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Old 09-17-2008, 12:39 AM   #1
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Sanded roof?

While waiting for parts to arrive I started to strip my 1966 Safari. Some PO had painted the roof white. The trailer is from the desert area of Southern California. I was told the white was to reflect the heat. After stripping some of the white off it appears that the roof was sanded to allow the paint to stick. I am wondering how thick the Alclad layer is and if it is going to be possible to polish this area. I will try to post some pictures tomorrow when it is light. Thanks.

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Old 09-17-2008, 12:44 AM   #2
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Ya know...................

All of the newer Airstreams have white roofs....like my '06 CCD. IIWY, I would leave the white, stopping at the awning rail on the sides and the front and rear caps. Perhaps re-coat the white roof, but it surely will make a difference in keeping the trailer cooler if you intend to do any summer camping in hot areas.
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:01 AM   #3
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So Lewster, et al, if you want to apply the white reflective paint to an Airstream that doesn't come with it, does the roof, need to be sanded, etched or how should it be prepped?
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I painted the roof of my work trailer in the Spring.......which happens to be aluminum also!

I thoroughly cleaned it with soap/water and a scrub brush, then applied a self-etching primer specifically for aluminum.

I used a 2-part epoxy marine white from Inter-Lux for the top coat and rolled it on (as per the detailed instruction that boat-doc posted a while ago.

It came out great and looks just like it was sprayed on.......smooth, shiney.....NICE!!!
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You either need to rough up the current layer of paint or metal to get the new paint to stick or use a self etching primer on bare metal.
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