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Old 06-23-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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Looking for paint for 2006 AS frame

I have a 2006 Safari SE LS Front Bed (love it)!

The frame section near the hitch of my AS has some nasty scratches .

You know what AS I'm talking about. Does anyone here have a source for the correct brand and color of paint used by AS so that I can touch up these spots, or some advice as to what to do (or what not to do )?

Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 06-23-2008, 07:36 PM   #2
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I seem to remember the color is "Sears Toolbox Grey".
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:45 PM   #3
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Airhead,

Check with your AS dealer. They should sell, or can order for you, the hitch paint you need. It is a quality automotive that comes in a spray can...cost, about $15. There are two colors you can use. The color that should be on your AS is the 360260-100 Pewter Gray(non-metallic). You can also use a metallic paint, which I like better and ended up repainting my A-frame as well as my Hensley Hitch. The AS number and color is Dupont Metallic Gray. Part No. 360151-01.

If you have some rust, a rust neutralizer works well prior to painting. I use Extend rust neutralizer made by Loctite and it works good. There are plenty of other brands out there though.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:18 AM   #4
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Thank you. My concern was that the color/shade may be different year over year (trying to learn from my former mistakes). I have seen posts regarding frame paint on the forum, but for earlier years, so I thought I would ask.

Overlander63 mentioning Sears Toolbox Grey sounds spot (will check it out), but I will call the local AS dealer as well.

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I just bought two cans of the Airstream Grey from my dealer and they were $20.00 each. After spraying my Hensley, I don't like the quality of the paint. It doesn't seem to dry as hard as some enamels and it scratches easily. Buy another brand, you probably get better paint and spend a third as much.
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Just wanted to say the Airstream touch-up paint is so bad that I'll be stripping it and repainting the Hensley( a lot of work to do it over).I used Sikkens to paint my Land Rover and this stuff is junk.
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Just wanted to say the Airstream touch-up paint is so bad that I'll be stripping it and repainting the Hensley( a lot of work to do it over).
It wouldn't hurt so much if it was only a couple of bucks for a spray can, you can afford to repaint every year or two. $40 a year to touch up is a bit steep.
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I just bought two cans of the Airstream Grey from my dealer and they were $20.00 each. After spraying my Hensley, I don't like the quality of the paint. It doesn't seem to dry as hard as some enamels and it scratches easily. Buy another brand, you probably get better paint and spend a third as much.
I worked great for me. It's been on almost 2 years and still looks as good as when I first painted it. $20 is high though and I would certainly look for other options at that price. $15 was bad enough.
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Pretty good luck with paint color...

After purchasing our 2008 AS Safari 19, I noticed some scratches and spots of rust on the frame. The color AS used looked pretty close to a paint I had in my shop, so I tried it out. As it turned out, the color was nearly identical.

I used Benjamin Moore's Alkyd Ironclad Low Lustre Metal and Wood Enamel
(prevents rust, for int/ext application) Deep Bronze color #4956213.

I went ahead and used this paint on the inside of the rear bumper storage compartment and on the inside of the bumper itself.

This paint takes a little while to dry, but the final finish is hard and very durable. I have used it over the years to paint metal working machinery in my shop and have been quite happy with it.
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I have an older trailer (86) and the previous owner did all the grey with Duplicolor SUV Gunmetal Metallic. Looks good and is far cheaper than the Airstream paint. Don't know how close it would come with a newer trailer but you could make a cardboard "sample" and see if it works.

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