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Old 03-15-2010, 03:53 PM   #211
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Would this have originally been Zolatoned, and is there anyway to get paint off without damaging it underneath?
You may find this thread I started a couple of years ago when we started our '56 Safari project and were looking to do the same thing.

Looking for strippers that DON't work...

I did find a stripper that works on latex paint and leaves the Zolatone alone...Motsenbocker's Lift Off #5. It actually works very well. The problem we had was that we had several different conditions:
Condition #1: Interior aluminum panels with existing Zolotone and latex paint overtop and a lacquer clearcoat overtop
Goal: To strip the latex/lacquer paint but leave the Zolotone

Condition #2: Interior wood panels with existing Zolotone and latex paint overtop
Goal: To strip the latex paint but leave the Zolotone

Condition #3: Interior wood panels with shellac/varnish finish and latex paint overtop
Goal: To strip the latex paint but leave the shellac/varnish
In the end, we ended up stripping everything and re-Zolatone'g the walls. Even though we were able to get the latex off the walls, the original Zolatone looked "flat and dull" underneath - kinda milky from the old paint. Also, where the lacquer was, it was more difficult to remove without the Zolatone being damaged.

We ended up stripping the old stuff off with a power washer when the floor was out. Here's the start of the section in our thread that shows the process we used for applying the Zolatone...and our materials list, it's not cheap, but DEFINITELY worth the effort. We are so much happier with the results than we would have been just removing the latex.

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Old 03-15-2010, 04:06 PM   #212
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...it's not cheap, but DEFINITELY worth the effort.
That's what I was afraid of But we definitely want to do this right when we do it, so that's probably the way we'll go. We'll start saving our pennies now so we're prepared when we start in a year or two!!
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:44 PM   #213
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I had the same color Zolatone that is in BarryIowa's 55 as well. New Zolatone will be replaced in the interior.
We also have the same wonderful., beautiful green Zolatone in our 1955 Flying Cloud. Painted over by the PO, the plan is to get the wiring, plumbing, insulation right - and then paint new to match the old Zolatone as closely as possible. But first the floor, the frame, the axles, the....
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Old 03-31-2010, 03:50 PM   #214
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She Finally Has a Name!!!

The old girl FINALLY has a name that all 4 of us have agreed on!

She is affectionately named...
Alice
...our little '58

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Old 03-31-2010, 09:06 PM   #215
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What a great find! I wish you all the best in her restoration, and look forward to watching your progress as it unfolds.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:49 PM   #216
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Alice with Malice,,,,,I love the name.


Or just Alice....

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Old 03-31-2010, 11:07 PM   #217
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Thanks to you both! Seems like a fitting name, and was also Jay's late grandmother's name.

I've just been reading restoration threads and am getting very excited about redoing her as close to original as possible!! We're headed to the Mothership in JC tomorrow to hopefully get a glimpse at some of the old trailers there, then Friday stopping in Elkhart, IN at the RV Hall of Fame on our way home. In fact, we're getting up and leaving in about 6 hrs... yikes!!

We're making progress on the '67 Safari, so the further we get with "Vivian", the closer we get to starting "Alice"!
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Old 04-01-2010, 01:22 AM   #218
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Congrats! It's 2:17 in the morning. After reading all that ,I feel like just sitting a while in the '63 Safari. Good Night Alice.
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Thanks to you both! Seems like a fitting name, and was also Jay's late grandmother's name.

I've just been reading restoration threads and am getting very excited about redoing her as close to original as possible!! We're headed to the Mothership in JC tomorrow to hopefully get a glimpse at some of the old trailers there, then Friday stopping in Elkhart, IN at the RV Hall of Fame on our way home. In fact, we're getting up and leaving in about 6 hrs... yikes!!

We're making progress on the '67 Safari, so the further we get with "Vivian", the closer we get to starting "Alice"!
Post pics of the ideas you go by from themeseum..


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Old 05-05-2010, 09:03 AM   #220
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What a find Sheri! And not far from home? Wow! Lucky duck! Is that a panel of quilted stainless steel in the kitchen area? I am going to install that in mine behind the stove!

I will bookmark this thread to see how its coming along!
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Sheri, The 1st pic of the interior- the panel next to the sink looked like stainless steel, now I see it is something different altogether. I wonder if that was originally installed to keep water off the wood, or maybe a PO installed that panel?
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Sheri, The 1st pic of the interior- the panel next to the sink looked like stainless steel, now I see it is something different altogether. I wonder if that was originally installed to keep water off the wood, or maybe a PO installed that panel?
It was plastic - I remember the 60's - That stuff came in yellow and green (Harvest gold & Avocado!) and was used in room dividers, shower doors, etc. I think Overlander63's "Bertha" had that as part of the shower door insert - in the gold. This piece looks to be avocado, though it could just be dirty. I'd replace with SS.

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Sheri, The 1st pic of the interior- the panel next to the sink looked like stainless steel, now I see it is something different altogether. I wonder if that was originally installed to keep water off the wood, or maybe a PO installed that panel?
Hi there! It's actually a cheap plastic from the 60's that someone apparently added along the way. My belief is that it was meant to be bare wood, but I'd love to be corrected if I'm wrong (anyone?? anyone??). I'd love to replace it with something, but since we will attempt to make this as original as possible, we'll forego that piece if it's meant to be bare.

Our overhead sliding doors are made of the same material... that's GOTTA go!
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It was plastic - I remember the 60's - That stuff came in yellow and green (Harvest gold & Avocado!) and was used in room dividers, shower doors, etc. I think Overlander63's "Bertha" had that as part of the shower door insert - in the gold. This piece looks to be avocado, though it could just be dirty. I'd replace with SS.

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EXACTLY. I've seen a couple other AS's who have had the same plastic implemented... I'd imagine it was a cheap fix at the time. We're hoping to obtain some overhead doors from someone that will match the counters and shower wall. From what digging we've done, it appears that might have been what the original doors were.
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