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Old 09-04-2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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Question Gray Touch-up Paint Won't Dry

Anybody know about or have you had the problem? I bought a can of Touch Up Pewter Gray #360260-100 paint from Airstream. The door step on my Bambi had some rust spots and nicks along the track where the rod is. So I took it off, sanded it down then primed it with Rust-Oleum Automotive primer. After it dried, I touched it up with steel wool in a few spots then sprayed the Airstream paint on. That was last Sunday afternoon. Today, (Friday), it still is a little tacky and soft. I had it outside when I painted it and moved it into and hung it up in my tool shed. It hasn't rained here. BTW I shook the can for about 3 minutes before using it.

What gives? I have never had this problem before.

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Old 09-04-2009, 07:16 PM   #2
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I think the stuff is just crappy paint. I bought three cans from an Airstream dealer. The paint is thin with little solids and you're right it stays tacky. I cleaned what I sprayed off went to the big box store and found some Rustoleum that was much better and a good match.
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:54 PM   #3
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Was it foggy? High humidity will slow drying. Did you clean the area with a solvent? what kind?
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:49 PM   #4
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No fog. It has been clear. Hot and dry. I cleaned it with liquid sandpaper.

Honestly, I've done this stuff a lot and never had this problem. I also painted the steel bars for my Equalizer right after and they dried completely. I used Rust-Oleum Gloss Black.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:51 PM   #5
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You folks on this thread have newer rigs than our 1984 but maybe this will help. But maybe your paint color is different...

I found Rustoleum #244228 "Metallic Charcoal" to be a perfect match to the dark frame and tounge paint on ours. I bought the paint in spray cans at Wallyworld. It's held up really well over two camping seasons.

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Old 10-01-2009, 04:17 PM   #6
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Try applying a little bit of heat to it using a hair dryer or heat lamp. Not too much or it might peel.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:54 AM   #7
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I had the same problem with the airstream pewter grey paint. The paint got tackier as the day warmed but felt dry in the cool mornings. It eventually dried after several weeks.
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OLD paint - it just gets that way sometimes.

I agree, buy the Rustoleum at the big box store - it has a fast turnover so you're always getting new paint.

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Old 10-07-2009, 11:57 AM   #9
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The correct Airstream charcoal metallic paint for the underbelly, is Dupont # B8270.

Depending on where you live, Dupont offers that color paint in different types.

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Check back with your dealer. I had the same problem and C&G Trailer replaced mine.

They called Airstream and they had a bad batch of paint. I will try the Rustoleum in the future. The cost is probably less. Thanks for the tip.
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What color finish paint? Going to paint the front part of hook-up, LPG tanks, frame, etc. Will scrape and then kill the rust with phosphoric acid. Rinse and prime with grey primer. What color for the finsih coat? Aluminum or silver? Use big orange box since it is 2 miles from my house. Thanks. Jack
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What color finish paint? Going to paint the front part of hook-up, LPG tanks, frame, etc. Will scrape and then kill the rust with phosphoric acid. Rinse and prime with grey primer. What color for the finsih coat? Aluminum or silver? Use big orange box since it is 2 miles from my house. Thanks. Jack
Use "metallic silver" paint.

Then, apply a couple of coats of a good clear on top of that.

That then will last many years.

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Is there any newer opinions on grey touch up for framework, bumper support frame?
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:08 PM   #14
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Paint color for frame

Been looking for awhile. Decided to try Rustoleum 7784-830 Charcoal gloss. Had to order it so will let you know.
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