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Old 03-27-2018, 08:53 PM   #113
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Good to see that you're not hammering your Airstream into an aluminum pyramid since the UFO sighting...

Thanks for your informative thread
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Old 03-28-2018, 06:35 PM   #114
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Thanks aluminuminum: It's enjoyable to work on these vintage Airstreams. Documenting how a guy goes about certain aspects of the project may help someone else doing similar work on a similar model.

I did see a "fireball" UFO, honest. I looked it up on a meteor sightings website and at least 4 other Coloradans were up at 4:40am MDT and reported seeing it. It was a spectacular UFO for me.

I enjoyed your comments about water usage. Colorado is in a significant drought since last summer. California is just emerging from a multi year drought. The people of Cape Town, South Africa are running out of water as their reservoir is dry. Water use there is limited to 5 gallons a day voluntarily.

I've implemented some new techniques to reduce my water usage a bit here at home. I won't waste water on watering the grass, dumb. Maybe next for me is a monthly shower schedule, 2 minutes max. A pit outhouse would help too.

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Old 03-29-2018, 06:28 PM   #115
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Fresh Water Plumbing Test Success

Today I pressurized the fresh water plumbing circuit with 35 psi air. Much to my surprise and satisfaction there were no leaks heard (hisssss) or detected with soap solution. The system held 35 psi air all afternoon. It still has air pressure in it and I shall see what the gauge reads in the morning. The PEX system is a wonderful thing. Bye, bye old copper plumbing.

I also turned on the new pump and it really sucks! It drew water out of the fresh tank in about 2 seconds. That was a good sign too.

Now I start the next phase of this project. Reassembly!

I need to refurbish the bath cabinets and install the faucets. The bath plastics have been painted at least once. I plan on painting them again, especially the tub.

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Old 04-03-2018, 06:01 PM   #116
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Bath Plastics Painting Planning

I have six major plastic parts that I intend to paint as an overall improvement to the bath appearance. I've done some research posted by fellow vintage Airstream enthusiasts. It seems to me the 2 part epoxy paints are the best bet, although spendy. It also seems best to spray paint these parts in lieu of brushing or spray can.

I read some commercial restorers use an automotive paint designed for plastic bumpers and the like with good results. This selection gives more color options for sure.

Spray can paints like Krylon Fusion is a possibility on the "vertical" plastic parts that don't get wet, stepped on, or scrubbed hard. The large piece under the sink countertop is such a piece where Krylon may work.

I have half a mind to take the parts to an experienced spray painter with my paint selections. Producing a decent appearing spray painted surface takes skill and practice. I am not a spray painter unless a guy like runs, drips, orange peel, and thin spots.

Here is a photo of the six parts I need to prep and paint. They have not been prepped for painting yet at all.

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Everything is looking fantastic! Tough decision on the painting. You could sharpen your painting skills by practicing on a similar item. But like you say one little run or thin spot? If not comfortable it maybe best to leave it to a professional.

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David, the space you have in your garage to neatly sort and organize everything makes me jealous! It has been tough to hunt for your thread but glad I found it. You are an excellent reporter! I am about to wrap my head around the electrical and plumbing so this helps. I have removed some plastic window trim from the front wing windows and have the same dilemma as yourself. Not sure how to go about making it look good. Another consideration is that the paint you apply to the wall, if it's both white, might not be the same you use for your cabinets etc. I feel like I am going to give it a shot with an air pressurized spray gun and see what the result will be.

Best of luck and keep up the great work!
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Thank blackbear: I'm glad my project thread is a bit helpful to you. That's the idea, Airstreamers helping each other.

I've got to figure out this plastic part painting thing. My bathroom was painted with a spray can I think. The tub has not been painted, but there was some kind of no slip mat in it, and it melted and got sticky gunk all over the bottom of the tub.

I checked out the POR15 2K website. A great product, hard as nails, but they don't mention it on flexible plastic parts. So I'm still unsure.

The answer is here in the Forums. I just gotta do my homework.

