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Old 11-11-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Anyone have thoughts on stripping an Argosy?

new to this site...I recently bought a 1976 24 Argosy that the previous owner primed gray 3 years ago. I know the end caps are steel, but has anyone got an opinion on if the aluminum may be stripped and polished, and simply paint the steel end caps silver to closely match?
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:20 PM   #2
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This might give you something to ponder (courtesy Vintage Airstream):

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Old 11-11-2009, 09:02 PM   #3
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I saw one that was polished & the endcaps were painted silver (somewhere on this forum). It looked really good!
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:44 PM   #4
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hi jim

marc' has done the duty on his 'gosy...

and she looks great.

here is ONE thread with a pic but he's posted others too...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...hii-16639.html

i've seen this one up close and it looks like any other stream.

suggested he paint 1 end cap red and 1 blue, but so far he's ignored that idea.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:25 PM   #5
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Jim.

Polishing an Argost trailer, properly, gives great results.

However, you can paint the front and rear cap, silver if you wish.

Be aware that those caps are galvanized plated, and must be treated as such when painting, or paint failure will occur in short order.

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I don't know how to put a link here, but under the subject "What Airstream had a Rear Bedroom" , which is on the forums right now, scroll down to "Apache Camp"'s post & he has a stripped Argosy. You can't even tell it's not an Airstream.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:32 PM   #7
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just got a gal of stripper from a local aircraft maintenance company to try on the door. nice results for a quick test. there are sanding marks which will need blending to get to polish. will try larger area tomorrow. should those sand marks be sanded with progressively finer grit paper as any finishing job using a DA sander? and to what grit paper? you can see the dull areas are the sanded areas.
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:25 AM   #8
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I don't know how to put a link here, but under the subject "What Airstream had a Rear Bedroom" , which is on the forums right now, scroll down to "Apache Camp"'s post & he has a stripped Argosy. You can't even tell it's not an Airstream.
An Argosy IS an Airstream. Says so right on the label. Just painted. Wish people would stop saying Argosies are not Airstreams.
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An Argosy IS an Airstream. Says so right on the label. Just painted. Wish people would stop saying Argosies are not Airstreams.
I think the terms are used simply to distinguish between painted and unpainted.... without prejudice to one being a lesser coach than the other. Using the term Argosy brings to mind a certain style of Airstream... just like saying an Overlander versus Bambi....
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I think the terms are used simply to distinguish between painted and unpainted.... without prejudice to one being a lesser coach than the other. Using the term Argosy brings to mind a certain style of Airstream... just like saying an Overlander versus Bambi....
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just got a gal of stripper from a local aircraft maintenance company to try on the door. nice results for a quick test. there are sanding marks which will need blending to get to polish. will try larger area tomorrow. should those sand marks be sanded with progressively finer grit paper as any finishing job using a DA sander? and to what grit paper? you can see the dull areas are the sanded areas.
I sanded my endcaps starting with 320 and worked my way through the grits to 2000. I used aluminum oxide paper & wet sanded (this was to get a kind of orange peel effect off). Then I proceeded with the compounding process. You can pretty safely start with that. I used a palm sander & finished off by hand. Lots of work! Great results.
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new to this site...I recently bought a 1976 24 Argosy that the previous owner primed gray 3 years ago. I know the end caps are steel, but has anyone got an opinion on if the aluminum may be stripped and polished, and simply paint the steel end caps silver to closely match?
Or, If it's already primed spray the whole coach silver. KISS
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how much paint is required for full coverage of a 24'? I have seriously been thinking of painting at this point. what kind of quantities of epoxy primer , base coat and clear coat is needed????
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You may want to check with some of the members that posted to this thread. There are some very nice looking rigs represented here.

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