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Old 11-30-2006, 08:47 PM   #1
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Anyone know about what painting a Classic Airstream Motor Home will do to value? Was painted silver and accent striped. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-30-2006, 08:53 PM   #2
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Not many are (were) painted so it's hard to see if it has any effect on value since they don't come up for sale on the open market already painted very often. Airstreams have been painted so that they look great and have a long lasting finish. Do a search on painting to see some example from other forum members.

That said, I was considering purchasing a 360 which had been painted by the selling dealership as a solution to peeling clearcoat. While I did not get to inspect the coach in person from the photos sent to me it looked to be a nice job. My hestitation with it was that I didn't know what was under the paint, how it was prepped, etc. and...well...it didn't "look" like an Airstream. For many, like me, part of the appeal is in the aluminum itself.

Lastly, are you asking because you want to sell one or buy one?
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:30 PM   #3
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That said, I was considering purchasing a 360 which had been painted by the selling dealership as a solution to peeling clearcoat. While I did not get to inspect the coach in person from the photos sent to me it looked to be a nice job. My hestitation with it was that I didn't know what was under the paint, how it was prepped, etc. and...well...it didn't "look" like an Airstream. For many, like me, part of the appeal is in the aluminum itself.
IMHO I believe Steven is correct, for most people the appeal is in not only how well the Airstream works, but also that it looks like an Airstream. Certainly there's a market out there for anything but by painting it you limit the potential purchasing audience. If you are intending to paint one to sell you could offer that as an option to the potential buyers, that way you leave the door open for anyone interested. If you are thinking of buying one and your intent is to leave it painted and you like the unit then go for it. If you are thinking of stripping the paint off of it I think you have a lot of work ahead of you.
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Old 12-01-2006, 12:28 AM   #4
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Mine was painted by the PO (a forum member kzener40). It's a nice job done with high quality paint. Seldom does anyone realize that it is painted.

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Old 12-01-2006, 07:04 AM   #5
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I am looking at purchasing one that was painted last year. From the pictures I did not pick up on the paint until it was called to my attention. I have owned Airstreams since 1972 and own two now. I understand the re-sale value. The seller is NOT an Airstreamer!!
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Old 12-01-2006, 08:06 AM   #6
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If the paint looks good and is not obvious, it should be not detrimental to the value of the unit. Not many Motorhomers of units after 79 care much about polishing, and the paint makes the maintenance on the finish easier...that is IOF the paint is maintained well.

One aside-- please drop your use of bold letters in the posts...unless you are making a specific strong point, Thanks
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Torpedo Family = this past summer at the Deming, WA TCT campout there was an Argosy for sale that was painted silver. It was done extremely well and it looked very nice. It was obvious that whoever did the paint had spent a lot of time prepping the unit for paint and the painter did a great job on such a large unit. Done properly I'm sure it would look good, if the color is one you can live with. I know if it were a former Mary Kaye cosmetics vehicle I'd probably want to park at the other end of the campground .

Do you have pictures? Always interested in pictures.......

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To guy99's point - while I have not see his motorhome in person, from the pictures I would never have guessed it was painted.
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guy99's motorhome is a very nice example of a painted motorhome. It looks great at 200 ft. and also looks great at 2 ft.----a paint job to be proud of.

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Old 12-01-2006, 04:32 PM   #10
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I've painted my SOB trailer to look like a 370LE without the driving section!
Makes me thing I'm still driving it around. I just tell people it's pushing my Burb around.
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I've painted my SOB trailer to look like a 370LE without the driving section!
Makes me thing I'm still driving it around. I just tell people it's pushing my Burb around.
This we must see photos of.....
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Old 12-01-2006, 08:52 PM   #12
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Huh? What? Mine's painted and I'm very pleased with the looks. I'd never have landed on the theme for "Airstream One" without the present paint job.
That said I'm serious about changing the topside to a shine. This may or may not be a polished finish. You all know I'm a fan of Alsa chrome paints.
Is it the shine you want or the Airstream mistique? May be that it's the love of all things aluminum, quality and of course the support you'll find here.
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I can not see how a good paint job would hurt the value of a Classic. Due to the different aluminum used on the front and back ends of our coaches it is very difficult to polish them and have a overall uniform appearance. Painting is a good option to get a nice overall look.
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