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Old 01-16-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
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Smile painting 1965 Safari interior?

I have a 1965 Safari that I would like to repaint on the interior. The surface that is there now looks like paint but is speckled with what look like little bits of rust (but I realise thats unlikey what it is) they do seem to rub off. I have three questions:

Is a 1965 Safari likely to have painted aluminium interior or is it vinyl?

What is the best cleaner to use to clean/prepare the surface?

Is there a water based/non toxic paint I could use to repaint it?
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:28 AM   #2
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Hi and Welcome to the forums. There have been several people paint the interior of their Airstream. If you go to the search bar at the top and type in something like "painting the interior", it should lead you to the answer.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:02 AM   #3
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Not original on Airstream but SOBs of 50s and 60s. Check out "multispec" paint. Speckled paint that was origininally used to paint car trunks in the 40s.
Retro Kool. A bit expensive, and goes on best with HVLP spray system. If I could do it you could do it.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:40 PM   #4
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Zolatone Interior

If still in the original form, check inside a closet or upper locker. You may have the original zolatone interior coating. You have several choices. To clean, re zolatone, or to paint. Best of luck on your decision.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:38 PM   #5
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I have a 1965 Safari that I would like to repaint on the interior. The surface that is there now looks like paint but is speckled with what look like little bits of rust (but I realise thats unlikey what it is) they do seem to rub off. I have three questions:

Is a 1965 Safari likely to have painted aluminium interior or is it vinyl?

What is the best cleaner to use to clean/prepare the surface?

Is there a water based/non toxic paint I could use to repaint it?
1965 and up trailers used "vinyl clad" metal interiors.

1964 and older used Zolotone paint.

Post your trailer serial number and we can better help you.

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Andy: I always though I had a 1965. It definetly has original zolatone as it was found behind fridge, etc. I found it odd that some of the small panels I removed had a textured (vinyl clad?) finish on the back side. Could someone have specified zolatone in 1965? Serial # JO225206
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Andy: I always though I had a 1965. It definetly has original zolatone as it was found behind fridge, etc. I found it odd that some of the small panels I removed had a textured (vinyl clad?) finish on the back side. Could someone have specified zolatone in 1965? Serial # JO225206
Zolotone was last used in the 64 models. But, anything is possible.

It perhaps could also be that a previous owner, gutted the trailer, and painted it with Zolotone.

Zolotone is certain a long lasting very durable paint, that is still reasonable priced.

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'65 Caravel

Our '65 Caravel is definitely painted with Zolatone, not vinyl. Just like the '63 Globetrotter was.

Perhaps the changeover took place around that time, not exactly Jan. 1.

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We are just over a year with our painted interior. Our '64 had original Zolotone. We cleaned the walls with orange cleaner degreaser we bought from the local dollar store, one coat of oil base Kilns, two coats of exterior house paint from either Dutch Boy or Behr solid color, no specks. All the paints were brushed and rolled on. So far we have not had any problems, except for scuff marks on the lower half of the door. Our floor is also painted for now (removed old tiles, sanded/filled no primer) with porch/floor paint, it was grey, it's now brown with a coat of Minwax water based clear poly. We painted our interior front fiberglass section with oil based silver.

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