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Old 06-06-2016, 07:58 PM   #1
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Paint over Zolatone or keep it original?

Good evening Airstreamer's! I have a question for you all. I have a {new to me} 59 Globetrotter that is mostly original except for the flooring and sink faucet. The walls are that speckled Zolatone. I've owned vintage trailers for quite sometime, although this is my first AS. I know that whenever possible, for future re-sell value, it's best to keep everything original. However, this Zolatone is worn in places and discolored here and there. Does it really add that much value to keep them as is, even if worn in places and discolored? Don't get me wrong it's not horrible but just...well, BLAH looking. If you look close at this photo you can see where some area's are brighter than others. I guess what I'm saying is, since the floor already isn't original is it going to make an enormous difference in value $$ if the walls are painted? Are we talking 5k- 10k value drop or not that much? I'm trying to figure out what the consequences monetarily will be.

Please be kind. I know that original vs. altering interiors can be a touchy subject


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Old 06-11-2016, 11:15 AM   #2
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Old 06-11-2016, 09:40 PM   #3
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I painted over the Zolatone in my '61 Safari with a color that was the "average" of the Zolatone. It looks so much better to me, I've never had an unfavorable comment, and, besides, the trailer belongs to me, not some unknown future owner. My advice: roll up your sleeves and make it your trailer.

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You have 3 options... Clean as best you can and leave it, paint over it, or repaint with Zolotone.

Unless you are trying to flip the trailer for maximum profit I would not worry about future value. It is only going to be worth what someone will pay you for it. Some people want 100 point original, others could care less.

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