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Old 12-13-2003, 11:58 AM   #1
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Painting?

Posted this in exterior restoration as well.

I have an Argosy 20 that may need painting in the next couple of years. Anyone have any experience with this? Approx cost? What kind of place can paint a trailer?

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Old 12-13-2003, 12:54 PM   #2
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Y'know, painting isn't the next think I need to do, but I have been thinking about it. I don't speak from direct experience on this topic. Just now I did a search on keywords argosy paint and came up with quite a few unrelated items. But I did see a very good thread titled Argosy paint. That's a place to start.

This was not thorough research by any means. I hope you get some replies from Argosy owners who've done it. Look further into other search threads by repeating the above. If you want more details rephrase your question or ask a new one on this very thread you started. Way to go!
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Old 12-13-2003, 01:09 PM   #3
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I had my minute paint last spring by Maco and I paid $810.00 for it. It took me a long time to find anyone who would do it for me. I had one place want to charge me $3500.00 to paint it.


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How did maaco do on your Paint Job?
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Old 12-14-2003, 01:32 PM   #5
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they did a great job
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Old 12-14-2003, 02:48 PM   #6
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Thanks foreverones help. It's still aways off but I wanted to get a head start on it.
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Old 12-14-2003, 06:17 PM   #7
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If it is a small area, like a trim stripe, I would paint it with a brush, than wet sand progressively finer till it shines glossy.
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Old 12-15-2003, 08:34 AM   #8
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Greetings Turbocharger!

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Anyone have any experience with this? Approx cost? What kind of place can paint a trailer?
I have been debating this process on my Minuet 6.0 Metre for the past several months. We don't have any of the large franchise automotive paintshops in my vicinity so I have been working with local body shops that have done work for me on my collector cars.

When taking my trailer into these local shops, I have been sure to point out that the body of the trailer is aluminum while the end caps are galvanized steel so that they can compute the differences in preparation for the two surfaces. I have also asked that the exposed areas of the frame (hitch in front and bumper mounts in rear) be media blasted and refinished. The cost upgrade to maintain the factory two-tone finish has been adding about $500 to the cost. Overall, the three shops that I have consulted on my Minuet are talking between $125 and $150 per foot of overall length.

Good luck with your research!

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Our son has a 79 Argosy. It had some bad spots on the top of the trailer and around some of the lights.

He sanded, taped off the lights and used Rustoleum paint. He used four cans and although is not a professional, has lasted for three years. It looks as it did original.

He did a good wax job on it and rain doesn't affect it.

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Overall, the three shops that I have consulted on my Minuet are talking between $125 and $150 per foot of overall length.
That sort of blows my theory that it's cheaper to repaint an Argosy than to polish an aluminum Airstream.

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Old 12-15-2003, 03:22 PM   #11
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You know when my wife asked about how much I thought It would cost I said about $3000. So $125/$150 a foot seems about right if you want a decent job. Besides when I get it painted it will have to match my truck which I still haven't decided on truck or color).

Thanks again for everyones input!
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That sort of blows my theory that it's cheaper to repaint an Argosy than to polish an aluminum Airstream.

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Actually Scott once the thing is painted your finish maintenance becomes pretty simple, it doesn't require much repolishing Kind of like brick on a house you pay for it up front.

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Lightbulb Argosy painting

Has anyone thought about painting an Argosy with 100% acrylic latex paint?

I have learned that old aluminum siding can be done this way. I found this: "(Acrylic latex) expands and contracts with the metal substrate while maintaining its adhesion and avoiding the cracking and alligatoring seen with lower quality paints. It produces a durable, fade-resisitent finish that can last for a decade or more."

If such a process is acceptable for the housing market, why wouldn't it work on an Argosy or any other aluminum trailer?

The benefit of using this type of paint is that it cleans up with water and anyone having the ability to spray paint could do it without worrying about the environment as automobile refinishers do with their oil based products.
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