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Old 05-18-2006, 02:40 PM   #1
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Talking paint inside argosy?

i have a 79 7.3 metre minuet and want to modernize it a bit. a few questions first . i want to repaint the interior, any special paints or primers needed, i dont have any leaks but should i use an exterior paint, would there be an advantage of oil versus latex? also i would like to remove the carpeting and install hardwood floors or a pergo type laminate. which would be easier?

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Old 05-18-2006, 06:34 PM   #2
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Paint odors...

You may want to do lots of research, as some paints have lingering odors that will be very apparent in small metal trailer.. Interior walls will take more climate and scuff changes than interior walls in a house. There are several searchable threads on painting interiors, and Uwe's interior was painted from bare aluminum.

As for flooring, most have opted for Pergo or equivalent snap-together laminate flooring or cork, rather than traditional hardwood. Reasons include lighter weight, easier maintenance and cost and installation time and effort.

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Old 05-18-2006, 09:42 PM   #3
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I think that Argosy's originally had vinyl clad aluminum walls - no paint. If you have paint - it was probably done after te fact. My walls are light and look like paint.. but are really fancy plastic. They cleanup pretty well and seem to be durable.
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Old 06-22-2006, 02:38 PM   #4
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I'd recommend that you don't rush into this. Diligently search here for what others have done with interior painting and the results.

Part of my interior (under the endcaps) looks like it's been painted. I also have some plastic type coating on the ceiling and walls throughout the rest of the camper that I'm pretty sure is original.

MtnMan, you and me all have the same camper which is a pretty rare model. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy ours. I got to see MtnMan's 7.3 a couple of months ago. He's done a great job renovating it.

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Old 06-22-2006, 05:51 PM   #5
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I am going through the same process. I am using oil base paint because it is more durable and not water soluble. I am either going to use laminate or cork. I made this decision because they are both some what flexible and also because they are thiner. I am going with vinyl in my rear bath floor(very little transition between vinyl and the cork or laminate) Hope this helps.
Also you might go to and check out they renovation they did on an airstream, it's called "classic rides".
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Howdy fixbymark -- good to see you getting in to it on such an early post. Thank you for choosing AirstreamForums and welcome!

I'd echo Janet about the durability and ability to clean the original interior coating.

Moonshot has the right idea about taking your time. You'll find plenty of projects while you mull this one over. I've recently seen significant differences between Argosy & Minuet, with the former's A-frame made of rectangular tube and the latter of C-channel. In the Argosy at least, the interior end cap is unpainted one-piece plastic. Most (mine included) seems to have yellowed over time. Adhering coatings to such plastics might be similar to refinishing plastic bathroom fixtures. Overlander64 had his done professionally and balrgn has done his own. Look at their galleries, use the search function, etc.

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Old 06-22-2006, 08:18 PM   #7
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Laminate is far easier and probably better than hardwood.

There are also many other good choices on the market these days: stick down tiles of carpet or vinyl, sheet goods, linoleums, etc., etc.

See this thread for my renewal of a 1976 Argosy 24:

I’ve just layed a seamless piece of very good quality linoleum, trade named MAROLEUM. This product also comes in click together panels (like laminate).

I am going to paint the inside walls with INTERIOR grade OIL paint by Benjamin Moore. (The bath will be done in two-step Epoxy- in white).

Latex may have more “flex” but I think oil will be more durable.

Even after washing the walls carefully there is still “slipperiness”. I suspect this is emitted from the vinyl cladding over time. The trailer was hardly lived in and was not dirty.

I’ll use a good quality primer such as Zinnser’s One Shot.

If you keep the vinyl-clad aluminum that's OK too, but you live like Airstream thought you should in that day.

You can paint it to suit your own unique taste.

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