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Old 06-13-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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How to paint over Zolatone from a 1955 airstream

I have looked through the forums and can not find the exact answer and very confused!HELP PLEASE! I need to paint over the original Zolatone - sorry I know it is a sin! I have been reading the links and am confused more than ever can anyone give me a simple answer on what I should do. I have given it a quick rub down and cleaned it with orange cleaner and just need to know what type of paint i can use on top - I just want it a plain colour no zolatone. Thank you for your help in advance!
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:08 PM   #2
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Hello, I'm Chris, and am a painter by trade, who happens to be readying himself to paint his '55 FC. I stripped mine to the aluminum, however, either way, you should first apply a bonding primer coat that is tinted 50% the finish color. Zolatone has a primer that would work best, but pricey. It can be sprayed with an airless, like any other material you'll find for the project, and can be top coated with whatever. As for the paint for the top coat, well, I would use Iron Clad from Benjamin Moore. It is made for metal, and is an oil based paint, not too fun to work with, but very tough. If you go for a latex product, then make sure it is a 100% acrylic paint. I read a guy used Sears Weather Beater exterior paint and was happy. Make sure it is top of the line, you won't use much, and the few extra bucks will be well spent. I an reapplying Zolatone with a Vintage look. Check out my Air-Forum pic site: Member's Photos - Photo Gallery.
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:26 PM   #3
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I have looked through the forums and can not find the exact answer and very confused!HELP PLEASE! I need to paint over the original Zolatone - sorry I know it is a sin! I have been reading the links and am confused more than ever can anyone give me a simple answer on what I should do. I have given it a quick rub down and cleaned it with orange cleaner and just need to know what type of paint i can use on top - I just want it a plain colour no zolatone. Thank you for your help in advance!

Gifford,

I have no idea where you're located, but for Zolatone 101, you should have been here this weekend - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f289...lly-61010.html

Chris, love the Aqua frame, and a very good substitute lesson, thank you, for those who were not in Albuquerque at the Rally!

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Old 06-13-2010, 07:26 PM   #4
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I have looked through the forums and can not find the exact answer and very confused!HELP PLEASE! I need to paint over the original Zolatone - sorry I know it is a sin! I have been reading the links and am confused more than ever can anyone give me a simple answer on what I should do. I have given it a quick rub down and cleaned it with orange cleaner and just need to know what type of paint i can use on top - I just want it a plain colour no zolatone. Thank you for your help in advance!
For any paint to properly adhere, you must "SAND" the Zolotone with 120 to 150 grit sandpaper.

Scuffing it will not do the trick. "Sanding" will prep the surface for a paint to bond and stay.

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I have looked through the forums and can not find the exact answer and very confused!HELP PLEASE! I need to paint over the original Zolatone - sorry I know it is a sin! I have been reading the links and am confused more than ever can anyone give me a simple answer on what I should do. I have given it a quick rub down and cleaned it with orange cleaner and just need to know what type of paint i can use on top - I just want it a plain colour no zolatone. Thank you for your help in advance!
We went with Iron Clad from Benjamin Moore on our 1965 Caravel in 2006 and it still looks perfect today, we used the little 3" roller. $50.00 a gallon.

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For our '53 we prepped it with just a good scrubbing (got the texture off) and painted it with eggshell finish latex paint in a butter color - I think we used Behr from Home depot. That was three years ago and it still looks great. We kept the original zolatone inside a couple of the cupboards for nostalgia sake. Here's a before and after shot.
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Thank you everyone - gosh that rally sounds FANTASTIC!!!! Still confused though - sorry I have a small brain! - Benjamin Moor Iron Clad with a roller sounds like my route I want to take - however there is a range of Iron Clad! - sorry to be spoon fed ! - IronCladŽLatex Low Lustre Metal &Wood Enamel

IronCladŽMetal &Wood Primer

IronCladŽLow Lustre Metal &Wood Enamel
IronCladŽSuper Satin Finish Enamel
IronCladŽAlkyd Low Lustre Metal &Wood Enamel
So I think from that list I need either the latex or the alkyd - but which one? What is the difference? what do they mean?- yikkes! And using one of these I just pop that on with a roller and just do afew coats and don't need to do different stages with differenrt types of paint is that correct? - I need an easy simple life!
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