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Old 06-14-2015, 07:16 PM   #1
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Excella Blue Trim Stripes

The blue decal trim strips that run the length of my trailer are faded and cracked. Has anybody tried masking and spraying with aerosol spray paint to freshen them up? What do you think?

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Old 07-13-2015, 08:45 AM   #2
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I'm looking at a similar job on my '89 Excella, and spent this morning cobbling together a plan. Figured I'd share on this thread and ask some questions in hopes it'll help your project, too, Marshall.

As a newbie, I'm gonna use the propane cover as my 'guinea pig' before I move on to doing the rest of the trailer. There're two colors, a darker and a lighter blue. It's hard to see, but there are silver stripes between the blue stripes, too.

Here's my plan thus far:

1) Pull off samples of the old vinyl and tape them to a piece of paper so I have a 'reference board' to take to the hardware store and for posterity.

2) Remove the old stripes using a drill and a magic eraser wheel: AES Industries 4" Smart Eraser Pad with Drill Adaptor Arbor: Home Improvement

3) Remove the clearcoat using Citristrip

4) Polish the aluminum (steps detailed in other posts and on YouTube)

5) Paint the fat blue stripe by hand using quality blue masking tape, a suitable Rust-oleum color, and a brush and/or small roller. (I'm painting this stripe because the wider vinyl material is expensive, and because I also want to paint the negative space in the 'Excella' logo plate. I'm planning to use brush-on paint because less masking would be involved.)

6) Use vinyl pinstriping material for the other stripes. This place has free color samples and can produce any size of stripe, in 1/8" increments. (Useful because this stripe pattern involves stripes in the following widths: 1/8, 7/8, and 1.)

7) Use a Dremel, toothbrush, maybe some Citristrip, etc. to clean up negative space in the logo plate. Paint it using a brush, and then use an orbital sander and fine-grit paper to reveal the flat letter faces.

Some questions:

a) Should I prime, or otherwise prep the surface (Acetone?), before painting the fat blue stripe?

b) Am I likely to get a good edge using blue painter's tape? Any tricks?

c) Should I lacquer or otherwise topcoat the cast aluminum logo place once it's complete?

d) Any other feedback on this plan?
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Old 07-20-2015, 07:30 AM   #3
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I still haven't redone my stripes yet - waiting for my Magic Eraser pad to arrive from Amazon - but I managed to put together a palette that's pretty darn close to the original. Here's the key stuff:

Two paint options from Lowe's, both based on a custom color match of a sample of the vinyl stripe:
Glidden 654215306985 (base GL7113 premium hi-gloss; colorant OZ 384Th; EL 2 20; KXL 1 291; LL 0 71)
Behr 654215306980 (base 8300 pp int/est hi-gloss; colorant )Z 384Th; DL 0 20; EL 1 255; KXL 1 87; LL 0 20)
Also, this stripe color from is the closest: 96 Olympic Blue (non-premium color, 6-8 year outdoor life)
This stripe is a touch darker but would also work: 1016 Olympic Blue (and is a premium color with a 9-12 year life)

I opted for paint (instead of vinyl) for the light blue stripe, choosing RustOleum latex aluminum primer and the Glidden custom color paint. With both the primer and the topcoat being latex, I also bought some Frog Tape, the green tape coated with a chemical that absorbs latex, promising a really clean edge. I'm anxious to see how it looks in practice!

1018 Vivid Blue (premium)

2049 Silver Metallic (premium)

Hope this helps. I'll post photos as the project progresses, and hope you do the same!
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:02 PM   #4
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Interested into how it turned out.
I just got a 1991 Excella. The stripes are a project down the road for me, but it is something I think about. I like your idea.
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:19 AM   #5
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Well, I bought all the supplies, but then got sidetracked by interior renovation (well, and a move between houses). Hope to get back to the exterior in a month or two, after the dust settles! Will post the result --
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:38 AM   #6
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Just wondering if you finished your project yet and how it came out? I need to do something with my exterior strip.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:41 AM   #7
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Unfortunately, this project is still on my backlog. I'll post during/after photos when I get it done, though!
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Old 05-28-2016, 04:33 PM   #8
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ID:	263398I just finished removing all of my stripes from my 1996 Excella. I used Klean Strip Aircraft paint remover and it worked great. I applied it to the stripes in about 6' sections, let it dwell for about 15 minutes and scraped off the stripes with a plastic putty knife, I then reinced the area with clean water and washed with soap and water. I used paint thinner to remove any residue and rinsed again. Now I'm ready to tackle the clear coat.
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