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Old 03-06-2004, 02:30 PM   #1
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I have only seen one Airstream that was professionally spray painted silver. It was at the Region 3 Mother's Day Rally2002. I couldn't tell that this unit had been painted until I was told and then I did an up close inspection. You could no longer see the "grain" in the metal and the finish had a nice shine. Canam does this finish for the same price as a clearcoat finish. Has anyone here had theirs painted?
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Greetings Tarheel!

I have seen at least four Airstreams that have been painted. While I chose to have my Overlander polished/Plasticoated; I had an estimate from a quality bodyshop for a professional repaint that would have been within $250 of the final cost of my polish/Plasticoat. The one advantage that you have in having an Airstream painted over an Argosy is that you don't have to deal with the galvanized steel endcaps. Since the entire coach is aluminum, it is a question of using the preparation and paint system designed for aluminum. I have heard good reports about the painting processes used by both CanAm and Inland RV.

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The Plasticoat on mine has failed in several places. Its not all that bad but it does sometimes bother me. The PO had two small damaged areas on the rear, both in the same place on opposite sides. They are small creases not all that noticable to anyone else but to me they look horrible. They are in the panels that house the signal lamps and I have been told that the repair is to replace the panels. I have only recieved one estimate and that was to the tune on $1000 each. Bondo and paint really didn't seem all that bad. I thought that I would have backed over something before now and that when I did I would have the repair made. Thankfully that hasn't happened but the wrinkle is still there. It doesn't bother me as much as it used to but one day I would like to see it go away.
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