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Old 02-01-2010, 08:03 PM   #661
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hmmmm yeah so I thought if I waited until dark and used a flash it would work but its still wet, so it still has a shean, so colors aren't remotely close, but you can get a sense of the texture and the size of the flecks (note the rivet head for scale).

Shine is actually a very bright white (shows in the photo as a gunmetal gray for some reason), the darker gray flecks show pretty much as gray and the bright flecks in the photo are the tan flecks. Again colors are all wrong, but the best I could do until it dries and I can unearth the windows for natural light.
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Is this what we are looking at?

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Old 02-01-2010, 08:13 PM   #663
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:22 PM   #664
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I'm still trying to decide if I want to zolatone the entry door interior or strip it and polish it so it matches when open. I really like the door-within-a-door's when they match the trailer when open, but the door itself is pretty historic too. Have the materials either way.
My vote is for the strip and polish, but that's probably because I selfishly want you to suffer the same fate I did.

Honestly though, the zolatone looks fantastic. I know you've been trying to get to this point for months and I'm sure it feels great to be here.

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My vote is for the strip and polish, but that's probably because I selfishly want you to suffer the same fate I did.


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Old 02-02-2010, 02:10 PM   #666
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One thing I should mention:

I got my zolatone from TCPGlobal out of California (tcpglobal.com), (Tri-City Paints). They were about 40 bucks a gallon cheaper than our local paint suppliers. Our local guys don't stock it, said it doesn't hold on the shelf at all.

When I received my paint from TCP I noticed most of the material was in a black can with a newer logo than the last gallon (which had a blue on white label).

I opened the can and here is what I found. TCP asked me for a couple pictures and without issue expressed me out a replacement. Good folks to work with and can't beat the prices.

Guess something in the zolatone eats at the inside of the can, which means after a few months it resembles campbell's soup

moral of the story, check the date stamp on the paint or make the shop open it before you buy.
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That's why I bought a soda blaster!
When you used the soda blaster, what kind of surface was left on the aluminum? I've stripped the whole interior of my 56 FC and want a soft shine, not a mirror finish. I would like something like a brushed finish. Does the soda blasting leave that kind of finish?
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Wally I do not have a soda blaster, but a sand blaster can be used with many different media. By experimenting with the right hardness of shot you could actually frost the surface.
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Wally,

I will get a picture of what happens. It actually will not be a mirror shine after soda blasting. More of a muted or frosted look. I used fine grit media on it. I still could polish the interior after that, but have decided that zolatone is likely for my entire interior.

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Rain, rain go away!! I want to get this finish coat on, things look good but aren't quite even enough for me, so one more coat. Still have a little over a gallon of material, but it has rained every day since Monday. Am using some of my time to start cleaning up light fixtures and a few misc. parts that need zolatone anyway, will set those up on blocks on the floor to spray on my way out. Itching to get all that paper and masking tape up though!
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The weather broke, the zolatone showed up, and I got the last coat of zolatone on. I pulled the paper etc. I have a little touch up here and there to do before starting the reassembly, but overall pleased with the result. It sure brightens things up and smooths things out.

Took these on my cell phone, not the greatest. Hopefully when Wally gets back he can get some better texture images with his fancy camera.
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Congrats

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Congratulations. That must feel great. What's next?

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Looking good!

I know it's hard to get good shots of a recent Zolatone shot.. but it looks good from here!! feels good right?

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Well first I have to let everything dry out, and aired out. That's why I pulled the paper, was to get all that wet stuff out of there. Next, presuming the weather is good I'm going to finish checking rivets and sealing seams on the exterior (I have it covered in the meantime).

Also plan to get the tub gelcoated so that the toilet tank and tub can get reinstalled, get lights back up, then will move onto finishing the floor work and getting tile in.

And yes it feels great to be past the mouse crap, rotten wood, stripping paint stage.
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Well first I have to let everything dry out, and aired out. That's why I pulled the paper, was to get all that wet stuff out of there. Next, presuming the weather is good I'm going to finish checking rivets and sealing seams on the exterior (I have it covered in the meantime).

Also plan to get the tub gelcoated so that the toilet tank and tub can get reinstalled, get lights back up, then will move onto finishing the floor work and getting tile in.

And yes it feels great to be past the mouse crap, rotten wood, stripping paint stage.
Scott-- I know you're trying to keep as close to original as possible. What flooring have you chosen?

And congrats on finishing up the zolatone. I understand how big this milestone is for you.

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Thanks Marcus, I'm going with a tan Armstrong glue down tile that matches as close as I can find to the stock tile. My plan after finishing all my sealing etc is to put down a 1/4 plywood underlayment, overlapping the plywood seams by 2 feet each so they don't transfer through the tile, then tile over that. I'd like to cut the tiles down to the original size but everyone I've talked to has said it would be real tough to cut that quantity of tile and get good square tiles with nice edges on them, so I may stay 12x12
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Thanks Marcus, I'm going with a tan Armstrong glue down tile that matches as close as I can find to the stock tile. My plan after finishing all my sealing etc is to put down a 1/4 plywood underlayment, overlapping the plywood seams by 2 feet each so they don't transfer through the tile, then tile over that. I'd like to cut the tiles down to the original size but everyone I've talked to has said it would be real tough to cut that quantity of tile and get good square tiles with nice edges on them, so I may stay 12x12
Yes, I can only imagine that it would be tough to cut them down to original specs (9x9 is it?). But, there are those who have done it successfully, and documented it.

I just used 12x12 Armstrong VCT, and they match the original "look and feel" pretty closely. I'm really happy with the floor, and it's now been almost a year since I installed it.
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oooh do tell, did a few searches and snooping around but haven't run across any threads showing how they did it and the end result. Any leads on which threads?
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oooh do tell, did a few searches and snooping around but haven't run across any threads showing how they did it and the end result. Any leads on which threads?
I've seen them in my various "research" endeavors or, at least one thread. I'll try to see if I can turn it up. It was definitely here on the AirForums.

I'll check and report back here with any findings. No doubt it would be tough to keep them square, but it would also be a very cool trick to pull off successfully.
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Thanks, I read one thread that talked about doing it but haven't seen anyone who has yet (but am interested to know how). I found this awhile back, but worry it would leave poor qality edge since no doubt cuts with this would be up against a wall etc.

vct tile cutter: ROBERTS

If there were a special blade to cut with a table saw or tile saw a fence could create a pretty square tile too, and maybe a clean edge?
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