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Old 01-12-2008, 07:56 AM   #1
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Banana wrap repair

The front banana wrap on my 74 Am did not polish well because of pits,scratches etc. I'm thinking removing them and having truck bed liner sprayed on the exterior. I understand that different colors are available I'm thinking gray. Seems like this would hold up good to flying rocks etc.

Has anyone done this or are there any ideas why I should not do it?
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Old 01-12-2008, 08:29 AM   #2
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You could do it without removing them using a roll on bed-liner. That way you'll have some left over product for touch up. You should put a UV protector on it a couple times a year to keep it from fading. Good luck with your project...

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Old 01-12-2008, 08:33 AM   #3
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The front banana wrap on my 74 Am did not polish well because of pits,scratches etc. I'm thinking removing them and having truck bed liner sprayed on the exterior. I understand that different colors are available I'm thinking gray. Seems like this would hold up good to flying rocks etc.

Has anyone done this or are there any ideas why I should not do it?
It's probably going to work fine, if you prep the metal properly so it won't peel after a while. I would do the entire lower circumference, though. Just doing the front would look funky, in my opinion. Remove the lowest molding all the way around, and make the center of that your border. Newer trailers are painted grey in those areas, and in my opinion look good.
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Old 01-12-2008, 08:41 AM   #4
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I dont want to high-jak a thread,but I needed to repaint the tongue and bannna wrap(front) and the rear frame area But Airstream says they never painted with a grey or bluegrey. But I have seen them painted ,mine is, any help with a paint number ? Ihave used the search funtion here NO LUCK
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I dont want to high-jak a thread,but I needed to repaint the tongue and bannna wrap(front) and the rear frame area But Airstream says they never painted with a grey or bluegrey. But I have seen them painted ,mine is, any help with a paint number ? Ihave used the search funtion here NO LUCK
I have seen them painted, too. All newer trailer have this paint. It looks to be a dark grey. Ask a diferent Airstream dealer. If that doesn't work, can you remove a piece from the trailer that has the paint on it and drag it down to the local paint store? At the very least they might be able to identify the color code.
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:59 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice Gary. I have to remove them anyway to repair some of the dents and I will likely apply the liner myself. As for preping the metal, what do you suggest?
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Old 01-12-2008, 03:42 PM   #7
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Thanks, I have a couple more rocks in my pocket to throw in the pond before I disassemble something to get a paint number. I think ShermanWilliams has some kind of light spectrum analizer they use that gives them the right color match.
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Old 01-12-2008, 04:48 PM   #8
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If the wraps are completly removed, acid etch with alumiprep, water rinse, alodine, water rinse, don't touch with bare hands, air dry, epoxy prime, and apply the finish of your choice within 48 hours of priming.
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:21 PM   #9
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We have painted the banana wraps on several trailers. You can get the paint from the factory retail store in Jackson Center, OH, or online. Since you are in Trotwood (we are in Spfld), you could drive up and get it. They are open until 4:30 monday thru friday, or they could ship it, or you could order it from the website. expensive. It does look good finished.
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:26 PM   #10
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If you are going to take them off, you are welcome to bring them up and try your hand at fixing them on our english wheel or plenishing hammer(?sp). We have done this and they look brand new minus polishing and paint. Just a lot of labor taking them off and putting them on.
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P&S trailer refinishing in Helena, Ohio uses some kind of resilent gray/silver undercoating on the front of the old trailer they polish. It looks pretty good and stays in place for a long time. Maybe they would sell you some. 419-638-6261. Web address www.pondstrailerservice.com
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