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Old 12-04-2017, 05:27 PM   #127
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Well, they look great. Maybe I need to farm out my emblems. It would be worth it if they came back like yours. My International flag emblem on the side of the trailer looks like it was painted with a barn brush. Same with the Airstream letters.

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Old 12-04-2017, 08:13 PM   #128
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Spent most of the afternoon removing the old gasket from one window and installing new VTS-524 window seal. Went well. Remembered from reading on this forum to hit new gasket with silicone spray.

Pulled all the window latch mechanisms off. Was going to replace them with new ones from VTS, but at $19.50 a pop, thought better of it and wire-brushed and spray-painted one of the old ones silver. Looks fine. Now, only about another 15 of them to go.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:21 PM   #129
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It's great VTS did tool up these window latch mechanisms and covers for us. They are unique to the 66, 67, and 68 trailers. They are kinda crazy in the way they work. I had rusty screws on mine and since they were working, I let them be. I did lubricate them and they were all working.

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Old 12-09-2017, 10:05 AM   #130
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Here's the difference a little wire brushing with a drill can make. Spray with silver and/or clear lacquer or leave alone? Leaning toward the latter.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:53 AM   #131
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Mine are plated, chrome maybe. If you didn't take the plating off leave them bare.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:33 PM   #132
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I wire brushed mine and the left them. I did smear a bit of WD40 on them now and then.

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Old 12-09-2017, 06:38 PM   #133
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Probably ought to leave them alone, period.

Just got back from the emergency room with seven stitches in my left wrist.

The drill bucked off the edge of the piece I was wire brushing. The brush wheel caught the cuff of my glove and, in a flash, was pulled between the cuff and my wrist, wire-brushing the skin down to the bone. Ouch.

Here I thought I was being careful, wearing leather gloves, safety glasses and a breathing filter thingy. Memo to me: next time wear welding gloves with longer cuffs.

Or, as I was thinking in the emergency room while reveling in #10 pain, maybe just buy a brand new Airstream. Or at least spring for new replacement window latches at $19.50 a pop, instead of trying to shine up the old ones. That price looks, in hindsight, pretty reasonable.
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Old 12-09-2017, 07:02 PM   #134
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Slats, sorry to hear about your mishap. Been there and done that with an abrasive wheel. Last week I was cleaning with a wire brush cup on my side grinder. A 1 wire flew off and stuck in my arm. It was sucked in and is still there. In the emergency room the doc said its stainless steel and just leave it in if its not bothersome. Nevertheless, sorry to hear about your accident and take it easy for a few days. Good luck to both of us. Bubba
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Oh Slats, how easily we can get seriously hurt in the garage. A wire brush injury is similar to a bad burn, depending on how much skin you lost. Guard against infection and recognize it will take some goodly time to heal up. Let the Trade Wind sit for a while.

I was grinding out some old welds with an angle grinder on my Airstream today. Working in factories my whole career makes me very safety conscious. A grinder can "buck" like your wire brush and end up biting me.

Heal up well.

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Made a little progress last Saturday. Installed two window gaskets (one pictured) and repaired cracks in rock guard and riveted frame back on it. Needed a light touch with the rivet gun to keep from cracking it anew.
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Sorry for the sideways pics. Reposting two.
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It's good to see you've healed enough to get some more work done.
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Thanks. It was with new-found respect for my high torque drill that I paid a little closer attention to what I was doing while wire-brushing the old gasket remnants off the window frames.

Got the stitches out today.
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Sigh. Sorry to hear of the injuries, Slats...

For wire-brushing smallish objects, I invested in a small rotary tool (Dremel is one brand) with small diameter wire brushes and good eye protection. I hold the items with pliers and use heavy gloves, apron, and sturdy closed-toe shoes in the shop. Keep the speed low.

For medium objects, a bolted-down bench grinder with a wire wheel installed, and the above safety equipment. Be very careful not to have anyone else in range of possible thrown bristles or the object you are working on. Innocent bystanders should also were Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) suitable for what you are doing. It's possible to heal skin, but eyes are yet another matter...be real careful!

For bigger stuff, I use an angle grinder with an appropriate cup or wire wheel instead of a regular drill. I find it much easier to control, it has an auxiliary handle so I can get both hands on it, and I do go all-out on the PPE with that beast. Also make sure the guards are in place and properly tightened.

On any of these machines, be doubly darn sure the accessory is rated for the no-load speed of the machine. It's easy to blow apart a grinding wheel that's not rated for the speed of an angle grinder, even though it seems to fit the shaft. We had a guy get killed from flying bits of grinder wheel on the wrong tool. It threw shrapnel all over the work space, and that killed him.
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