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Old 05-01-2008, 01:52 PM   #1
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She's off for paint!

It wasn't exactly easy, and it wasn't always fun, but the body work is done and our '72 20 footer is now in the shop for her new paint job. Colors will be the same (but flipped) as our '99 'Burb - pewter overall, with a 4" wide indigo strip surrounding the beltline moulding and from the top of the rub rail down. I have black insert for the beltline extrusion, it should look nice against the blue.



I'll have it back when I return from Ft Campbell next Friday.

I CAN'T WAIT!!!
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:36 PM   #2
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That will be BEAUTIFUL, Bob! Please be sure and post pictures when you get her back!!

What kind of paint will they be using? And what kind of prep work?

I am gathering ideas for our 20 footer...

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Old 05-01-2008, 05:21 PM   #3
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Bob,

Interesting colour scheme. It'll make a very nice looking rig.

My 24 footer is being painted this week too. Mini Cooper PEPPER WHITE above the beltline with BLACK below - right down over the banana wraps.

Iíve polished the moldings in anticipation and have all new black vinyl inserts ready to go in.

Give us photos when you are done.

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Old 05-01-2008, 06:31 PM   #4
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That will be BEAUTIFUL, Bob! Please be sure and post pictures when you get her back!!

What kind of paint will they be using? And what kind of prep work?

I am gathering ideas for our 20 footer...

Susan
They're using a catalyzed enamel over a high adhesion 2 part primer. They'll be stripping most of the existing paint off (it's in REAL bad shape) and doing whatever sanding is necessary. I already did the hard stuff - banana wrap fabrication and replacement on both sides of the door, fixing a couple of bad creases and a couple of bad holes where the aluminum corroded through. I opted to leave a few minor dings intact. I'm not looking for a showpiece, just something that isn't butt ugly. I figured that if she had a few beauty marks, I won't be so tempted to slit my wrists the first time she takes a ding with the new paint job.

The worst part was deciding what to do when the full width tail light bezel disintegrated as I was drilling out the rivets that held it in place. My solution isn't perfect (and we'll wind up buying different lights in the long run), but it'll work and keep us camping until we find lights we really like. Making the new wraps by the door was a lot easier than I expected.

Anyway, it's a trailer, not the Taj Mahal. It's going to be on the road or parked in the woods, not in car shows!
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:32 PM   #5
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Bob,

Interesting colour scheme. It'll make a very nice looking rig.

My 24 footer is being painted this week too. Mini Cooper PEPPER WHITE above the beltline with BLACK below - right down over the banana wraps.

Iíve polished the moldings in anticipation and have all new black vinyl inserts ready to go in.

Give us photos when you are done.

Sergei

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That should be quite purdy! Post pix!
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:40 PM   #6
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Bob, why not get the LED taillights that Airstream currently installs in their trailers?
Be sure to post pictures of Old Rivets when you get the paint on...
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Old 05-02-2008, 06:20 AM   #7
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Bob, why not get the LED taillights that Airstream currently installs in their trailers?
Be sure to post pictures of Old Rivets when you get the paint on...
We thought about those, but we're not sure we really like them enough to spend that kind of $$$. We need to get her a set of rock guards for those beautiful wrap around windows in front (not to mention a new furnace) before we drop that kind of money on tail lights.
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We thought about those, but we're not sure we really like them enough to spend that kind of $$$. We need to get her a set of rock guards for those beautiful wrap around windows in front (not to mention a new furnace) before we drop that kind of money on tail lights.
Bob, I think a catalytic heater would be better for that small trailer. It will be quieter, and use zero electricity when you boondock, not to mention it will free up more storage space under the left gaucho.
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Old Rivets?

Is this the world's oldest Argosy we're talking about?
Love the paint scheme you got cooking there. Can't wait for the pics.

I agree entirely with O'63 about the cat heater. The wave 6 keeps us plenty warm in the 24 footer.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:43 PM   #10
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She's done! (but not home (yet))

The weather was pretty bad here in NJ when I was off on my trip to Tennessee, so the shop wasn't able to have the paint done by the time of my return this past Friday. We left for Massachusetts on Saturday morning to visit Mom and my grandkids. When we got back into tiown this afternoon, I gave the shop a call and the paint is DONE! We took a spin over to check it out, but won't be picking her up until sometime tomorrow (they want to do some clean up work and give her a bath).

Anyway, here she is without her Argosy badges, tanks, or beltline vinyl trim.
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:44 PM   #11
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I'm impressed!
Looks very nice in the photos.
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:52 PM   #12
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Wow! Looks great Bob. Think you need some shiney aluminum tanks in the front and some aluminum rims to match!
One of the stainless water heater doors would look nice as well.

Regarding the lights - any truck LED store will sell those "AS" rear LED's. Just without the big aluminum bezel (which doesn't match the curve of our trailers anyway). Buy the crome bezel for the lights that they sell and mount them flush. It'll look great.

Care to share the cost of the paint? Makes me kind of want to paint ours now!
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:13 PM   #13
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Heater for Argosy

I installed an Olympian Wave 6 in our 6.0 metre Minuet. Works great! Have not used in winter but kept us toasty in October with temps down to the high 20's.

Planning on installing the same in our Argosy 20 when I have everything else ship shape.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:23 PM   #14
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The paint job set me back $2080.00 + tax (NJ sales tax is 7.00%). The cost to strip & prep was $1200, painting (primer + 3 colors involved, Pewter, Indigo, and black (for hitch & rear bumper)) was $800, misc charges for other materials was $80.00. At that price, I had to do all the body repairs (lots of fun), but our trailer was in pretty good shape, so it wasn't too big a deal.
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