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Old 07-01-2003, 10:55 AM   #1
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Question Tongue/frame Paint

Can anyone tell me what the factory tongue and frame paint color and type was/is being used on the 2003 and current A/S trailers? And is there an equivilent spray paint product in that color such as Rustoleum/ Kryolon etc?
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Old 07-01-2003, 12:46 PM   #2
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There is a product sold by the eastwood company (eastwoodcompany.com) that is pretty close. It is sold as an engine detail paint. I think is is cast iron grey or similar. Check out their site.


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Old 07-01-2003, 06:36 PM   #3
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your airstream dealer should have it.

it is an exact match. about $22.00 a can.

did my '92 this last spring, cannot tell the differance.

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your airstream dealer should have it.

it is an exact match. about $22.00 a can.

did my '92 this last spring, cannot tell the differance.

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$22 a CAN???? would that be for a gallon can??? OMG! Sticker Shock!!!

Ok... whew... a little more calm now...

John, how about you just send me what's left in yours?

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roger,

all you would get is the marble in the bottom of the can.

actually, it is not that bad of a deal. i have paint spraying equipment, binks guns etc.

however, by the time i took the centari number out of my owners manual and got reducer, hardener, prep solvent i would be way over $22.00!! by a factor of two!

so, for a rattle can that sounds expensive. but, given the fact i only need to do it every ten years it ain't bad.

i also got some plasticote in a can. same price, it will be interesting to see how that works.

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I believe you will find at WalMart..... Dupli-Color stock # T177W Gunmetal (rattle can) a match at about $3.00 per can. Match for my 1988.
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roger,

all you would get is the marble in the bottom of the can.

actually, it is not that bad of a deal. i have paint spraying equipment, binks guns etc.

however, by the time i took the centari number out of my owners manual and got reducer, hardener, prep solvent i would be way over $22.00!! by a factor of two!

so, for a rattle can that sounds expensive. but, given the fact i only need to do it every ten years it ain't bad.

i also got some plasticote in a can. same price, it will be interesting to see how that works.

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John...

Whew... I thought I was going to have a stroke there for a minute... I feel much better now... That's a LOT of money for a rattle can.

Thanks for the alternative, George! I bought some that works, but doesn't quite match. I'll see if I can find the #T177W.

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Thank God for Walmart

3 dollars is worth the try!
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Old 07-25-2003, 05:32 AM   #9
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Frame paint

We have a 2001 Bambi and the front frame paint needed freshing up. I went to Walmart and got two cans of the spray on truck bed liner paint. It is gray/black. It went on easy and has a texture to it. It has been on there for about a year and still looks new. I think it is due to the tuffness of the bedliner paint. Might want to try it. We are very satisfied with the results. In fact, I sprayed the inside of the rear bumper compartment where a little surface rust was seen. Provides a tuff coating and does not chip off easily.

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update on paint

I tried the walmart paint on top of a POR 15 application and its very close. I actually like it better because it has metal flek in the paint. I also coated the propane bottle base plate with duraback bed liner and it is bullet proof. I will post a photo later.
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I just did my banana wrap and A frame with a Rustoleum Black Metal Flake that was a little darker, but a very close match....about $3.50 a rattle can.
The exact match is available at the local dealer for $22 a can...uhhhh...NOPE....not gonna do it....wouldn't be prudent.....
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I'm going to have our frame sandblasted due to all the rust - one of the options we were offered by the guy I talked to was powdercoating to protect it in the future. Any reason why this wouldn't be a good idea on the tongue area? I figure a medium gray or black powdercoated tongue would be practically bulletproof against dings and scratches, and who doesn't like bulletproof?
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I'm going to have our frame sandblasted due to all the rust - one of the options we were offered by the guy I talked to was powdercoating to protect it in the future. Any reason why this wouldn't be a good idea on the tongue area? I figure a medium gray or black powdercoated tongue would be practically bulletproof against dings and scratches, and who doesn't like bulletproof?
Just curious? did he give you a price quote and are we talking the whole frame?
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He wouldn't talk price without seeing it. I said, "It's a typical ladder style frame, 19 feet long with an indeterminate amount of rust. How about a ballpark?" Nope.

So, it could be so expensive to coat and bake an enamel onto something that size that it's not worth it. But after watching them powdercoat a chopper frame last night on American Chopper, I'm even more convinced that this is the way to near-permanently protect any steel surface from corrosion.

Now, who knows? Once I get a good look at my frame, it might be eaten through to the point of no return, but that's another story.
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