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Old 03-17-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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1972 Trade Wind.. interior aluminum window sceen frames

I would like to re-paint the interior aluminum screen frames.
Other than sanding, painting and putting back on ...
I would like some correct input.

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Old 03-17-2011, 09:22 AM   #2
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i did a couple of ours that were in bad shape... the painting is easy enough; wet sand them for the best prep. Use stainless screws when you put them back on to prevent that rusty look....

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Old 03-25-2011, 09:32 AM   #3
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Hi, Janie!

If you use the search we have, you can find lots of threads where folks have painted the interior of their TTs. If you haven't tried it yet, I think once you do try it, you'll find it a great tool.

Near the top of most pages, you will see the dark blue horizontal line, and near the right side there is a search button. Experiment with the various types of search and you'll find the one that suits you best. Five minutes with it and you will be a pro. For subjects like painting, I usually wind up with the Google search in there.

From a Google search on paint window frames, I got a couple of members that removed the paint and polished them!

Here's a simple way to do it:

On my TT, the frames have a very durable paint, and I used Mr Clean right out of the bottl on them, and was amazed at how well they cleaned up. But if you try that, and still want a different colour, IIRC you need to use a good primer, like Killz (check my spelling).

But I think that you are then free to use a good latex on them then, once they are primed. I'm guessing that a pint would do them all. I bet silver would look nice!

If you do that job, please post lots of pictures, before, during, and after? We are super hungry for photos, they make a little project come alive.
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:20 PM   #4
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I used solvent and knocked off most but not all of the dead paint lingering on the one test frame I did - then hit it with a couple coats of cheap white spray paint. 18 months later and plenty of weathering it still looks good.

One tip is use a plastic wheel screen installing tool - no chips or scratches where its bound to get weather. Another tip is a thin plastic washer beneath the screw head to allow the screw to spin & tighten without abrading or melting the paint.
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