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Old 08-19-2003, 04:49 PM   #15
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Thanks for the update.

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Old 08-19-2003, 04:54 PM   #16
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Hey David ~

Thanks for following up on this...it's an interesting alternative. Did you ask about a solution to trapped air bubbles around the rivets? I still think they would create a problem with temperature changes and the coating would delaminate (or never attach properly) at the rivets...

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Air around rivets

Shari,
There is no doubt that the area around the rivet will trap some air. After talking to them, I am interested to see if the adhesive is truely as agressive as they indicated. If it is, I don't think there will be a problem with the the adhesive releasing from the rivet area or allowing dirt/moisture into the area. I think I will have N Dallas RV rivet me up a row of olympia rivets thru 2 pieces of aluminum and shave the heads so that I can apply over them and get a better look as how the film pulls down into the dimple. Also remember that the rivet head is actually above the plane of the aluminum skin so there is only the area just around the edges of the rivet that might be an issue. During installation, there is a short lived barrier of moisture that allows the air to be worked to the edges. The rivets would be close to the edges, so air might not be that difficult to work away from the rivet area. As the film is worked from the center outward, the adhesive becomes more and more attached, so once air is expelled from a rivet area, I don't feel that the rivets will be a particularly problematic area. I do understand your concern over time. I will post the results of the test skin I will have made as well as how it actually applied and looks on the front of the Bambi.
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Cool...anxious to see the results of your test...

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One thing to remember is that the newer trailers have fewer rivets, and those that are there on the newer units seem to follow the panel edges moe than in past vintages. I would be curious as to the results where the rivets are mid panel.

I wonder if this stuff could help prolong the paint life on end caps of the Argosy line?
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I wonder if this stuff could help prolong the paint life on end caps of the Argosy line?
We don't have to worry about that, we have good old clear coat. The Argosys might not be as pretty and shiny but are more conventional to maintain (that is not what I was saying when I was washing that big old white thing this AM though.)

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Should work on Argosy as well

As this same stuff is being used on car surfaces (extreme high end unit especially), I would think it would work on the painted surfaces of an Argosy.
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