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Old 02-16-2008, 12:26 PM   #1
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Best color paint for '67 frame, bumper, tongue?

I am obviously quite bad at the search function, but I looked all over the place and figured out that my 67 Safari prolly needs POR-15 in a bad way to arrest the rust on her frame/tongue/bumper.

What I haven't been able to discern is what is the best color to paint over the POR-15? Looks like newer ASs have black tongues, but Andy mentioned some charcoal gray and polished aluminum.

I'd love to see a photo or two of a vintage AS with new paint on the tongue/frame to help me decide what color to go with. I don't necessarily care about the color being original. I just want it to look good.

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Old 02-16-2008, 12:30 PM   #2
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POR makes a silver top coat that looks really nice.

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Old 02-16-2008, 12:38 PM   #3
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POR makes a silver top coat that looks really nice.

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Yes, it is called "Stirling Silver" . Looks good and is tough as nails.
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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POR also has a paint ( topcoat ) that is supposed to have a machined metal finish... for a little contrast.

I have ordered it. I am hoping that it has a bluish-charcoal appearance.... if not... there is always a plan B.

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Old 02-17-2008, 01:43 PM   #5
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POR makes a silver top coat that looks really nice.

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Agree.
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The silver topcoat is really expensive, but if you're game I'll split a pint with you! It's $27.00 and I'll pay you up front, if you're interested.

The grey POR15 with Sterling Silver looks awesome. I have it on my tongue (bleeagh) and I put it on the wheels, I'll take some pictures and post them on my Flickr account later today. I have pictures of just the POR15 on the tongue, but none with the Stirling Silver on top. I"ll be back on later.
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Yep! Stirling Silver is the one.
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:22 PM   #8
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Whatever topcoat I buy, I think I'm gonna need it all. I've got a lovely rusty hue all the way from the tongue and crank back along the frame to the bumper. Another issue is that I'm under 3 feet of snow here, so I can't tow it home from its storage slot to do the work. I either get to undertake it on vacation April 1-12 (maybe in a Wal-Mart parking lot ... evil snicker) or wait until snowmelt here (May?)

Thanks, all! Anxiously awaiting photos ...
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If you like the color of the bottoms of the newer Airstreams, Sears Toolbox Grey is very very close to the color. It is available in spray and pint cans.
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:33 PM   #10
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Yep! Stirling Silver is the one.
Okay, so I take photos of my tongue and bumper. That's not weird, is it?
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:36 PM   #11
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Okay, so I take photos of my tongue and bumper. That's not weird, is it?
Umm, no.
Now, if it was your TRAILER's tongue and bumper, that would be a whole 'nuther tube of vulkem...
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:47 PM   #12
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One pint goes a long way...
Did you use one pint to paint the whole frame, or just the tongue and bumper?

Thanks, it looks fab! Stella isn't as shiny as yours, but I think that color would go a long way toward making her look spiffy.

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Did you use one pint to paint the whole frame, or just the tongue and bumper?

Thanks, it looks fab! Stella isn't as shiny as yours, but I think that color would go a long way toward making her look spiffy.

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Only the bumber and front exposed frame members. I did repaint the frame inside the belly pan, but black.

The por-15 (sterling silver) has a nice (dull) satin finish. I did the metallic silver spray can thing for few years before getting around to doing it the right way.

Of course, the paint job is only as good as the prep of the surface material and that is most important to spend time on. The por-15 brushes on very well and smoothes out to a flat finish. Helps me to read to directions a few times.
I still have half a pint left after the work was done...so it does not take much paint.
VTS was my source.
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