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Old 03-19-2014, 10:26 PM   #1
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I've been reading, on other forums, about people painting their small trailers with foam rollers and brushes. Has anyone here painted their Argosy this way? If so how did it look? Tom
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:03 PM   #2
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Hello Tom,

I'm just undertaking a roll on paint job on my 24' Argosy.
I'll be documenting it on my blog and an upcoming YouTube series.

Many people have painted with rollers, some with very good results.

What I can tell you is,...

Finish -
If you want a smooth spray like finish you'll have to roll many very thin coats wet sanding between. It's a lot of work.
If you can live with a slight pebble texture you can just roll on two or three thinned coats.

Paint -
Most use Rustoleum, but it's a bit soft and very slow to dry thus picking up lots of airborne debris. I use Japan Drier to speed drying and harden the paint which will preserve the shine.

Prep -
As with all paint jobs, it's all about the prep.
Just make sure you prime any bare aluminium with a good primer for aluminium.
Ideally zinc chromate.

Good luck.
I'm prepping now, should roll the top half in a day or so.

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Old 03-19-2014, 11:05 PM   #3
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Somewhere there is a post on that subject. It was several years ago. Try the search function to see what you can locate.

I have used Rattle Can spray paint on my Argosy with quite good results. It takes a lot of cans, but even so, the price is much cheaper than a professional auto repair shop would charge. Lots and lots of thin coats is the key. Krylon has been the paint I have used the most.
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:17 PM   #4
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Industrial Imron (3500 HG) can be rolled or brushed and is reasonably priced at about 100 a gallon inclusive of activator.

I have used Rusoleum with hardener, pretty good stuff, but even with hardener it won't "kick" if left in a sealed container even for weeks or months. (In other words the hardener won't cure the paint, I don't think it really works)

The Imron seems expensive, but the coverage is phenomenal. I say roughly twice the coverage of Rustoleum, and it lays down and flows out super nice.

I would sand to about a 320 grit finish for a brush paint job, you might get away with 280 with a light color.

When you sand make sure to hit the edges well, and take note a good sander will make the rivets very flat very quickly.
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Peter , are you still able to get zinc chromate primer?

I haven't seen it in a few years, and the last etching primer I bought no longer has Zinc chromate,

( I can smell that stuff just thinking about it. It reeks.)
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I don't think so.
I'm Canadian, and I can't get it there.
I'm refitting my coach while travelling and am currently in New Orleans and a local shop had an industry only Chromate System etch primer from Dupont.
I don't know if it actually had zinc chromate in it but he's had great success with aluminium Land Rovers so I'm confident.

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I have painted a lot of aluminum, my experience has been that so long as it is sanded well and has plenty of "tooth" to hold the paint, the paint will stick well, although I still use a thin coat on important paint jobs.

I use DuPont products as well, I still have a little bit of the old stuff with zinc chromate, but I am pretty sure they have ceased production as of a couple a few years ago. But I reserve the right to be wrong about that,,,,
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I cannot immediately find the thread but there is a very informative (its pretty much the definitive) thread on rolling an Argosy. Its by boatdoc. I have to leave right now otherwise I would find and post the thread link.
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I don't think so.
I'm Canadian, and I can't get it there.
I'm refitting my coach while travelling and am currently in New Orleans and a local shop had an industry only Chromate System etch primer from Dupont.
I don't know if it actually had zinc chromate in it but he's had great success with aluminium Land Rovers so I'm confident.

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We use 2 part epoxy primer from ppg. It's available through Auto Paint Supply shops. Not cheap, but guaranteed to work.
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Zolatone makes a great aluminum primer called Zo-Ferro Basecoat Primer-Sealer. It is good for bare aluminum, as long as it is prepped properly. I used it after stripping the paint on the interior of the '55FC, so it was bare metal, and top coated with Zolatone 20 Series with the activator added...hard as nails. You can't scrape this stuff, won't scuff either.
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:52 PM   #12
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A friend is going to paint it in his shop but it's when he isn't busy. He has jobs backed up till the end of summer now so I might try using a roller.
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