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Old 03-03-2008, 05:49 PM   #15
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yep a painted gt might look pretty unique and could have way less care issues than a polished unit of the same year....

here's another thread on paint...

and even wally gilded the lily


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Old 03-03-2008, 06:35 PM   #16
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Wally's painted trailers

The gold trailer was anodized rather than paint. But Wally had some painted Airstreams. On the 56 European caravan, his #1 Airstream was painted white . Also the Commodore trailer that Wally and Cornelius Vanderbilt took to the 52 Presidental Conventions in Chicago was painted blue with a white top. This trailer also seems to have no segments in the front cap (fiberglass or steel ?) much like the Argosy that would come along later.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:19 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the feedback! I wasn't too concerned about how the paint job would specifficaly effect dollar value. I was more interested in what other Airstreamers thought about the desirablity of a painted vintate trailer, based on their experiences. This tread has certainly helped! Thanks again.
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:42 PM   #18
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:45 AM   #19
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Vanderbilt trailer

Does any one know what ever happened to the Neil Vanderbilt Airstream??
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:15 PM   #20
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Wow - that Vintage Thunder 'stream is beautiful...

But I'm still waiting to see one painted Creamsicle Orange!
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Old 07-01-2008, 03:29 PM   #21
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When I was a kid in Montana, I grew up next to a railroad yard. My favorite train car was the old Great Northern. They had a beautiful blue car with a white image of a mountain goat. If I were going to paint an old tin girl, I would be tempted to paint it with that color and include the mountain goat imagine... or keep the goat as polished aluminum.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:14 PM   #22
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I have pondered painting the top half or even all snow white to minimize heat gain and minimize the plasti-coat ha$$les. Airplane quality paint should be durable.

While the "can't really mirror polish the post-'82 aluminum" is beautiful nough new, by 10-20 years, a lot of resour$e$ are consumed in cosmetic maintenance.

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Old 11-28-2008, 06:16 AM   #23
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I would not usually consider paint as an option for my 07 FB. Now that I am noticing the corrosion that others have chronicled in the corrosion forum, a good paint job like Andy has discussed is suddenly looking more palatable.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:18 AM   #24
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I painted the roof of my 34 white using aircraft paint to keep the heat gain down. It's really helped a lot.

I use parfe wax to polish up the rest of it. Works well, but it's a ton of work.

I've been thinking of painting the rig with metal flake paint (think metallic on steroids, like bass boats...). I think a bright red metal flake would really look cool.

Who cares what other people think. It's your coach. If you like it, that's all that matters. But that being said, my grandpa had a 31' Excella that he had a nice metallic silver paint job put on and the banana wrap done in gloss black. It looked really sharp, and it held up well. If you're getting tired of polishing and waxxing, it's worth looking at.

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Have you seen Vintage Thunder, it looks awesome.
Vintage Thunder is an Argosy. And yes it is awsome! Saw it at Penn Woods.

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Recently saw an 80 excella at aTin Can Tourist rally,which was painted silver and looked real good,not that I would want to do that to mine.Dave
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Will the real Vanderbilt Airstream plse..

Originally Posted by vajeep View Post
Does any one know what ever happened to the Neil Vanderbilt Airstream??
I am also curious~
Trailer like that don't just disappear now..?
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:29 AM   #28
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Used to own a DeLorean and was active in the owner's club. The unique feature of the car, besides the gullwing doors, was the stainless steel body. Several members painted their cars black or Porsche guardsman red. The value of these cars dropped before the paint was dry!

I'm firmly of the belief that it's your trailer and you can do with it as you please. On the other hand, I have an 11 foot pole in the garage that i wouldn't use to touch a painted AS.

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