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Old 07-09-2010, 09:59 AM   #1
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Paint instead of decal?

I've removed the blue decal and pin striping down the length of our '81 Excella II and I'm wondering if anyone has had that area repainted. I have a sign shop that will cut a new decal the length and width I need but I guess I'm curious about painting it so I don't have to worry about wrinkles and cracks in the decal over time. I guess either way - paint or deal - there will be issues down the road with fading and such. Just curious if anyone had any suggestions or advice regarding paint vs. decal. I'm not a purist and don't plan on matching the original blue pattern or even the blue color - kinda want a black theme so it matches my truck.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:53 PM   #2
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I have a similar model, and have the same question, so will watch this thread with interest. I am leaning toward paint over the decal.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:58 PM   #3
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To paint aluminum correctly, you'll need to apply an etching primer first. Use a little bit of soap and water with you new striping and it'll go on smooth.

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Old 07-09-2010, 03:17 PM   #4
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painting aluminum.

If you want the paint tp not peel, then sand the metal with 120 to 150 grit sandpaper. Sand, not scuff.

Apply a good epoxy primer.

Wait a day, then apply the color paint.

For a final gloss, apply a couple of coats of clear, over the color.

That procedure, will make the good paint last, at worst,only 35 years, or so.

NO ACID, EVER. No etching paints, as they won't stay on very long.

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Old 07-09-2010, 04:07 PM   #5
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You better use Dupont Variprime which is a self etching primer, it will stick to the aluminum better than the thick epoxy primers. A half hour after you prime just paint with a polyurethane paint and your done.
You can go to an autobody supply store and they will explain what you can use and do.
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You better use Dupont Variprime which is a self etching primer, it will stick to the aluminum better than the thick epoxy primers. A half hour after you prime just paint with a polyurethane paint and your done.
You can go to an autobody supply store and they will explain what you can use and do.
r carl, is it necessary to sand the alluminum, or does the self etching primer take its place?
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Waiting to see conclusion ,paint shop told me I needed the etching primer.Dave
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Waiting to see conclusion ,paint shop told me I needed the etching primer.Dave
No acid of any kind, ever, to an Airstream, not even an etching type.

Paint shops don't paint Airstreams, or aluminum.

We have for over 40 years, until we gave it up recently because of restrictions and new laws.

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r carl, is it necessary to sand the alluminum, or does the self etching primer take its place?
I paint a lot of aluminum and it usually sanded. In your case you will want to sand off the old blue stripe with 220 grit or finer sandpaper and then prime it with VariPrime. Imron paint is about the best, but for a cheap paint, Nason ful-thane holds up really well.
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Does anyone have the paint color code?

When I was at the factory someone told me it's a "Ford" blue. This was not a factory employee just another ASer at the event.

Thanks,

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That would be the old ford blue.
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