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Old 01-21-2016, 07:29 PM   #449
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Just a couple pics of the vertical seam I riveted. The first shot is looking straight on... you can kind of see the distortion in the reflection created by the bulge which is just about 2" left of the vertical line of rivets. The second shot is of course straight down the side of the motorhome... there's almost no visible bulge. I'm good with this...

Yes my garage is a deplorable wreck...

The third shot is just the new air compressor... the new pump is installed on the old tank and piped up... and the unit is bolted to the floor. I still have to make a guard for the pulleys, as the old one is not big enough. After that, I need to get the DIY air dryer piped in, and I'm ready for some painting.

Speaking of painting... The shiny is starting to grow on us... I almost think we could get away with it if we applied some strategically placed stripes. It would certainly be one of a kind. And we could probably sell Tacos or something out of it when we travel...

Still cold here... better get used to it I guess as it IS almost February. Can't wait till spring... All for now.

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Old 01-21-2016, 09:05 PM   #450
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Shiny is good, but white will mask imperfections better than any other color. Of course flat bobber black would no doubt be interesting as well Might look big and evil.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:36 AM   #451
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I think that's true about white paint hiding imperfections. It's actually the easiest to keep looking clean too.

I dunno... I guess I'm not sure what we're going to do yet. Lots to consider... Painting this on my own seems kind of risky, what with being an amateur and all. Leaving it shiny seems like it will be hard to care for, not to mention it will make us stick out like a sore thumb even more than the faded yellow paint and the holes that were corroded through the old panels.

One thing at a time. Oh wait... finishing the panels kind of IS the next thing. I need to get this figured out!

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Old 01-22-2016, 06:10 PM   #452
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Hearer is a paint idea and no one will notise any small inperfections.

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Piker, awesome looking job. What will you use for sealant on the vinyl molding in the tracks at midline and bottom. Thanks, I have the rig identical to yours before you began the improvements, HarveyP
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Piker, awesome looking job. What will you use for sealant on the vinyl molding in the tracks at midline and bottom. Thanks, I have the rig identical to yours before you began the improvements, HarveyP
Thanks Harvey...

I plan on using Loctite S-40 Polyurethane caulk pretty much everywhere. I used this on the seam just above the storage bay doors when we first got the motorhome, and it impressed me quite a bit, especially when i went to remove the vinyl to take the old aluminum off. It's extremely tough stuff. Not saying there aren't other good products out there... or even better... but my experience with this stuff has been good so far.

I still haven't decided on which vinyl trim to use. I really like the thick black stuff... only drawback is that it doesn't have a long leg on the one side for the areas around the end caps and roof, so it would require a very large bead of caulk... not sure how to make a big bead of caulk look good unless you mask it off maybe?

Also, still not sure about color of paint... etc... and it's just so cold I can't hardly stand being in the garage...

I need to move south.

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Thanks Piker, it will warm up again sometime! HarveyP
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Thanks Harvey...

I plan on using Loctite S-40 Polyurethane caulk pretty much everywhere. I used this on the seam just above the storage bay doors when we first got the motorhome, and it impressed me quite a bit, especially when i went to remove the vinyl to take the old aluminum off. It's extremely tough stuff. Not saying there aren't other good products out there... or even better... but my experience with this stuff has been good so far.

I still haven't decided on which vinyl trim to use. I really like the thick black stuff... only drawback is that it doesn't have a long leg on the one side for the areas around the end caps and roof, so it would require a very large bead of caulk... not sure how to make a big bead of caulk look good unless you mask it off maybe?

Also, still not sure about color of paint... etc... and it's just so cold I can't hardly stand being in the garage...

I need to move south.

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The Airstream guys have always said it is way too difficult to maintain the shiny. You would still need to clear coat it, otherwise you would be polishing it yearly. The OEM Airstreams are anodized.

As far as painting it, if you are just putting on color, it is not that difficult. By the time you shoot two coats of primer, you will be an expert with the gun. The place where you run into a problem is if you choose a paint that has metallic in it. The difficulty shooting metallic is that you need to put it on wet, so you have a good coat without overspray, but the when you get it wet, the metallic sags or runs, because it is heavier than the paint. The only other thing I know about painting is you work from top to bottom. That way, as the overspray falls, you are painting over it. I'm sure there are true experts here who can give much you much better advice than I.
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I've read that too... about caring for the shiny aluminum. At this point, I'm pretty certain I'll top coat it with an automotive grade 2k single stage acrylic enamel. I'll match the existing off-white color so that in between now and someday when I can hopefully finish the other side of the RV, it won't look too awkward.

Maybe... still not 100% certain. Pretty sure shiny aluminum is out though.

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You can only see one side at a time so pick a color that you like and that will hold well.

Be sure you can get it down the road or save last coat for when all done.
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I've read that too... about caring for the shiny aluminum. At this point, I'm pretty certain I'll top coat it with an automotive grade 2k single stage acrylic enamel. I'll match the existing off-white color so that in between now and someday when I can hopefully finish the other side of the RV, it won't look too awkward.

Maybe... still not 100% certain. Pretty sure shiny aluminum is out though.

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It's true... I have spent far too much time worrying about what people think when it comes to the shape our RV is in, instead of being grateful to even have an RV. It's almost laughable, except that there is nothing even slightly humorous about living in a state of ungratefulness. It's all good though... Better to have learned the lesson late than never to have learned it at all.

I think I'm going to take another break from the RV for a while... maybe till the weather breaks in the spring. I find that it's so easy for me to develop tunnel vision and to ignore the rest of what's going on in life... I really have to be intentional about keeping my priorities straight.

All for now.

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