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Painting Bath Plastic Parts

I have decided to have my bathroom plastic parts painted by a body shop. I'm going to use a paint formulated for plastic bumpers and the like. I took an old post by Colin Hyde where he states that is the paint and process he uses when restoring an old Airstream.

We have a small body shop here in our nice small town. It's a one man shop so to speak. His quote is reasonable. So that's the way I'm going. I'm painting them bathroom white, and then we will decorate with towels, rugs, shower curtain and the like.

There are many options for improving the plastic parts in these old trailers. My choice may not be the best. I don't always get a good finish when I paint with a spray can. My Iowa friend won't let me help paint his machine shed. My wife does all the interior painting in our house. I'm just not a painter/finisher.

My Overlander improvement project is on hold for about three weeks. We are taking the 86 Limited on a travel adventure to the southwest. Traveling is half the fun of a vintage Airstream.

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Good decision, David!

Sometimes we just know when to throw money at certain tasks. Just like we did on our Liner frame. You'll now be content knowing that task is in the hands of a professional. Now that we have our frame MrRivet and I now know it really was the best decision. 'I KNOW A GUY' isn't always a bad thing. Which by the way has become a game. Anytime in conversation when someone says 'I KNOW A GUY' take a sip of your beverage. Hopefully you'll have an adult beverage handy. Surprising how many times that line can be said in conversation once you pay attention. So don't cringe the next time you hear it!

Enjoy your adventure to the southwest! You'll have a relaxing time while you are Living the Dream. Cant wait to see more progress once you return. And I'm sure you'll meet a few 'guys' along the way.

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"I know a guy" is likely how Angie's List started. We are always looking for references to someone that can do the job. If this fellow I lift my bath parts with executes like he says he will, I won't hesitate to say "I know a guy".

The fellow who helped me out with my axles is on my "I know a guy list." He did exactly what he said he would, and he is a heck of a nice guy. I don't hesitate to recommend Luke Bernader if you need your axles replaced.

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I agree with MsRivet, good decision, based on your painting skills.

Have fun on your adventure trip to the SW.

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No Overlander improvement progress the last two weeks. We're traveling in the Limited through New Mexico, Arizona, California, and now Utah. I wanted to see the desert. I don't think I'll be back anytime soon. Too hot, dry and desolate for me.

I did spot a buffalo along the side of the road. That was exciting.

Maybe my bathroom parts will be painted glossy white when I get back. If so, I can start reassembling the bath. You are right TouringDan, surface finishing just isn't my thing.

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Out with the Galley Wall

We're back from out trip to the southwest. We felt coming home to Colorado was the best part of the trip. Then we had 10" of wet, heavy snow last week. Refreshing after 95 degrees and windy weather we were in.

As most of you know Overlanders had a gas oven mounted in the galley wall. It's an idea that didn't catch on at Airstream. I guess the idea provided more storage under the galley countertop. The furnace is under the cooktop, not the oven. Wall mounted ovens were becoming popular in homes back then.

I decided to replace the galley wall instead of hanging a picture or something over the oven hole. And I didn't like the oven "box" over the curb side twin bed. It is interesting to see all the attachment points Airstream assemblers installed to hold up the overhead lockers, countertop and the accordian door "header" into this galley wall. Lots of screws and rivets, including "blind" rivets. Maybe "blind" rivets happen because Airstream assembles some parts before the whole thing comes together.

I can use the old wall as a pattern. I learned the "wood" in my Overlander is melamine laminated over MDF at about 3/16" total thickness. My trailer's walls have a texture to them like a wood grain. And I don't have any delamination except in a few slats of the trambor doors.

I will replace the galley wall with a red oak veneer on MDF, both sides. The grain structure and color are similar, but not exact. It is the best match I found. Melamine laminates of the same color and texture were not available where I shopped.

Still waiting on my bathroom parts. Maybe Wednesday he says.

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Window Operator Handle Needed

I need a couple of window operators for my trailer. Anyone know a source for this part, photo below? I need just the plastic part. Appreciate any advice.

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