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Old 01-30-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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Anyone have success Painting banana black/ gray as upgrade to look newer?

I'm considering the idea, BUT seems like painting black/ gray over the silver aluminum is setting the stage for a potential ugly banana if it gets hit with rocks and debris and chips off to show silver through it.

Am I too paranoid? Will a good paint and clear hold up well and be a welcome upgrade?

I've you've done it, I'd love to hear how its holding up, the products you used, the method of application. Did you strip the clear, powerwash, sandblast, prime, clear?

How about the rubberized undercoating stuff?

Any input welcomed.


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Old 01-30-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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I used Wurth automotive stone guard spray first. This is the type of product used on European cars on lower rocker panels. Then painted and cleared with automotive paint. Looks good. Have yet to hit the road though. Still under construction.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:02 AM   #3
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All the Argosy models had the banana wraps painted and it held up OK.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:42 AM   #4
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My 81 Excella II has the wraps painted a Charcoal Metallic Gray color and the corner wraps are plastic. This was from the factory.

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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Here's my two cents worth of info. Most automotive places have this now. Comes in a spray can and cost about 22 bucks. Called BULLDOG ADHESION PROMOTER. Before you apply anything- read the directions and spray two light coats of it with five minutes in between coats ...This is great stuff. Wear a breather mask as it will make you a little dizzy. We use it all the time.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:22 AM   #6
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I painted the wrap on my 1076 31" sovereign after I striped the clear coat back in 2000. I used the metallic black spray paint that I found at Home depot. No special paint or prep. Just taped of the trim and painted it. No problem. From time to time I would touch it up a little as needed but it lasted until I had my trailer polished and clear coated in early2012. At that time they applied the Airstream black paint to the wrap and A frame. Here is a picture of how it looks today.

I have since added the front Segment Protectors from Airstream which come with the black wrap so it matched perfectly. I just don't have a picture of this.

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:47 AM   #7
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Full explanation of how my paint job was done in post #466 and #476 of my main thread, here:

Good luck,

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:00 PM   #8
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Good stuff guys- keep 'em coming!

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