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Old 01-18-2015, 04:37 PM   #1
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Multiple choice question for you

I am painting the interior of my 1961 Bambi. I noticed that the inside surfaces of the window cut-out, such as the window sill, were not originally painted. It was left bare aluminum.

Keep in mind, I'm not talking about the inside surface of the window frames themselves. I am referring to the aluminum around the cut-out that faces the opposite edges.

So here is our multiple choice question:

Why were the insides of the window cut-outs not painted in this trailer?

A) factory painters were lazy
B) saved on paint
C) there was a temperature/flex/condensation issue to consider
D) A and B
E) who knows why the heck they did this, or any weird abstract thing they did, don't even know if they knew what a measuring tape was when they assembled my trailer, nothing lines up right from floor up, what were they smoking?


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Old 02-08-2015, 09:04 PM   #2
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I believe in all years the complete interior window frames where left bare aluminum. I don't suspect laziness it just that they are then easy to clean. Most windows in an airstream will at some point be exposed to standing water via leaks, failing seals or a window left open accidentally and paint doesn't tolerate standing water very well

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Old 02-15-2015, 04:29 PM   #3
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Here's my bet: They installed the windows after the interior walls were painted.
"Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?" - E.C. Bentley, Trent's Last Case
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:04 PM   #4
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I'm with Drboyd, the walls are sprayed first, there is paint under the trim. Mine was painted by some guy named Pedro.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:31 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by drboyd View Post
Here's my bet: They installed the windows after the interior walls were painted.
That was my first thought as well, but the paint is also on the window frame (vertical surfaces, not on the horizontal surfaces. Same metal piece.).

It looks as if window frames without glass installed were put in place, paint was sprayed (straight on horizontal plane) then glass was installed after painting. But I don't know why they would do that, except specifically to get the vertical surfaces of the window frame painted.

It's weird. Just weird.
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