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Old 07-08-2018, 10:52 AM   #1
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What interior primer was used?

I'm working on a '62 Bambi and have the interior skins removed. I'm stripping the old paint off as it is in terrible shape and has retained the musty smell of the camper. Using a chemical stripper the top coat of paint comes off very easily. However, it isn't really touching the primer below the paint. Both the paint and primer were smooth so I know is isn't zolatone. I can sand it off fairly easy but it is very dusty. Although I'm wearing a mask I'd like to know what I'm putting into the air. Doesn't look like zinc chromate either, at least not like the stuff I saw in the Air Force on aircraft. I'm also finding that the aluminum isn't shiny below the primer. Looks like something has gotten through the primer and blemished the aluminum. The back side is unpainted and clear except the edges which have corrosion damage. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 06-13-2020, 03:03 PM   #2
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Hello. What primer or coating did you end up using on the interior? Thanks, John
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Old 06-13-2020, 03:23 PM   #3
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Pete, the primer below your paint may be remnants of the original Zolatone that the PO sanded down to receive the paint of his choice. On both our trailers we used Kilz Adhesion we had to order from a box store and pick up. We stripped the original Zolatone on the 55 but nothing would remove it all. I sanded what was left to a smooth finish and primed everything with Kilz Adhesion. We then repainted with Zolatone. On the 66 we stripped the original vinyl and used Kilz before the Zolatone Flex roll on. Tough stuff. Good luck
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Old 06-14-2020, 06:11 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I haven't gotten to start painting the interior yet. Found major damage in the frame so I had to remove the body, had the frame repaired and just got the body back on. Haven't finished attaching all of the rivets. Hope to get to the interior skin in the next few weeks. Working at a leisurely pace.
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