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Old 12-26-2015, 01:38 PM   #1
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Below the Zolotone??

Hi there, I have a 67 Safari that I am doing over and just stripped the inside of the door. It is a Brass color which I did not expect.
I did a portion of the interior as well and found the same thing.
Does anybody have any info on this? I was planning on stripping the Zolotone and leaving the bright aluminum, but not sure what this is all about. I do like it with a hint of brass, but not sure if the whole interior is like this.
Has anybody done this, and how do you like it?
Any options?
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:21 PM   #2
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Looks like the zolotone was put on before rives also, so some zolotone is stuck behind rivets and looks bad.
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Old 12-03-2016, 10:39 AM   #3
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I just went through this exact thing. The copper color is adhesive and can also be removed, albeit a ton of work.
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I started with a wire brush on an angle grinder for the areas around rivets and used another attachment to strip the panel faces. I then went to 80 grit on a palm sander and finished with scotch bright on a polishing wheel. It is not "bright" but I think it looks really good. I could keep going to mirror, but, priorities..
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It is probably a surface treatment called Alodine that preps the surface for painting a promotes adhesion.

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Old 12-03-2016, 07:17 PM   #6
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Looks like the zolotone was put on before rives also, so some zolotone is stuck behind rivets and looks bad.
I think what you are describing is, as 'noahcomp' suggested, adhesive and what you are stripping off is actually a vinyl wallcovering that was adhered to the aluminum panel (vinyl-clad panel) before it was riveted into place. Zolatone is actually a multi-colored splatter paint product used in earlier trailers. It would have been applied after the panels were riveted in place so not "behind the rivets" as you stated. The vinyl covered panels started being used in Airstreams in 1966 prior they were painted with Zolatone.

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Old 12-07-2016, 05:01 PM   #7
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Brass color

Hi and thanks for the responses.
What I finally did was sand it off with some fine sandpaper. There is still some vinyl behind the rivets which I will try the wire wheel to get off.
I plan to polish the inside of the door when I do the exterior.
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