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Old 04-18-2014, 07:25 PM   #1
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Rolled on paint job with a twist.

Painted my 24 with a roller and am pleased with the result, it's a satin pebbly texture, but I think it looks great.
The twist is that I stripped all the door and window frames, castings and lower belt. I did it because you can't easily sand the window frames because of all the rivets and the paint was terribly chipped. So I planned to strip and repaint, but while they were stripped I liked the look. Somehow, looking at it now it just seems wrong to paint all those castings and trim.
To each his own I guess.

Also removed the original tail light assembly and filled the holes.
Don't know yet what I'll do for tail lights yet, bolt on's on the bumper for now.

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Old 04-18-2014, 07:28 PM   #2
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Looks good. I too like the aluminum window and door frames, but you probably need to at least keep them waxed to prevent corrosion.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve,

I was planning on wax, glad you second the opinion.
They're not really shiny, I just burnished them a bit with a scotchbrite pad.

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Old 04-18-2014, 09:03 PM   #4
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Looks good! Does the dog drive? :-)
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:26 PM   #5
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Can you post some close up pictures? I might do the same thing and needs lots of info.

Can you give details on the paint and the type of rollers you used? Primer?
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:40 PM   #6
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Rolled on paint job with a twist.

MrJ
I'll get some close pics for you.
The paint is just Rustoleum. I mixed colours to get the tint I wanted.
The primer is a premium etch primer used on any exposed aluminium.
I put Japan drier in the paint to harden it a bit.
Rolled with 4" high density foam rollers.

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Old 04-19-2014, 09:31 PM   #7
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I think it looks awesome.

Is it wrong for me to covet your painted Airstream?
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:41 PM   #8
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I like it! I want to do the same with mine. The window frames unpainted look awsome. Where did u get the primer, and Rustoleum. Did u strip first, and what did u use for the stripper.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:45 PM   #9
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Love the two-toned paint job! We just bought this 1977 Argosy 26 this week. Today I worked on the brake lights and running/parking lights. But we will paint this in the next couple years. Same question as the others...what type of paint stripper did you use? Where did you get that primer and Japan drier? Thanks for your post(s)!
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:00 AM   #10
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I have painted with a foam roller like that before with latex water base paint. I had issues with the roller leaving texture where the it stopped before started the down stroke. I can't imagine painting an airstream in 1 continuous stoke down the side. Maybe it was a latex paint issue? You didn't have that issue with the oil based paint?

I know the foam is going to leave a texture on the surface. I just want it to be consistent.
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Wow! I'm impressed!
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Thanks for the kind words.

The texture is the issue for sure.
If you have enough paint on the roller, the overlaps don't show, but you need to keep a "wet edge", I rolled vertically to achieve this. My first coat was perfect, I laid down a thick coat which leveled out really well. With the second coat, I was running low on paint and I had to finish that day, so the roller was a bit too dry in a few spots and there is a more pronounced "pebble" texture. It's still shiny, but pebbled.

I stripped only the areas you see bare aluminium, of course the stripper affected the adjoining painted area so sanding and priming was required.

Stripper, Ace hardware house brand for metal and masonry.
Primer, Dupont Chromate system etch primer in rattle cans.
Paint, Rustoleum, I mixed almond and white for the top, Hunter green and black for the bottom.
Japan drier, Redi-Strip, available at Home Depot.

There's a little more info on my blog.

I'll get some more photos soon, I'm restoring as I travel, I painted the coach in New Orleans and I've been working my way north ever since, sitting in Jersey City tonight.

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How many rattle cans of chromate did you need?
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