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Old 06-27-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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Paint prep and methods

I'm looking to have someone quickly and as cheap as possible paint the Argosy. I have a friend that might be to do it but I want some advice prior to instructing him on what will, or will not, work. I assume most folks simply wash/scrub the trailer first ( TSP?) and paint via a opposed to a air gun?

If so, any advice on what to, or not to, do for best results? I'm also curious if there is known Pantone Matching color match number for the original tan color. I'm also tempted to go with a glossy bright white but do not know if that is hard to pull off?

Anyone care to advise?


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Old 06-27-2010, 08:36 PM   #2
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One of the coolest threads around these here parts is that done by Smokeless Joe on his Argosy.

The paint job is here, but once you have had a look at that to answer your question as to what can be done, take some time and start at the beginning for a real in-depth look at what is possible, given enough time, money, and inventiveness.

If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 06-27-2010, 08:36 PM   #3
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Dan, it's your lucky day. The complete instructions have been written on how to attain professional results:
Thanks boatdoc!

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Old 06-27-2010, 09:46 PM   #4
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I used aircraft stripper to take the old paint down to the bare metal, then used aluminum primer to seal the surface. When I had the trailer sprayed it was primed again, as in Aage’s report above.

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I painted the interior with rollers and it looks great too.

If you carefully follow Boatdoc’s good advice you can have a great looking roller-painted trailer. An epoxy finish in GLEAMING WHITE would be just fantastic.

Good luck,

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