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Old 04-19-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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Interior walls

Is there a layer of aluminum on the interior of the vintage airstreams? When you see pics of those renovated airstreams that have the inside panels shiny aluminum was that added or is that under the wall material?
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Is there a layer of aluminum on the interior of the vintage airstreams? When you see pics of those renovated airstreams that have the inside panels shiny aluminum was that added or is that under the wall material?
The is aluminum on the inside walls and has been from almost day one.

It adds strength to the "monocoque" construction.

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Thanks andy, How hard is it to pull the interior wall out and expose the aluminum for polishing, does the trailer lose any structural integrity if you do that?
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Thanks andy, How hard is it to pull the interior wall out and expose the aluminum for polishing, does the trailer lose any structural integrity if you do that?
The interior walls are held in place with "pop" rivets. They can be drilled out with a # 30 drill bit.

However, the trailer must be placed on jacks, so that the shell does not sag at all, when you remove that metal.

But, the better part is, why do you want to remove the metal? It can easily be stripped of it's vinyl coating and polished while still on the walls.

That would take a little more effort, but far less than removing the metal for polishing.

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Are you refering to the coating on the face of the aluminum?
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That is a vinyl coating. There are some very informative threads in the restoration portion of the forum for walls, upholstery and so forth.
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thanks I did not realize the the aluminum is actually covered with vinyl I thought it was a laminate skin. I appreciate everyones advise.
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Some interiors had zolatone paint over the interior aluminum skin.
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Some interiors had zolatone paint over the interior aluminum skin.
It being a 1965 absolutly zolatone! We all know how much fun that is to get off. Do-able but not always fun.
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It being a 1965 absolutly zolatone! We all know how much fun that is to get off. Do-able but not always fun.
How do you get that Zolatone off?
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Here is how I did it. It is fairly simple just a lot of elbow grease.
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Here is how I did it. It is fairly simple just a lot of elbow grease.

Perfect. Thanks!
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That is a vinyl coating. There are some very informative threads in the restoration portion of the forum for walls, upholstery and so forth.
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Here is how I did it. It is fairly simple just a lot of elbow grease.
Zolatone was used from the mid-50's to the mid-60's when they transitioned over to the vinyl-clad aluminum panels. '65 is a transition year that has both...but I think after that, it is primarily vinyl. Removing the vinyl is a very different process than removing the Zolatone - neither one are what I would call fun...depends on your year which is your challenge ~

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Personally, I'd think twice before launching into removing Zolatone, if I had it.

Really, it's not an unpleasant coating, and secondly, it is low maintenance and goes well with any colour scheme.
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