I'm thinking ahead to paint and trying to get a match on the pink if possible. In places where I've uncovered good-sized areas of original paint it seems to me that the finish is not glossy, but flatter in appearance? Is this original or has time deadened the shine? I was originally assuming that I would be applying paint with a glossy finish, but have since been thinking that something with less of a shine might be more flattering to the old, dinged-up skin (replacing skin is not an option). Maybe semi-gloss? Any opinions, suggestions or thoughts?
There are different opinions on the gloss/flat or inbetween. IMO (not worth much), I think gloss makes the dings glow. I have pink/salmon flat for my trailer and was planning on putting a light clear coat over it. I matched it pretty close to the faded original but now I'm considering a different color to match my tow vehicle. I can't replace my skins, either and I'm not sure the $$$ to make it match my tow vehicle is worth it. Sorry, didn't mean to get off topic on your thread but I'm having a serious debate with myself over this same thing.
The flipside of gloss is that it sure does look shiny and new!
Thanks! I appreciate any comments, thoughts and experiences about paint jobs....it seems to be the only thing whirling around in my head right now. I'm finding it really hard to make a solid decision. So far most everything else I've had to decide upon has been really clear in my mind right away. Not so with paint.
We don't mind the dings showing up. Sort of like age spots (not that I would know what those look like). And we like the shiny finish, that's the way they were originally - not semi gloss. Shasta even offered to paint to match your tow vehicle for a while. Cool, huh?
Hamlet, that IS really cool! I like the look of matching tow vehicles. I wonder how many people took them up on the offer?
I'm not sure my trailer had a shiny original finish. Any place I've uncovered original paint (under frames etc.) it is very flat looking.
Whatever it used to look like, I think my decision may have been made for me by locally available product. I spent the afternoon in town looking at products and questioning salesmen, some seemingly very knowledgeable and some obviously not. I'm leaning toward trying a Benjamin Moore professional coating: Super Spec D.T.M. Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel Z24. Our local Benjamin Moore store has it in regular stock. It can be colour-matched and tinted to any colour you wish and is an affordable $49.95 Cdn for a gallon, $21.95 for a quart. I guess I came to the conclusion that for me, matching original colour trumps the final amount of glossiness, and for that price I figure it's worth a try. I'm not expecting a pro quality finish, just want to make her look a little prettier in the campground
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Sweeper…. you're not alone; color and surface is a challenge to visualize in advance. Perhaps buying small quantities of gloss and semi and doing mock ups on scraps of plywood, or imperfect sheet metal scraps etc. would help you decide. I saw a very effective home paint job on a vintage trailer (can't remember the brand). Red and white, with the red as high gloss and the white as semi. Also, like yours, it was done on original skin, with imperfections and all. The red popped really nicely because of the high gloss, and the overall effect was impressive.
Susie Q has a finessed approach that might work too. She also brings up the fact that the value of the color itself (light, medium or dark) will contribute to how the old dings will show up in the final work. That also is a vote for doing realistic mock ups. I think overall, with vintage trailers, consistency in textures should rule. In other words, if your trailer has a lot of original, but good condition materials, the patina and aged authenticity of the trailer overall can make a very nice appearance… especially with a fresh paint scheme ;-) Good luck!
Excellent suggestions. Thanks for your input and observations. Next trip to town I'll buy a quart and experiment with the colour, finish, and my new paint sprayer. I can think of lots of things out here on the farm that might look good done in "Tofino Sunset" pink.
Won't my husband be surprised!!?
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I'm fortunate in that the white on my 68 Concord is in nice enough condition, (once the oxidation is removed), to remain intact. It is a little shiner then a semi gloss but not a real high gloss, even when waxed. The blue belt around the center and windows will however need to be refinished. I'm thinking of using a glossy paint for it. I plan on removing the windows and cleaning them with a aluminum brightner and then polishing the exposed area of the frames. All the aluminum vents and componants will also be polished.