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Old 04-15-2019, 08:06 AM   #1
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1979 Airstream 28 Painted!

Ok so several things from cleaning day!

1st Weep hole covers...someone in Airstream Addicts mentioned 1 but for 12 bucks a piece, Iím tempted to reattach with an adhesive...

2nd since I was playing in the rain I looked around inside for leaks and of course found one in the top corner of the driverís side windshield I believe, when stepping outside there is a gap above. What is the best sealer?

3rd, Knowing my MoHo is a weirdo, would anyone know where touch up paint may be available, while scrubbing the barnacles off the outside some of the rivets decided to shed their paint...

Had a ton of fun yesterday, both arms and back are sore today! TIA guys!
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:12 AM   #2
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Looks much nicer!
Touch up paint might be a trial and error thing....

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Old 04-15-2019, 09:24 AM   #3
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Ok so several things from cleaning day!

1st Weep hole covers...someone in Airstream Addicts mentioned 1 but for 12 bucks a piece, Iím tempted to reattach with an adhesive...

2nd since I was playing in the rain I looked around inside for leaks and of course found one in the top corner of the driverís side windshield I believe, when stepping outside there is a gap above. What is the best sealer?

3rd, Knowing my MoHo is a weirdo, would anyone know where touch up paint may be available, while scrubbing the barnacles off the outside some of the rivets decided to shed their paint...

Had a ton of fun yesterday, both arms and back are sore today! TIA guys!
Hard to tell from the photos but Airstream list 3 colors used on MH in 1979

1979 Airstream MH Upper DuPont Centari 45205A Beige
1979 Airstream MH Lower & Window Frame DuPont Centari 45196AW Mulberry
1979 Airstream MH Ctr. Trim Stripe DuPont Centari 44184AN Copper
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:27 AM   #4
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Hard to tell from the photos but Airstream list 3 colors used on MH in 1979

1979 Airstream MH Upper DuPont Centari 45205A Beige
1979 Airstream MH Lower & Window Frame DuPont Centari 45196AW Mulberry
1979 Airstream MH Ctr. Trim Stripe DuPont Centari 44184AN Copper
Which is a different beige in the main body to that used 1974-78

Argosy MH Upper DuPont Centari 44534-A Light Beige
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:42 AM   #5
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I should point out the challenge of matching paint color -- i.e. even if you were to find the exact paint, even if, lets say theoretically, you get the exact same paint from the exact same paint can that was used to paint the MH in 1979, it likely won't match now because the MH paint has been exposed to UV for 40 years now.

So, that's why good body shops have to really custom mix the paint to get it to match seamlessly, Unless you want to just paint the whole thing, then you can go with whatever color you like.
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Hard to tell from the photos but Airstream list 3 colors used on MH in 1979

1979 Airstream MH Upper DuPont Centari 45205A Beige
1979 Airstream MH Lower & Window Frame DuPont Centari 45196AW Mulberry
1979 Airstream MH Ctr. Trim Stripe DuPont Centari 44184AN Copper

Just by the names those would definitely seem to match...any idea where I could order those?
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I should point out the challenge of matching paint color -- i.e. even if you were to find the exact paint, even if, lets say theoretically, you get the exact same paint from the exact same paint can that was used to paint the MH in 1979, it likely won't match now because the MH paint has been exposed to UV for 40 years now.

So, that's why good body shops have to really custom mix the paint to get it to match seamlessly, Unless you want to just paint the whole thing, then you can go with whatever color you like.
I figured I would try buffing the paint and then try touch up paint, see how close it gets...
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Just by the names those would definitely seem to match...any idea where I could order those?
From experience, when getting Bella repainted, although the DuPont Centari brand is not commonly available now, any good paint shop (for example a PPG service center) will be able to match a modern formulation to the codes. That doesn't mean they will match your paint though.....40 years of oxidation and fade means your paint will be very different from new. Again a good paint shop will be able to scan your actual panels and make a faded/oxidized match.
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Drive your MoHo to any automotive paint supply store or in many instances your local O'reilly's or Napa auto parts store. Many have an automotive paint department within the store. They can SCAN your paint (clean and polish a spot to scan) and match a pint/quart of paint to use for touch-up.

A pint would be plenty for touch-up.

I do it all the time!
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Thatís what I like to hear!! Thanks guys!
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How about #2 on the list? The floor is still solid so I assume itís a new leak.
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There are quiet a few threads on the subject if you use the search function.

The basic approach is to mask around the seal, then lift and use Vulkem under the edge. However there is a lot more to it so taking time to read how to do it properly will save you a ton of time later.
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I have seen several Airstream trailers that were painted - never stopped to inquire the reason but I figure that it was simply easier to maintain??
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