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Old 01-26-2007, 02:41 PM   #71
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Hi Jamie,
I have a '94 Excella that was painted when brand new to cover a problem with a new type of clearcoat that Airstream was trying out. It did not work properly and the aluminum was badly corroded. Their solution was to cover the mess up with a paint job.
I've been told that it consists of prep, primer, several coats of paint and finished off with clear coat. Very much like a clearcoat paint finish on a car. It still looks brand new.
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:43 PM   #72
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Jamie,
Just noticed where you live.
I will be at the April rally in Georgia. Come on and see mine if you like.
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:53 AM   #73
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Jamie, please let me know if / when you find someone who is interested in painting your coach. Finding a facility with the ability, much less the desire to take on something like a classic AS is the challenge.
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:06 AM   #74
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I have to say, until I saw BigAl's rig, I would have said are you nuts, clear it......but, we all looked at BigAl's rig at the rally, and even from 10 feet you'd swear it's not paint. Even up close, you really have to look. I and others were totally blown away how great it looked painted.
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:20 AM   #75
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guy99's Motorhome is painted, I think he said it was a Mercedes silver and it looks great
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Old 01-27-2007, 01:18 PM   #76
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Thanks for the compliment on my trailer Eric.
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:46 PM   #77
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Al -- How about some photos? I would be happy to help get them on if it is a problem...
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Old 01-27-2007, 06:40 PM   #78
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Where to have it painted on the East coast?

Acutally, at this point only my top needs redoing. What is the cost vs clearcoating?
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:18 PM   #79
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Jking,

I concur with your 3 year assessment of clearcoat. Mine was recoated in 2002 and it made it four years before light spots became apparent. I think P&S does a fairly good job of application but, it is my opinion that clearcoat is a waste of money.

I saw one painted 34 footer this past summer which I walked past for three days before I even realized it was painted.

I think that you will have to go to the west coast to get it done right.

Just my .02
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:28 PM   #80
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Al -- How about some photos? I would be happy to help get them on if it is a problem...
Here is a shot of Guy99's moho that was mentioned earlier. It was the third day of the rally, and we were parked next to each other, before I suspected that it was paint. Ron
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:03 PM   #81
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:49 AM   #82
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Cost of painting vs clearcoating?

Does anyone know the cost comparison of painting vs clearcoating. Also, I would really appreciate it if anyone knows of a reputable place to have painting done on an Airstream in the Eastern US.
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Old 02-02-2007, 08:38 AM   #83
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Researching another issue I ran across this thread. Take a look at that painted Flying Fortress in post #7!
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... reputable place to have painting done on an Airstream in the Eastern US.
Dunno Stewart. Try asking TheVAP's Colin Hyde at GSM Vehicles what sort of shops might take this on. Better yet -- call your question in to the VAP question line! Aircraft painters? We've read many posts about truck painters and they tend to use acid washes -- a BIG no-no with an Airstream.
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The problem with clearcoating is that it is difficult to get the coating to "bite" into pristine aluminum. When painting, one can sand the aluminum first, giving it a much rougher surface before applying primer. The paint can stick to that much better than to untreated aluminum.
Can't do that with clearcoat, since it would be visible afterwards.
Look for truck paint facilities. Those have large enough spray booth and also usually have experience painting over aluminum.
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