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Old 02-02-2012, 06:00 PM   #15
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Since the segments are all stretch formed, how can you stretch paint?
I don't know the chemistry involved - I suspect the coating must be a polymer based material that has long molecular strands so they can stretch. So classic enamel paint is not a good match. A coating with a more plastic attribute would work.

In a previous job we purchased all sorts of pre-coated/pre-painted/pre-plated steel and aluminum products. The raw material was pre-coated/pre-painted/pre-plated per the specs and we purchased all sorts of intricate shape parts. Don't know if this is what Airstream does or not but I seem to remember the factory tour guide indicating they used pre-coated panels for the end caps.

I'll be curious to hear what the factory has to say.

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Well it does look like they have a wide choice of possible coatings.

Including the clear...wonder if

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