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Old 12-17-2003, 04:14 PM   #21
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Both stripper and acid etch get under rivet heads, and then ooze back out after painting - causing the paint to bubble. This problem is not unique to Airstream trailers. The following link describes a two-part etch primer that replaces the alodyne step - and is worth considering.

Aircraft are commonly skinned with 2024 T3 alclad, which I understand was used by Airstream through the early 60's, perhaps beyond. Alclad is a thin layer of nearly pure aluminum applied to each side for corrosion resistance. I assume a different alloy, without alclad, is used now (given the grained finish).
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Old 12-19-2003, 01:26 PM   #22
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We contacted JRA Executive Air in Hagerstown, via e-mail, as a possible source to paint Airstream products on the east coast.

They are obviously very well qualified painting Aircraft of all types.

We asked them if they would paint an Airstream trailer, metallic silver.

They responded via e-mail and we quote.

"We normally do not paint anything but aircraft, but this is something we might consider if our schedule permits. Aircraft painting is relatively expensive, due to the fact that we normally chemically strip each plane, remove control surfaces, paint specific schemes and strippings, etc. If you would like to talk with us, please give Keith Timmons, our Paint Shop Manager, a call (toll free) at 866-791-3642.
Signed, Don Ardinger, Marketing Manager"
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Perhaps this might be of some help for the east coast Airstream owners.

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Old 08-05-2004, 10:10 PM   #23
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The paint is available.

The process is proprietary, but can be obtained under certain circumstances.

The process does require professional application, by an experienced spray painter.

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Andy,
What is secret to obtain the proprietary information. I cannot come to CA and would like a local painter (experienced aluminum, i.e. aircraft,etc) to paint my 1965 Airstream Safari. Someone recommended blasting with baking soda (I have witnessed results without having to mask and the results are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!) Thanks for any suggestions, advice.
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Old 08-06-2004, 06:27 AM   #24
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Has anyone tried painting the exterior of an A/S, not with Rustoleum, but with a clear metallic acrylic?
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I have never heard of a clear metallic, unless you are talking about a basecoat/clearcoat 2 stage process. Anyway, painting aluminum can be tricky. It is generally recommended it be primed with zinc chromate primer to stabilize the surface then usually a color is shot over that. I have had some success clearcoating with DuPont Centari Polyurethane directly over freshly prepped raw aluminum but wouldn't trust it in an outdoor - especially vehiclular application. Ozone, Sun, acid rain and dew, salt, etc would be hard on it. You may try experimenting on a small section before committing to a huge job. GOod luck! Andy.
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Old 08-06-2004, 08:08 AM   #25
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Sand it, prime it, color it, clearcoat it.

Use "nothing but" top shelf materials.

Use no acids or zinc chromate paint.

Our methods and materials have stood the test of time, for over 20 years.

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Sand it, prime it, color it, clearcoat it.

Use "nothing but" top shelf materials.

Use no acids or zinc chromate paint.

Our methods and materials have stood the test of time, for over 20 years.

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Thanks Andy.
I will email results when complete.
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