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Old 12-08-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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I saw a stripped Argosy on the classifieds - How can I do it to mine.

Hi All, There is a stripped Argosy on the classifieds right now and I am so intrigued as I want to do mine...

1974 Airstream Argosy 24 - Massachusetts

I have been chatting with the seller Joshua about it and unfortunately he was not the strippee so he couldn't give me advice on how it was done but he gave me permission to post his pics.

So for all the vast wealth of knowledge out there on the forums. How is it done and what results have people had with polishing after.

I would be doing at myself. My budget does not allow for professionals but I am ready willing and able to most things on my own anyway (Although I admit I leave the mechanical, electrical and plumbing stuff to my other half) ;-)

Yes I do know the end caps are galvanized and need special paint, I can work with that. I've heard they have swirl marks in the aluminum for the paint to bite in to, that they use seconds of aluminum etc...but what have people really actually seen with their own eyes not in hearsay, Can it be done?

I am not seeing swirls in Joshua's Argosy, but maybe the PO got them out already :-)


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Old 12-08-2014, 05:09 PM   #2
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Anything is possible. Just keep in mind that while the black on the endcaps may look nice, it will surely raise temps inside especially in the summer. Even bare aluminum gets very hot, that is why many have white roofs (including mine) to keep the heat down.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:15 PM   #3
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If it is doable I would likely paint them silver to try to match the polished aluminum
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:37 PM   #4
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I've seen pics of airstreams painted with automotive silver metallic paint that look beautiful and you dont have to worry about it looking dull in a year. You could always paint it all silver and see who notices.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:53 PM   #5
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100% agree with the aquinob.....I took a photo of a striped Argosy MH to the guys at Airstream of New England (who are also a Ford bodyshop) and asked if they could strip my MH whilst it was being rebuilt. They asked if I was going polish it (yearly???) after it was striped, as soon as I said no, they said they could paint it so I couldn't tell the difference, and it would have no maintenance issues etc. Unless you are going for the high maintenance polished look.....paint it.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:03 PM   #6
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I've forgotten the username but there's a person in the forums who painted his (I believe) a Toyota sliver and it looks really beautiful.

That's an option. As is a stunning paint job in any color choice(s) you like!

Good luck!
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:04 PM   #7
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From what I have seen in the forums it is about 5 grand to properly paint an Argosy and I have more time than money

Hoping to find input for someone that has successfully done it ...
(or tried and failed, because that is the best learning advice one can get)

Also, could a trailer be clear coated after stripping and polishing, or is re-polishing every year the only option, that's not just an argosy question I have three AS trailers I am playing with at home
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:54 PM   #8
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The endcaps are steel. I think they might have been fiberglass for one or two years... just an experiment. Lots of folks paint them to match the aluminum. I've seen ONE really polished up where the owner used a "chrome" coating or paint. A lot of "chrome bumpers" on trucks are actually plastic coated with his chrome paint. The only problem with using it? Cost and application requirements aren't for the faint of heart, but trying to get the ALUMINUM shiny enough to match - a real job.

Signlady, go under SEARCH - go to the Google Search, type in "costalotta" and meet HappyCampers. A very good restoration thread.

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Old 12-08-2014, 09:16 PM   #9
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See my post #14 on this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...sy-118347.html

That will lead you to my post #5 on this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...os-100143.html

That will show you some information on stripped Airstreams, mine and others.

BTW, only a few Argosy's were made with fiberglass exterior end caps. I happened to own one, and made a post on it. A few other people found theirs were fiberglass also, but only 1975's as far as we could determine. And probably all made in California, which Airstream says didn't happen, but the SN's showed otherwise. One poster found he had one fiberglass end cap and one steel! That shows how strange Argosy's can be.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:33 PM   #10
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I've forgotten the username but there's a person in the forums who painted his (I believe) a Toyota sliver and it looks really beautiful.

That's an option. As is a stunning paint job in any color choice(s) you like!

Good luck!
2008 Toyota tundra gray. Matches the TV. Had it done for 5k. However there was a thread on DIY with a brush and roller. If my memory is correct it was done by username boatdoc.

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I'll see if I can get the photo to post but if it does here's a paint job worthy of any Airstream. Go for it
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:10 PM   #12
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Woooah, pretty...I would most definitely need to win the lottery to afford that kind of paint job and an airstream sized item though...
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