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Old 02-28-2023, 08:54 PM   #1
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Zolatone Flex paint…no longer available?

After stripping the permanently stained dreaded mouse fur from the interior walls of the front bedroom in our 2005 Bunkhouse, we’re left with not-so-nice interior aluminum walls…etched from the adhesive used. The plan was to use the roll-on Zolatone Flex Pearl paint. So the search to find a distributor to obtain some samples ensued. After Google failed to yield any working phone numbers for Zolatone, I finally spoke with a former distributor who delivered the news…apparently Zolatone interior paints closed down operations in the Fall of 2022…
Has anyone else heard similarly? I see the Zolatone Splatter is still available from some sellers…but I’ve had no luck finding the Zolatone Flex Pearl paint any where.
Is there a good alternative…with good or better adhesion, wear ability, and ease of application?
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Old 03-01-2023, 08:43 AM   #2
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Auto body tool mart sells zolatone. It's only available in a handful of colors
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Old 03-01-2023, 09:01 AM   #3
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Many here have simply used a high quality interior paint-over-primer, but it's not as durable as zolatone, but then again, much easier to scrape off if you want to redo it.

One advantage of the mouse fur is that it does offer a bit of insulation, a much appreciated feature if you have a floor plan with a bed adjacent to the shell and you touch the wall while sleeping on a cold night.

Zolatone doesn't offer as much insulation as mouse fur, but it's plastic texture has a tad more buffer than bare aluminum or paint.

Perhaps you could coat with whatever color of Zolatone you can get your hands on, then paint over that.
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Old 03-01-2023, 04:15 PM   #4
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Many here have simply used a high quality interior paint-over-primer, but it's not as durable as zolatone, but then again, much easier to scrape off if you want to redo it.

One advantage of the mouse fur is that it does offer a bit of insulation, a much appreciated feature if you have a floor plan with a bed adjacent to the shell and you touch the wall while sleeping on a cold night.

Zolatone doesn't offer as much insulation as mouse fur, but it's plastic texture has a tad more buffer than bare aluminum or paint.

Perhaps you could coat with whatever color of Zolatone you can get your hands on, then paint over that.


For our purposes, I’m OK with going the paint route. What type of primer would be best? For the top coat, is latex recommended or another type of paint? I’m less oriented to painting a less-preferred color of Zolatone and then painting over it with a non-Zolatone paint…(one of my other Airstreams had latex painted over Zolatone and it was a nightmare to strip). I’ve tried I’m ok with a paint type that is less durable, but looks good and has decent adhesion and wear-ability.
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We stripped the mouse fur on our 66 Safari the best we could. We washed the interior aluminum down with Simple Green. Then we rolled Kilz Adhesive on the aluminum. Finally, we painted with Zolatone Flex. The Kilz is tough stuff and stuck well. Good luck
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Yes…but, unfortunately, Zolatone Flex is no longer available. I could use Kilz as a primer, but then follow with what type of paint?
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Out of curiosity I did a Google search and lots of sources for Zolatone came up. Surprised you can’t get it.
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Kilz ADHESIVE is such a tough primer just about all paints are compatible. I would choose a paint that is durable and can be wiped down with a cleaner. Go to a commercial paint store and discuss the possibilities. Good luck
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Yes…but, unfortunately, Zolatone Flex is no longer available. I could use Kilz as a primer, but then follow with what type of paint?
Practically any good to high quality latex paint would do. Ideally you want a paint that has high mold and moisture resistance and you can scrub.
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Out of curiosity I did a Google search and lots of sources for Zolatone came up. Surprised you can’t get it.


Zolatone Splatter paint is readily available. From my understanding, this is a spray application. The roll-on application product, Zolatone Flex, which is part of Zolatone’s architectural product line, is no longer being produced due to significant supply chain issues. Have you been able to find any Zolatone flex products available?
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