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Unread 07-07-2019, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Painting aluminum roof supports

We are changing most everything about our 92ds. One of the issues we need to address is the white roof and aluminum supports. Iíve learned that the roof is pretty much a replace only deal because paint just wonít look right. But what about the supports? Anyone have any luck painting them and the paint holding up??


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Unread 07-08-2019, 08:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: Painting aluminum roof supports

Actually some folks on here have painted their tops with good success. I have not messed with mine yet. I built my 92 DS for hunting, so I'm not planning on putting the top on. Would just get hung up on tree limbs and such.

There are threads on here where folks describe how they painted the top. If I can find a couple, I'll post the link.

As for painting the supports, I have not done that yet either. However, I did paint most of the frame. I just cleaned it real good, degreased, scuffed, sprayed on aluminum primer and then painted. Seems to be holding up good for me.

Are you planning on painting the body and possibly the top?
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Unread 07-08-2019, 08:35 AM   #3
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Here is one thread talking about painting the roof: Painting Canopy

There are other threads. Prep is the key with any painting, but especially for plastic. In addition to adhesion promoter.
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Unread 07-08-2019, 01:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: Painting aluminum roof supports

We ordered a Spartan body, hopefully that comes soon. I will do some more searching, but most of what Iíve found tells me to stay away. Iím not much for painting things..


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Unread 07-08-2019, 04:52 PM   #5
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Default Re: Painting aluminum roof supports

I just cleaned my windshield supports with denatured alcohol and sprayed them. No issues at all.

As for the top, I painted the top on my carryall about a year ago when I built the cart. Only had one instance where the kids ran into a tree and chipped the corner a little bit, otherwise zero issues with the top peeling or flaking. And I used satin black so it is easy to touch up should the need arise, it just hasn't arisen :)

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Unread 07-09-2019, 09:41 AM   #6
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Default Re: Painting aluminum roof supports

Main thing with painting any aluminum is adhesion. Since you are likely going to use a spray can you may want to read some labels on the "all surface" or "primer and paint" type products to see if it is recommended for alum. Personally I'd scuff it with a scotch-brite pad and go for it. Also etching is a good idea. Even vinegar may slightly pit the aluminum to assist in adhesion.

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Anyone have any luck painting them and the paint holding up??
No. LOL

Painted mine black last year and they look terrible...chipping off every time you touch them. Didn't realize I'd have a problem until after the fact.
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Unread 07-15-2019, 09:40 AM   #8
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No. LOL

Painted mine black last year and they look terrible...chipping off every time you touch them. Didn't realize I'd have a problem until after the fact.
whats everybody using to shine up aluminum? I've never done it but I wouldn't mine polishing or buffing or whatever I gotta do to make em shiny........................................
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Unread 07-15-2019, 09:53 AM   #9
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If you donít mind expending some elbow grease Flitz work great.
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Unread 07-17-2019, 07:03 AM   #10
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If you donít mind expending some elbow grease Flitz work great.
DO you use that with a regular rag? or a buffer pad? thanks
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