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Old 11-26-2016, 01:27 PM   #1
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Advice on interior painting!

Hi! I'm new to the Airstream world and was wondering what you do if the interior walls are aluminum and you want to paint? They are pretty dinged up and I didn't know if there is something to put over the walls to cover it..? Any info is always appreciated!
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:28 PM   #2
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What year airstream? Many vintage models have a vinyl coating over the aluminum. I used Krylon Fusion on mine, as have many others, with excellent results.
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Old 11-26-2016, 06:10 PM   #3
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It's a 1953 Flying Cloud. How can I tell for myself if it has vinyl? If you need a pic I can post one!
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Old 11-26-2016, 06:59 PM   #4
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A good question. My 76' Tradewind it was somewhat obvious with the texture. For your year and model perhaps someone else out there had a definitive answer? Make sure you degrease the walls before you paint, it builds up over the years.
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You'd know if it was vinyl covered, it looks like bad splotchy beige wallpaper on the walls.

If you have bare aluminum walls and really want to paint them right, you'll need to clean very thoroughly, then sand them slightly for paint to stick to, then clean again, then prime them with either a primer made for aluminum or a self etching primer, then paint.
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Old 11-26-2016, 08:03 PM   #6
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I will be picking up the airstream Fri and maybe It will be easier to tell in person. Thank you both for the information!!

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Old 11-27-2016, 06:45 PM   #7
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Is it Zolite

Our 1967 Caravel has very nice off white cross hatch patterned Zolit (unsur of spelling). It cleaned up nicely with some soft scrub and some scrubbing. It is almost 50! Before you paint see what you have to work with.
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A '53 may have zolatone which is a hard paint. Find an inconspicuous spot and scrape a little, it'll be easy to tell if it's plastic/vinyl wallpaper or zolatone.
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Chances are it's Zolatone. I don't believe they started the vinyl until around
66. We still have some of the original green Zolatone in our 55. It doesn't come off easily. I used aircraft stripper but still had to sand. I'll be going back with a
different colored Zolatone.
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1953 is definitely not vinyl. I'm sure it was zolatoned. Might clean up using a degreaser with a Mr Clean magic eraser. That of course would be easiest!


I stripped the original zolatoned paint ( and many layers of additional paint) see here
http://63overlandermoonraker.blogspo...ka-moment.html

http://63overlandermoonraker.blogspo...issing-me.html

Then I primed with Benjamin Moore Stix and painted with the new Roll-on Zolatone. My experience here.
http://http://63overlandermoonraker.blogspot.com/2015_09_01_archive.html
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