07 September 2015

*ugly betty*



part of a refurbish or restoration project of a vintage trailer - in this case a 55 boles aero miramar {front kitchen}:: one of 4 in existence of this floor plan that we are aware of - is making the outside pretty. the interior is basically finished except for some fine tuning. the outside? hideous. currently i'm calling her *ugly betty.* no disrespect to anyone named betty so please - no hate mail. it just simply fit for this trailer at this time. and no, *ugly betty* will not be her forever name. still thinking on that one.


60 years ago she came off the line in her original and lovely satin finish aluminum. no paint. it was after market that an owner got the bright idea of painting a boles aero trailer............?! yet another owner painted it again, this time using military grade battleship gray paint. the paint on battleships. yes, you read that right. the 2 successive former owners were the naval/marine base painters. so battleship gray paint was in their immediate possession. and really, since they weren't vintage trailer aficionados it's understandable they'd choose a path that wasn't originally intended for this trailer make.

here's another view:



i must say it brought the trailer closer to its original roots of silver and was certainly better than the coral and cream tones (on a boles trailer no less!! that's like painting an airstream!!), but in the process the trailer skin was deeply scuffed to accept the new paint. the hubs, bless his heart, took on the job of removing all/most of the after market paint layers using aircraft stripper. what you see is one side of the trailer after 7 hours removal process. military grade paint is next to impossible to remove with complete success.

realizing there is absolutely positively *no* hope of salvaging the exterior skin, polishing it to a satin smooth sheen, we realize with certain clarity that we'll have to paint the trailer: silver. i'm seriously disappointed in this turn of events. be that as it may, getting this finish looking more like the original product is necessary. so. paint. sigh. we've decided, since this is such a special and rare trailer, to have it professionally painted using mercedes-benz silver color. it's closest to the original aluminum finish. this will happen sometime within the next two weeks and we'll be selling our home to pay for it. kidding. maybe. no.

::: UPDATE :::
*ugly betty* due to scheduling issues, 
won't be painted until october.

i'll be sure to share a picture of the trailer post painting .. until then, you have the amazing thrill of looking at *ugly betty* in all her tattered wonderfulness. have fun with that. wink.


8 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry that your dreams for shiny original aluminum have vanished! I'm sure she will be beautiful again. If you must sell your home, dear friend, I have a guestroom available!
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. we'll be LIVING in that trailer if we have to sell our home! haha.. and you know what? it could be done and it'd be in style. wink.

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  2. Sherry,
    I have always had a fondness of old airstreams and stainless trailers. Our friend had one he would take to Long Island and park in a trailer park and on weekends stay all summer long. HGTV has been running a series of living tiny house but all I think is why wouldn't you get a cool vintage trailer and restore it into something intriguing and unique, You go girl.
    xo,
    Vera

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    1. i have a good friend who has a vintage trailer permanently parked on the california coast. she has a darling little yard - fenced to keep her labradoodles safe and close, and the ocean breeze any old time she wants to breath it in. she's living the life. gotta tell ya.

      and you're RIGHT. this tiny house living with prices upwards of $50k-$200k for 120 square feet? buy a vintage trailer, have it properly restored, and enjoy life with change in your pocket.

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  3. You and your man do amazing work. This will look incredible even though it's not the original finish. Can't wait to see it when it's done!

    Deanna

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    1. today? today we're exhausted. i put in about 3 hours of applying aircraft stripper then waiting 15 minutes then power washing, scraping, and steel wool'ing. this military grade paint is SO adhesive that it really is next to impossible to remove. bah! we called our friends at Eternity Trailer and they're taking the trailer tomorrow (i'm towing it there.. an hour east) and will begin work. there's a special bonding agent primer they can use before it gets painted. they'll also be taking to task a few needful exterior prettifying. then PAINT. looking SO forward.

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  4. Oh the potential beauty in this Betty!! Bet that is what drew ya to her!!??? I look forward to seein what ya'll make of her!! Beauty from ashes so ta speak! :-)

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    1. the interior is **done** .. just the exterior now. she won't be painted until october. arghghgh

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