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Old 01-24-2005, 10:22 PM   #1
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Zolatone remover?

I know I saw a post earlier regarding this, but can't find it now. I've got some one coming out tommorrow to give me a price on stripping and polishing the interior aluminum on my 1962 Globetrotter, he knows about polishing aluminum, but nothing about Zolatone. Talked to a different guy who said he'd charge me about $500 more to strip & polish than repaint with Zolatone.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:37 PM   #2
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Kleen Strip Aircraft Stripper ought to do the trick ~

Here's a couple of links to a couple of older threads discussing this that you may have seen.

Be sure to follow all label warings & instructions, this stuff is nasty.

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Old 01-25-2005, 09:31 AM   #3
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I am in the process of stripping the two coats of poorly applied, by brush, latex house paint and the zolotone off our 59.

The aluminum on the interior of your unit is not the t2024-t3 that the exterior is. It will NOT take a shine as well as the exterior. I would also look at your interior end caps. On our coach they are fiberglass and I would think your coach would be the same.

If your zolotone is other wise in good condition and still bonded to the walls it can be painted over with another coat of Zolotone. That is by far the cheapest way to go. I wish I had the choice but I have to strip on mine because of the other coats.

Somebody posted some pictures in the Photo section of an interior painted silver and it came out quite nice. It allows the fiberglass end caps to blend in and gives the CCD look. I am actually looking at that for at least our Bath.
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Old 01-25-2005, 12:17 PM   #4
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I am in the process of stripping the two coats of poorly applied, by brush, latex house paint and the zolotone off our 59.

The aluminum on the interior of your unit is not the t2024-t3 that the exterior is. It will NOT take a shine as well as the exterior. I would also look at your interior end caps. On our coach they are fiberglass and I would think your coach would be the same.

If your zolotone is other wise in good condition and still bonded to the walls it can be painted over with another coat of Zolotone. That is by far the cheapest way to go. I wish I had the choice but I have to strip on mine because of the other coats.

Somebody posted some pictures in the Photo section of an interior painted silver and it came out quite nice. It allows the fiberglass end caps to blend in and gives the CCD look. I am actually looking at that for at least our Bath.
Andy,
Thanks that was helpful.
I'd love to see the pictures of the interior painted silver. How do I find them?
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Old 01-25-2005, 02:50 PM   #5
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Maya -
On our '59, the interior walls had four coats of prior owner applied paint with the top one being a latex. What a mess!! We stripped all of this off including the Zolotone and planned on polishing the aluminum skin. Once we got to the bare aluminum, we found a number of reasons not to polish. One - the interior panels are a different grade of aluminum that won't polish to a high luster. In fact, on our center end cap panel in the top front was different from the rest of the end cap. The center one polished up nicely but the others did not. Two - the factory workers scribed the aluminum where the rivets were to be drilled. The skin was 'hit' with sandpaper or something to cut down the depth of the scribe. This left a very deep straight scratch in the aluminum that was hidden by the factory applied Zolotone. We decided to repaint with an off-white interior house paint that's washable. We first had to apply a coat of Kilz to the aluminum to prep it for the two coats of paint. We've been very happy with it so far. I would have Zolotoned it if the interior walls and all of the interior had been removed but my restoration was not that involved.

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Old 01-25-2005, 03:53 PM   #6
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On our '59, the interior walls had four coats of prior owner applied paint with the top one being a latex. What a mess!! We stripped all of this off including the Zolotone and planned on polishing the aluminum skin. Once we got to the bare aluminum, we found a number of reasons not to polish. One - the interior panels are a different grade of aluminum that won't polish to a high luster. In fact, on our center end cap panel in the top front was different from the rest of the end cap. The center one polished up nicely but the others did not. Two - the factory workers scribed the aluminum where the rivets were to be drilled. The skin was 'hit' with sandpaper or something to cut down the depth of the scribe. This left a very deep straight scratch in the aluminum that was hidden by the factory applied Zolotone. We decided to repaint with an off-white interior house paint that's washable. We first had to apply a coat of Kilz to the aluminum to prep it for the two coats of paint. We've been very happy with it so far. I would have Zolotoned it if the interior walls and all of the interior had been removed but my restoration was not that involved.

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Okay. I'm convinced. It looks like my endcaps are fiberglass too.
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I've only owned my 1973-31' Sov about a month-Is Zolatone that thick textured type paint on the interior ceiling panels?
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Is Zolatone that thick textured type paint on the interior ceiling panels?
I'm not as familiar with the 70's trailers and their use of Zolatone on the ceiling or elsewhere, but yes, it is a textured usually epoxy-based multi-colored paint that was used inside the 50's & 60's trailers. You may also recognize it as the paint used in car trunks or boats.

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Dear Maya, I can attest to that. The interior will not shine like the exterior, been there, tried to do that. Best wishes for your project.
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