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Old 01-02-2005, 10:33 AM   #1
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Dear Forum Members, Just picked up a 1976 22' Argosy with rusting end caps. I need the color codes for the Beige paint and any advice on how to treat the rust spots and prime for painting. The rest of the paint looks good. Sincerely Rayone
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Ray, welcome to AS and ArgosyForums!

Various threads exist on this subject. overlander64 has listed the actual paint codes and I don't know why I haven't saved the thread link. He might chime in if this thread stays alive for any period. Are you really going to use automotive paint?

I took all lights and the Argosy name plates off the end cap. I don't think it would have been possible doing anything else. We have a large fleet supply chain with a good trailer section. I found perfect matches for the light sets -- orange on front and red on back. If that's what you need to do, cut the wires closest to the old lights and leave the wires sticking out of the end cap. Lights are also available through other sources.

I followed advice not to use abrasives where effective galvanizing might be removed. I used a utility knife to scrape undermined paint away from rust areas. Built up rust certainly was debulked at the same time. Use your judgement in this area.

Following advice from InlandRV's Andy, I found an acid rust remover and used that to chemically clean the rust areas (follow the instructions). Keep it off areas you won't repaint -- I have some discoloration from over-application. Rinse that off well and let it dry completely. Use an epoxy spray primer. This will stabilize and secure the surface. Apply your final paint. I tested several brands and found Valspar has an almond spray can that let me get close for now.
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Color Codes for a 1976 Argosy 22'

Greetings Ray!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Argosy ownership!

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Dear Forum Members, Just picked up a 1976 22' Argosy with rusting end caps. I need the color codes for the Beige paint and any advice on how to treat the rust spots and prime for painting. The rest of the paint looks good. Sincerely Rayone
I have the color code/cross-reference information that was posted by Charlie Burke (a Vintage Friendly Airstream dealership employee who also is (was?) an Argosy owner). The information is quoted below:

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The original colors were provided by Lilly Industrial Coatings. In 1988 Airstream published a list of Dupont Centari substitute numbers. Based on that list the Argosy colors through 1977 were:

Upper--Light Beige 44534-A
Lower--Metallic Brown 44721-AM
The light beige seems to be rather consistent for the upper panels of the Argosy line at least through 1978 - - the 1979 seems to be much lighter (closer to a colonial white or bisquit). The Metallic Brown in my experience is close for most years (where the banana wrap was a shade of brown) other than 1978 when the original lower banana wrap color was more of a copper/burnt orange metallic.

The scan below is of the page from the 1976 Argosy sales brochure featuring the Argosy 22 floorplans. If your coach happens to be the "Rear Door Model", it among the more unusual Argosies as it was an Argosy unique floorplan that was not tried in Airstreams (was evidently used for less than four years in the Argosy line between the Argosy 22 and Argosy 24).



Good luck with your coach!

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Greetings Kevin, Thanks so much for the information that you sent about the paint codes and the page from the 1976 Argosy brochure. I have the front door coach and am very pleased with the trailer so far. It sure is nice to know you guys are out there for us Newbys. Sincerely Ray
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Greetings Ray!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Argosy ownership!



I have the color code/cross-reference information that was posted by Charlie Burke (a Vintage Friendly Airstream dealership employee who also is (was?) an Argosy owner). The information is quoted below:



The light beige seems to be rather consistent for the upper panels of the Argosy line at least through 1978 - - the 1979 seems to be much lighter (closer to a colonial white or bisquit). The Metallic Brown in my experience is close for most years (where the banana wrap was a shade of brown) other than 1978 when the original lower banana wrap color was more of a copper/burnt orange metallic.

The scan below is of the page from the 1976 Argosy sales brochure featuring the Argosy 22 floorplans. If your coach happens to be the "Rear Door Model", it among the more unusual Argosies as it was an Argosy unique floorplan that was not tried in Airstreams (was evidently used for less than four years in the Argosy line between the Argosy 22 and Argosy 24).



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Dear Bob, Thanks for much for the advice on treating the front and rear end caps of my 22' Argosy. It is very nice that I can get some good advice from you guys. Sincerely Ray
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Ray, welcome to AS and ArgosyForums!

Various threads exist on this subject. overlander64 has listed the actual paint codes and I don't know why I haven't saved the thread link. He might chime in if this thread stays alive for any period. Are you really going to use automotive paint?

I took all lights and the Argosy name plates off the end cap. I don't think it would have been possible doing anything else. We have a large fleet supply chain with a good trailer section. I found perfect matches for the light sets -- orange on front and red on back. If that's what you need to do, cut the wires closest to the old lights and leave the wires sticking out of the end cap. Lights are also available through other sources.

I followed advice not to use abrasives where effective galvanizing might be removed. I used a utility knife to scrape undermined paint away from rust areas. Built up rust certainly was debulked at the same time. Use your judgement in this area.

Following advice from InlandRV's Andy, I found an acid rust remover and used that to chemically clean the rust areas (follow the instructions). Keep it off areas you won't repaint -- I have some discoloration from over-application. Rinse that off well and let it dry completely. Use an epoxy spray primer. This will stabilize and secure the surface. Apply your final paint. I tested several brands and found Valspar has an almond spray can that let me get close for now.
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Hi, we just painted our 1975, 22 ARGOSY and we used Chrysler 2006
COOL VANILLA color, it comes on the PT cruiser and 300 models.
Looks great!

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Rivet galvanized paint

they sell at home depot galvanizing paint. it is zinc enriched and goes on like a heavy primer. i would use it in small areas/critical parts to help preserve.

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Hello Im new to the forum and appreciate the info. Ive recently stripped all the paint off my 76 argosy down to bare alluminium and removed the banana wraps, currently in my basement getting banged out and filled. Id like to refinish in original colors or close. My napa dealer tells me the centari paint is banned in ontario, gone the way of good weed killers. Is there a close substitute from another paint manufacturer. thanks
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Hello Im new to the forum and appreciate the info. Ive recently stripped all the paint off my 76 argosy down to bare alluminium and removed the banana wraps, currently in my basement getting banged out and filled. Id like to refinish in original colors or close. My napa dealer tells me the centari paint is banned in ontario, gone the way of good weed killers. Is there a close substitute from another paint manufacturer. thanks
If you're stripped to metal, getting close should be fine. An automotive paint professional should have a comparable color in a base that's allowable in your region. Tiny differences are really only noteworthy if they're between adjacent panels on the same trailer, I'm sure any 2 Argosies parked side by side with original paint would be slightly different from the different amount and angle of sunlight they've been exposed to in their long lives.
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Thanks, I understand that that the bottom rail holding the larger insert is called the rub moulding? So, is the paint scheme one color down to the rub and the wrap is done in a metallic brown? or is there a two tone scheme down to the rub. Confused, thanks again
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On my '75, the "banana wrap" below the wide rub strip is painted brown, and all of the panels above that are the "light beige." I've seen nice trailers with custom paint jobs that have the area between the rub strip and the belt-line molding in a contrasting color, such as SmokelessJoe's beautiful '76.
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