Great America's Déjà Vu...

Tuesday, November 12, 2002 6:51 PM

What is up with this ride's support columns? There are ugly faded patchmarks all over the blue supports...Anybody know the cause of this? I'm not so sure any kind of weather can do this kind of damage. And I'm pretty sure it wasn't from mishandling of the ride parts during construction (or was it?)

Contrast that to SFMM and SFoG's Déjà Vu rides -



Tuesday, November 12, 2002 6:57 PM
I'd say it's the top coat of paint peeling away.... but I'm not that knowledgeable about these sort of things.
Tuesday, November 12, 2002 7:00 PM
Its been that way since it was built, its probally one of the only coasters that needed a new paint job before it even opened to the public.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 7:19 PM
It looks like a three year old did the paint. I remember seeing a guy in a jumpsuit with a paintroller on a visit before it opened to the public.
Tuesday, November 12, 2002 8:40 PM
It looks like they may have had a tough time transporting the track onsite?
Tuesday, November 12, 2002 10:34 PM
I worked in automotive finishes for a while and I assume this is the same technology... In a lot of cases the Primer is made by a different company than the topcoat. The primer company sells the top coat company supplies for testing.. however, when the final product is released, the primer company makes changes without releasing info to the topcoat comapany, and you have adhesion problems... Same probs on the 1998 mustangs... paint peeled right off the primer.. and I ran the topcoat, and it was perfect.. the primer company whom I cant say had changed formulas.... so that may be an issue..
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 4:00 AM
CoasterNut makes a good point, but I think it has something to do with the weather around Chicago.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2002 7:14 AM

when the ride was first built it didnt look that crappy. it has to do with the weather.

Wednesday, November 13, 2002 8:10 AM
I think if it was just the weather contributing however, I don't believe it would be as "splotchy" looking, and more of a general fade...
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 11:15 AM

When the ride was shipped to the park and moved around at the park, the paint chips off. It happens on a lot of coasters for example MF. When the park goes to paint the spots that got damaged that paint doesn't always match up or fades/doesn't fade with the ride.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2002 11:30 AM
My dad works for a paint company. I pointed this out and he said something about primer, so I believe cozternut. I'll ask him again. He'll know.
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 11:31 AM
When you get up close to the supports, I don't think it's peeling away- it just looks like a lighter color blue they slopped on over the darker blue.
Thursday, November 14, 2002 11:36 AM
It has always been like that! (Nothing to do with weather.) The supports got banged up as they were moved around and SF used the wrong color primer. If you look at V2's track at the back of the station you will see that SixFlags sucks at matching the paints ask Coasterdude316 I pointed it out to him!

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