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Old 08-20-2006, 04:56 PM   #1
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Red face Argosy Exterior Help

I am the happy new owner of a 1987 28' Argosy twin. The exterior paint is still in great shape, It needs polishing. so I am guessing I should wax it. Any help on this would be appreciated. The really problem with the exterior is that the previous owner used alot of putty around the seems. I would like to take off the old moldings or weather stripping, and replace with new. any ideas where to buy something that would work.

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Old 08-20-2006, 06:38 PM   #2
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Hi, Mike and Char. Welcome to a great site.

Recently purchased 1975 Argosy 24 ft.

Own car detailing shop in Moncton, N.B. Canada. I used a glazed product (not compound) which removed the black lines from rivets under the windows and brought the shine back, if your paint is good.

You need to determine what type of putty was used around the seams, i.e. auto body fill, silicone, or fiberglass. Each type will require different methods of removal.

Good luck, feel free to contact us. Pictures would be an asset.
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Old 08-20-2006, 06:58 PM   #3
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Hi, Mike and Char. Welcome to a great site.

Recently purchased 1975 Argosy 24 ft.

Own car detailing shop in Moncton, N.B. Canada. I used a glazed product (not compound) which removed the black lines from rivets under the windows and brought the shine back, if your paint is good.

You need to determine what type of putty was used around the seams, i.e. auto body fill, silicone, or fiberglass. Each type will require different methods of removal.

Good luck, feel free to contact us. Pictures would be an asset.
They have a square Argosy. It would be fiberglass instead of aluminum on the outside. Still a very nice trailer.
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Old 08-20-2006, 11:24 PM   #4
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They have a square Argosy. It would be fiberglass instead of aluminum on the outside. Still a very nice trailer.
Minor correction -- they were bonded aluminum. Search the forums on 'Squarestream.' To quote Lou, "Still a very nice trailer."
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:27 AM   #5
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Needing some Input on painted finish

I have the 1975 28' Argosy. I got it June 1st and have done tons of work on it already (and tons left to do!) I was wondering what product would be suitable to to help bring back a shine to the paint and touch up products to try and match what is already there. Also, is there a way to "pop" out a dent in the outside panel on top corner. Thanks for suggestions!
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I was wondering what product would be suitable to to help bring back a shine to the paint and touch up products to try and match what is already there. Also, is there a way to "pop" out a dent in the outside panel on top corner.
Automotive paint was used on the Argosy line, so any technique to bring back oxidized cars could be tried -- on an inconspicuous location first. In my experience there was fading and streaking affecting various parts of my Argosy differently. A full repaint is an option if you can find a shop that would do it. I found a spray can color (almond) that is close but it is easy to see the difference when you stand back and look. These colors vary between manufacturers and I chose the lightest almond I could find. Really test this idea on a separate piece of metal to use as a color swatch in deciding how far you want to go in this direction.

Popping out dents has been discussed on the forums. There is usually a metal distortion or stretching that occurred in the original dent, so the final result will still be visible. Body shops have tricks -- search the Forums on 'suction cup' to read other tales. You didn't say if this dent was on aluminum side panel or the galvanized steel end cap. Bondo wouldn't be out of the question if you'll repaint small areas. Bondo is out of the question for aluminum exteriors of course -- you're lucky with an Argosy.

Bimetallic reaction frequently causes some breakdown of the end cap edges where they meet the aluminum. Rust needs to be addressed if present. Try not to sand any intact galvanized surface. InlandRV's Andy told me you have to use an acid prep on exposed galvanized before repainting. Be careful because such a prep really alters surrounding paint color.
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