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Old 04-17-2016, 09:23 PM   #1
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Do I need to paint with zolatone

Hi there. I'm wanting to know if zolatone is the right choice for the interior of my 72 overlander? And if so does anyone know how much I need to order. Thanks
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:18 PM   #2
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There are now, two "types" of Zolatone. The Automotive Version, "Type 20" (which is what they used in the early sixties), it's pretty spendy, it's very durable and bullet proof, and you'll need "automotive" type spraying equipment . . . mostly a compressor with enough capacity to "keep up".

The other "Zolatone" is a completely different product, and is intended for interior use only . . . there are people on the forums have used it and seem to be satisfied.

Either way you'll will need to get down to metal (I'm assuming 70's airstreams have some kind of surface material - like vinyl or ? . . .).
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I have used the original type zolatone and it covers very well. you can buy the special gun at harbor freight to apply but you will also need a compressor. A regular automotive paint gun will not work the one you need has a large applicator nozzle and a hopper on top spay at low pressure I think I sued 30 to 40 psi. You do get a lot of overspay and need to cover floors and use some form of respirator. once on this stuff will last for years. I used two gallons on a bambi so I imagine you will need three to four on yours. I did not take the old paint down to bare metal just sanded with 80 grid on an orbital. Good luck...

you can always just use a good quality house latex paint. P always choose a bathroom quality paint for the walls... washable....
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:02 AM   #4
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"Metal" was not the word I should have used - what I meant to say was: if the walls have a "covering" of some type, as I understand 70's trailers have, then you're going to have to remove it.
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Hi there! Turns out I'm the Zolatone Flex guy... I rolled it on the interior of my '72, on top of 3 coats of Kilz II. Didn't strip, just washed down everything well with citrus cleaner. Still working great, about a year and a half in. I've talked about the process in detail, check some of my other posts.
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so if im understanding this correct i need to remove all the vinyl wall covering off the aluminum inside before i paint with the zilatone
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Imho, if a good paint is applied over CLEAN and scuffed vinyl that is not already peeling, it will stick.

Bare metal as a starter surface is over rated, especially aluminum.


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I concur...IF the vinyl is securely adhered, you do not have to strip it off to get a good result over-spraying it with Zolatone. You will need to be sure the vinyl is as clean as possible, then prime it before jumping in with the Zolatone application. We did our '56 with the Type 20 AIM product several years ago and love it!

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Here's a link to our thread with the step-by-step process and a post with the list of materials & tools we used on our 22-footer.

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