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Old 07-08-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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painting your argosy

Has anyone out there hand painted their argosy?
I would love to spruce my 22f rear door 1972 Argosy. It is the classic Almond color right now.
Was wondering if there are any "how to's"
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:41 PM   #2
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I thought this was a good "how to"
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...ler-38135.html
and thought about trying it myself but then opted to really jump in with a compressor, spray gun and plenty of prep, with paint and materials I am getting from my local Paint store.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:36 PM   #3
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We contemplated painting our '78, 27ft Argosy but then I went to the paint store, priced the prep, paint, sprayer etc. and found a paint shop that specializes in large vehicles and had the shop paint it for about a third more than it would have cost me to do it. The paint job turned out fantastic. jjustice
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:37 PM   #4
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Do you have the original paint color name/code? I have a 74 Argosy 26. Looking to repaint the top only.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:46 PM   #5
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I thought this was a good "how to"
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...ler-38135.html
and thought about trying it myself but then opted to really jump in with a compressor, spray gun and plenty of prep, with paint and materials I am getting from my local Paint store.
Yes, Bex -- good call! boatdoc actually made up several threads detailing all steps of his superb process. I've used Pettit Easypoxy on a couple kayaks -- beautiful, excellent bonding characteristics & very durable surface!

Others that preceded the above link:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...ble-36224.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...two-36284.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...ler-36209.html
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Paint codes here, courtesy of overlander64: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...tml#post134244
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:37 PM   #7
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I found the name of our color is called French Vanilla.... does this help?
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:42 PM   #8
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Pavlova,

Like jjustice I opted to have my Argosy painted in a truck body shop. The full process in pictures can be seen at post # 466 on my main thread here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...tml#post182701

Four years later, and recently returned from 173 days out on the road, the trailer is show-room perfect, maybe cooler looking than when it came out of the Airstream factory.

I had the old paint stripped with aircraft stripper and acid washed before taking it to Wiltsie Truck Body for painting. They acid washed it again.

Some people on this forum warn about using the acid wash. I didn't pay attention to the detractors; Wiltsie is a 55 year old company that has been painting aluminum for all of that time. They know things too.

Doing it yourself is a lot of work. I know from the prep work we did ourselves.

If you do it that way the best thing you can do is to follow the tips from boatdoc in #2 above. I know that those techniques and products will work perfectly because I've used similar to paint the interior, as well as household furniture.

In painting, good preparation is everything.

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Old 07-10-2011, 08:30 AM   #9
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French vanilla may be right. 7or8 years ago I was searching (maybe this site as a guest) and saw a post listing the manufacturer names and number codes for the two colors. My end caps were done by previous owner and below waist band paint all good shape. Above waist band very rough texture with 20 per cent metal showing through.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:51 AM   #10
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wow your trailer looks amazing!
It certainly gives thought to having it professionally painted... I'm afraid of the cost, which i saw quoted on other threads at around $4000.
considering this is what i paid for my trailer i'm hesitant to invest this much into it.
but you never know...
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:58 PM   #11
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For spot painting on my 1976 Argosy, I have had success with Krylon Ivory in a can. It matches exactly. Just move the can quickly and don't hold it too close in order to prevent drips.
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