 1999 Pierce
    platform doors. They say powder coat hold up much better than
    paint. So far so good.

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