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Old 07-03-2007, 09:44 PM   #1
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Hello All:

I have been floating around these informative forums since purchasing our 1985 Sovereign last year. What I have learned here has been invaluable, and has saved me hours of trial and error. I thank you.

I also have a question. My Airstream is currently in the shop having the roof re-clear coated. I purchased a gallon of the Airstream Plasticoat, and it came with a separate solvent to be mixed with it. It didn't come with any instructions from Airstream.

My question is this: Does anyone know the mix ratio of the solvent and Plasticoat? Or, is there a PDF file I can download. The gentleman shooting my trailer is patiently awaiting my answer, and my local store is closed.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-03-2007, 09:51 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

I don't know the answer to your question, but I'm sure that a member with knowledge in that area will respond.
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:57 PM   #3
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Hi and Welcome to the forums. I dont know the answer either, but just wanted to say Hi.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:15 PM   #4
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My question is this: Does anyone know the mix ratio of the solvent and Plasticoat? Or, is there a PDF file I can download. The gentleman shooting my trailer is patiently awaiting my answer, and my local store is closed.

Thanks in advance.

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Phil. since it's a holiday, most of the people that can answer your question won't be online. It would be a good idea if you don't have an answer soon, to bump this thread Friday, when the service center and paint people are here.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:26 PM   #5
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I don't know what year they started painting the rooftops white -- I'd be guessing to say sometime in the 1990s. White roofs reflect heat better and are probably more durable if painted. You'd have to check some recent Airstreams to see how the white is far enough up that it can't be seen even if standing a distance away (assuming a flat surface)

It sounds like you're ready to run with your project and it would probably work out as well as the original clearcoat -- you're doing fine if you proceed. I don't know of anybody who's worked with such a product except maybe Inland RV's Andy -- I can't predict when he'll check in over or after the holiday.
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Old 07-03-2007, 11:49 PM   #6
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are you talking about plas t cote a trademarked name roof coating normally applied with a brush or roller? that product can be thinned with mineral spirits(no more then absolutely nessary. I've never heard of anyone spraying it on? the white runs from d/s top seam on sidewall to awning rail on p/s.
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:00 AM   #7
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Thanks...

Hello All:

I was able to get a hold of my Airstream dealer tonight...at home, no less. I explained my predicament, and I apologized profusely for the after hours call.

Although he didn't know off the top of his head the mix ratio, he was happy to run to his Airstream Dealership and fax me the necessary reference guide. I asked him not to, as I was simply hoping he would know the ratio, but he insisted.

This was after 8:00p here. I owe him a big lunch, to say the least. The truth is I buy everything I need from this dealer, from Honda generators, to Plasticote, to all service work. I only wish they could have done the Plasticote for me. Regardless, they are the best...!

Since I purchased my Airstream, this is the kind of attitude I have been experiencing from all AS people. From enthusiast to AD, the comradeship is beyond impressive.

So there you have it. If anyone needs the mix ratio instructions for Airstream's Plasticote, please feel free to ask. I will be happy to pass them along.

Also, thanks for the welcome, everyone. I will now resume my floating around of this wonderful site.

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Old 07-05-2007, 04:57 PM   #8
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Hello All:

I have been floating around these informative forums since purchasing our 1985 Sovereign last year. What I have learned here has been invaluable, and has saved me hours of trial and error. I thank you.

I also have a question. My Airstream is currently in the shop having the roof re-clear coated. I purchased a gallon of the Airstream Plasticoat, and it came with a separate solvent to be mixed with it. It didn't come with any instructions from Airstream.

My question is this: Does anyone know the mix ratio of the solvent and Plasticoat? Or, is there a PDF file I can download. The gentleman shooting my trailer is patiently awaiting my answer, and my local store is closed.

Thanks in advance.

Peace,

Phil
Phil.

Recoating just the top of the trailer, solves only a part of the paint problem.

Plasticoat lasts from 3 to 5 years.

Therefore the paint on your Airstream has been shot for over 15 years.

It peels from the roof first, as always.

What you will find, is that the sides will also start to peel, as that paint is dead too.

It is much more practical to recoat the entire trailer, and be done with it.

The paint mix is two parts paint to one part thinner.

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Old 07-05-2007, 06:16 PM   #9
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Hi Phil,

Welcome to the forums. Iím glad you got your answer. How about some photos?

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....well Heck I knew there was a clear coat Thought it was laquer because my trumpet had a similar coating on it...I would like to further this by asking what is the idea wax for airstreams with their coating still in tact? ...Jonybgood
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....well Heck I knew there was a clear coat Thought it was laquer because my trumpet had a similar coating on it...I would like to further this by asking what is the idea wax for airstreams with their coating still in tact? ...Jonybgood
Airstream suggested for 30 plus years, "Walbernize."

However, apply it over "known" dead paint, is an absolute waste of time and money, since it won't help the paint that is already dead.

Like giving a dead animal some medicine. NOT!!

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