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Old 04-19-2007, 07:07 AM   #15
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Sure can, propper prep of the metal either way.

I'm thinking of doing my top in white. It's a bugger to polish up there, and it will reduce the heat sinc properties
Yeah, I am thinking of doing the same up top; what to use for paint/primer?

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Old 04-19-2007, 08:16 AM   #16
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Yeah, I am thinking of doing the same up top; what to use for paint/primer?

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Still looking, Por 15 does have a Whitecoat, I'm thinknig of doing a test strip, if/when the weather clears long enogh. Then there is the Nano paint to thik of....
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:07 AM   #17
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Still looking, Por 15 does have a Whitecoat, I'm thinknig of doing a test strip, if/when the weather clears long enogh. Then there is the Nano paint to thik of....
Nano nano?

I would think that whatever AS uses at the factory on the new units would be a good choice?

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Nano nano?

I would think that whatever AS uses at the factory on the new units would be a good choice?

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No clue what they use or even if it would be a good choice for a vintage rig.
Experimenting will give me somthing to keep my busy (r)
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:33 AM   #19
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I would think that whatever AS uses at the factory on the new units would be a good choice?
The factory uses a plasticote which is a special protective coating which has ingredients in it to keep the coating pliable. This is an important factor to keep in mind when choosing your coating as the aluminum expands and contracts. There are plenty of after market companies that can do this work if you aren't up for doing it yourself.
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Current Airstreams (99 & newer) are built with precoated aluminum & they are starting to fail. I believe the factory has gone through about five different blends of clearcoat over the years & they have all failed over time. Strange as it may seem, the blends that seem to last the longest are the earlier blends (60's era). The early blends can no longer be used because of EPA regulations. We have an alclad test panel coated with glisten PC that has been hanging outside my shop for the past year that still looks great. According to the techy's at POR15, Glisten PC was developed for polished aluminum & stainless steel so theoretically it should adhere well. As far as I'm concerned, "the jury is still out" as to how long it will adhere. I'll keep the forums informed of our continuing test.
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the white tops on newer units are prefinished panels.

a/s doesn't apply this, they buy the skin prefinished.

a/s no longer applies plasticoat to any skin on new units. it is still applied it to window frames (vendor done?), i think.

it's important to distinguish between the various plasti-coats applied by a/s over the years...

and the clear-coat that is alcoa applied to skin panels now...

otoh, all the toppings eventually fail.

pigmented coatings (paint) does last much longer than either the plasti-coats or current clearcoat.

imron (using the dupont name generically for polyurethane auto paints) and other aluminum compatible paints DO have flex agents included in the formulations.

a/s/dealers did paint the trailers one year and the color they used is very very aluminum like.

of course a great paint job is all about the prep and masking too...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...int-30849.html

bigal here has a painted trailer, that looks very very good after 12-13 years.

i had my 79 moho painted in '88 and at 19 years is still really nice on the sides.
the top/end caps have deteriorated now, after 24/7 of sun and no care in the last 7 years.


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