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Old 05-22-2005, 08:50 PM   #1
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1959 CCD Caravanner

Took the week off to get some work done on the Caravanner. Stripping paint is the current task. Got rid of the HIDEOUS baby blue on everything but the front interior cap and the lower panels.

I am having to do the stripping in steps. First pass gets the big stuff off that includes two layers of Latex interior house paint that was applies with a trowel and most of the Zolotone. The last step is getting the residue off.

Low and behold the interior aluminum looks better then I would have ever guessed. So I shot some Argent Silver on the end cap to see what it would look like if I left it bare.The specs are some paint that still needs to be hit with a stripper.

We are now considering this as a possible way to go. I think I will hit it with a Scotch bright or 1200grit in one direction. I thing giving it a mat finish will make it match the paint better. It will also hide the numerous scratches from scraping all the paint off.

The pros are BIG savings in time with repainting. Hell I'm almost done and ready to start assembly if this is the final finish. This may well be a better long term finish It wont ever need to be painted again. It gets dirty and at worst is rube it down with a scotch bright pad.

Anyway give me your thoughts. Second picture shows the current state of the interior
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Old 05-22-2005, 11:39 PM   #2
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Do It! It'll look great, and you can always do something else later.

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Old 05-23-2005, 12:18 AM   #3
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I think it's a pretty good idea. Probably cheaper and faster than any other method of making it CCD-like, and you can always go back to - gasp - house paint if you decided you hate it later. Well done house paint is actually not too bad.

Glad to see you're still making progress. It's been a long road, but I'm cheering for ya!

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