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Old 06-28-2008, 03:00 AM   #1
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'64 Safari - And it begins

Well...I bought my trailer with the intention of puting a new floor covering, new covers for the cushions, and refacing the cabinets.

My wife liked the "shiny" interior so we started stripping the Zolatone. It was working pretty well so I removed the cabinets, then the Gauchos, then the bathroom cabinets. I found a couple of very small soft spots on the floor.

I am leaning toward the epoxy fix I have read about in a couple of posts. One of the soft spots is under the window near the skin. The spot appears to be about 4" x 6". I think the epoxy will work...I would REALLY appreciate any comments that all of you might have.

I'll take picture and keep you all posted

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Old 06-28-2008, 06:32 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your new purchase! I love the 60's Safari's!! Nice trailers and just the right size.

Please do post some pictures and updates on the floor repair. I don't have any experience on the epoxy repairs but would love to learn from what others say and what you do.

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Old 06-28-2008, 07:36 AM   #3
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Congrats on your purchase and welcome to the forums...
The epoxy may or may not work...You need to find the leak (which is probably the window) and fix it. If you don't, the floor will continue to get soft.
Have fun, and start a blog to document your adventures...
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Old 06-28-2008, 11:00 AM   #4
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Congratulations and welcome to the forums!

I'm interested to know what you did to strip the Zolatone-- which products, tools, and techniques?

Post pics when you can, and good luck!

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Old 06-29-2008, 09:14 PM   #5
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Stripping the Zolotane isn't that hard...just messy and tedious. I bought the Klean-Strip premium stripper from Home Depot and lacquer thinner. I sprayed the stripper on with one of those spray bottles, let it sit for 15 minutes. Sprayed it again and then used one of those carpet scrub brushes to scrape the paint off. Then I followed that with some lacquer thinner on some paper towelss and wiped it clean. It worked pretty well. Make sure you use a respirator, rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a long sleeve shirt. That stripper burns pretty bad when it touches your skin.
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:19 PM   #6
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I found the leak and have repaired it. What about experience with using pieces of 5/8" plywood and just replacing small pieces of the floor? I really want this trailer to be in good shape and long lasting. But I don't want to take the whole shell off. Please give me some advice on just fixing the three soft spots.
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I found the leak and have repaired it. What about experience with using pieces of 5/8" plywood and just replacing small pieces of the floor? I really want this trailer to be in good shape and long lasting. But I don't want to take the whole shell off. Please give me some advice on just fixing the three soft spots.
The floor is a part of the shell structure.

Replacing some pieces can be done, but it depends on where they are. Patching in the wrong places will cause weak areas.

Remember, that the shell holds up the chassis and floor.

Can you describe where they are or post a couple of pictures?

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Old 06-30-2008, 12:12 AM   #8
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One of the soft spots is right below one of the Jelousie windows and is about 6 inches by six inches. The other is under the corner of the water heater and also about 6"x6". I can't post pictures right now. I'm about to make an order through you guys tomorrow for quite a few things. There were more issues with this camper than I previously thought.
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One of the soft spots is right below one of the Jelousie windows and is about 6 inches by six inches. The other is under the corner of the water heater and also about 6"x6". I can't post pictures right now. I'm about to make an order through you guys tomorrow for quite a few things. There were more issues with this camper than I previously thought.
Check your PM.

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Old 06-30-2008, 09:35 AM   #10
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Stripping the Zolotane isn't that hard...just messy and tedious. I bought the Klean-Strip premium stripper from Home Depot and lacquer thinner. I sprayed the stripper on with one of those spray bottles, let it sit for 15 minutes. Sprayed it again and then used one of those carpet scrub brushes to scrape the paint off. Then I followed that with some lacquer thinner on some paper towelss and wiped it clean. It worked pretty well. Make sure you use a respirator, rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a long sleeve shirt. That stripper burns pretty bad when it touches your skin.
Thanks for the insights, and good luck on the remainder of your project!

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Old 06-30-2008, 09:40 AM   #11
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Hey, congrats on your new purchase! I don't have one yet, but from what I read here there's always something more to do, even once you get the "critical" issues solved, like your soft floor spots. Glad you found that window leak, by the way!

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"DIY Classic Rides" does a series on a reno job to a '70 Overlander where they added the shiny metal look to it. They applied sheets of aluminum over the existing wall (glue and rivets) in some places, such as the kitchen backsplash. They were covering the cream-coloured vimnyl wallpaper that was used as of '69. Your Zolatone paint can still be purchased, would you believe!



The results were fabulous, but while it's a cleaner job to do than your stripping, isn't as easy as, say, wallpaper hanging. PS, they also show how to paint the walls, and even do a small sample in a metallic silver paint which looked quite slick.

Have fun, and looking forward to you posting your experience and photos here.

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Old 06-30-2008, 07:48 PM   #12
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Aage,
That video is pretty good to give you an idea of how to use rivets. I knew the concept but hadn't actually seen it. Thanks alot.
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Welcome,
It looks like you have really found a beauty. We have finished an extensive remodel on our 63 Ambassador and went for our first camping trip this past week!!!! It is worth all the hard work, you'll love it!!!! Be sure to put a good coat of poly on the new floor you install, especially if it is under a window or goes under an exterior wall. Best of luck!!

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