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Old 04-14-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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how to prep for paint?

the interior of our mostly gutted 1960 Trade Wind is a mishmash of original zolotone, slapped on orange paint, and slapped on brown (see attached pics). i figure before we star rebuilding the interior i should prep for painting and likely get a coat of primer on there. what's the best way to prep/prime? i don't think we're going to use original zolotone- my wife thinks its too toxic, but its still TBD. thanks,
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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Aluminum should be painted with a good Zinc Chromate primer that will etch the surface. Best results will be starting with bare metal. If the original paint is there you can paint over that. Paints that don't have lead in them are only toxic while you are applying them but I would not eat any kind of paint.

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Old 04-14-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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thanks for the reply. starting on completely bare metal isn't really an option (not up for stripping the entire interior). but i figure i need to sand or something to get it ready?
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:06 PM   #4
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You wanting to paint with house paint or automotive paint?

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Old 04-14-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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I scrubbed and sanded and then chose an oil based high gloss interior paint from Lowes. Drying time was longer than usual, but it did the trick! You can see pics of the painting process on my blog, but you will have to scroll back through the postings. Have fun and post pics!
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:03 PM   #6
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Most likely house paint. Thanks for the blog link- will check that out
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:29 PM   #7
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Had great results spraying Krylon Fusion over the original coating after a good scrubbing and careful taping. That was almost 2 years ago and it has retained adhesion throughout. There are a number of colors available special order if your local hardware store doesn't have the shade you are looking for.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:04 AM   #8
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I would say use something like Kilz and roll it on and then roll your top coat on. It will be hard to cover that orange. The latext paints have gotten really good lately and they stick a lot better than they use to. I am tempted to tell you to use oil based primer and latex over that but a good latext primer/stain cover should work just about as well and since it won't be outside, it is not as big of a deal. Oil takes a long time to dry and it is a pain to clean up. The trailer will smell like solvents for a long time. Stripper is not cheap anymore either. Anythiun made of steel tends to rust under latext but most of what you are dealing with should be aluminum. I would sand any smooth surface. The plastic end caps are probably going to be the hardest to paint.

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:51 AM   #9
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Be careful what you ask for

This is what a previous owner did...again and again. Oil over Zolatone, latex over oil, more latex. Now add age and humidity to improper preps. It has been miserable getting it all off for a good paint...Zolatone (tell your wife to check the specs on it). Zolatone has is own primer, NOT Kiltz.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:53 AM   #10
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I can't speak to painting Zolatone, but in our '72, we used Bondz oil based primer, and then a good latex exterior house paint, 2 coats. I did some extensive reading prior to choosing that method. The most important thing everyone I read recommends is to have a very very very clean surface, well rinsed. We had taken out our inner skins, so I scrubbed them with a brush on the ground, then rinsed well. Once we re-installed them, I washed and rinsed again before painting. 3 winter/summer cycles so far and no problems. Time will tell....

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