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Old 03-16-2013, 06:53 PM   #15
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Windows!!!

Been a few months gathering supplies and waiting on warmer weather. During this time I've removed the weather stripping off of all but one window and spray painted the metal portions. I picked a rust-o-leum metallic spray paint. The 2 vista views in the back were taken apart and cleaned. I've re-tinted them and plan on doing all windows in a limo-black tint (like the new AS models). I figure each window takes about 2 hours to properly strip, clean, tint and polish. I will try to post more pics when our weather decides to cooperate....but spring is almost here!!
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:34 PM   #16
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Almost done with Windows!

Now that all of the old seals have been painstakingly removed, spray painted all the metal portions and polished the windows, I am finally ready to put the weatherstripping on. I finished the bathroom window just to see how she fits and looks with the tint. Also washed the sash and the outside where the window meets. Man, does it take time to do this! Happy Streaming!
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:57 PM   #17
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Still working on it......

Haven't posted in a few months. We moved and this put this restoration on hold until now. Picking up from the last post I'm still cleaning windows, sashes, and putting on weatherstripping. Will post pics soon.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:57 AM   #18
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Just caught up with your thread again, Airpatton. I spray painted our logo with Rustoleum paints. Hafta mask off each section and spray, wait for it to dry for awhile, re-mask, and spray the next color. I used paint thinner and Q-tips to clean off the letters after I sprayed. It's a little time consuming, but looks good now. The Airstream lettering I was able to paint with a brush and paint. The striping and logo needed to be sprayed. I tried with a brush but it did NOT look good!
Windows Do take awhile! When they're done, though, you can move onto something else! Kind of like the never ending story!

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Old 09-04-2013, 10:21 AM   #19
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Selling fresh water tank?

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With all the pics, you can see our work is cut out for us.
Items we're starting with first:
Taking inventory of what is destroyed, missing, needing replacement
Checking for leaks first! windows come to mind
Replacing the entire plumbing system (we're selling our fresh water tank, we do not need it)
Replacing only a few sections of flooring and beams (yes, I have seen others posts, but at this point, our budget dictates what we can do)
wiring, kitchen, tires.........
and the list goes on
am I missing anything?
Are you selling the tank or have you sold it? I would be interested I have a leaker.
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:43 PM   #20
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denmcd---yes, I still have it. I live in colonial heights virginia, so hopefully the shipping wouldn't eat you alive! it's clean and doesn't leak, so if you're interested, send me a PM and we'll go from there
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:46 PM   #21
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Kay, that is on my to-do list. any tips or advice, pics or anything would be much appreciated. I have a mountain of stuff to do, but, it's a project of love. Thanks! KP
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #22
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I checked our pics and don't have any in-process ones of spray painting. I used Rustoleum royal blue, royal red, and white for the spray painting. I used blue painters tape against the area I wanted to protect and painting mask paper out from that. I did it on a very still day also. There's not much overspray then, and I didn't have to re-strip other parts of the trailer! On the Sovereign emblem, I spray painted the whole thing as it's recessed, and then sanded off the paint from the flat face so that the paint remained in the recesses only. Paint thinner and q-tips took care of paint on raised areas of the other spots.

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Old 09-06-2013, 08:59 PM   #23
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That sounds nice! I know the videos on youtube were helpful too on redoing an airstream logo. When I get to this stage, I plan to take many pics. Tomorrow the plan is to jack the whole trailer up on blocks, remove the rest of the bellypan, maybe the axles and restoring the rusted/missing frames sections. I purchased a pneumatic rivet gun tonight and some other air tool accessories....so more fun begins! Thanks Kay for the helpful tips. Kevin
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:50 PM   #24
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Release the Cracken!

Well, didn't get it put on blocks, but did spend the day working on exterior windows. Removing the old PO sealant was a bit of a chore. My 2 Titans were there all along, just for protection.
The caulk sealant remover worked like a charm...highly recommended....of course, it will remove the clearcoat, which in my case is fine, less for me later.
I'm only prepping the windows now, awaiting my order of silver vulkem to come in. More pics to come later.........happy streaming all!
Kevin
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:47 AM   #25
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Almost there with windows....

More TLC to the windows inside and out. Took a rotary brush to the inside sashes and window insides as well, removing the pitting from years of neglect. I tinted the bathroom window, not sure if I will do all windows or not now. Removed the window catches, cleaned them, and reinstalled them with adjustments. The front square window was removed and I took apart the plexiglass portion and removed the old foam gasket that had disappeared and looked like mold. Will reinstall once I figure out what my plan is for the curved windows. My plan is to eventually get a bucking kit and redo some not so good Olympic rivets from a previous repair. More to come.....KP
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:35 PM   #26
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square front window

Redid the front window. The old foam had disintegrated. Replaced the old screws, cleaned it all up. Through kidney stones and a child in college, its been a slow process over the past months. I need to get a grey tank because it didn't come with one. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #27
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Redid the front window. The old foam had disintegrated. Replaced the old screws, cleaned it all up. Through kidney stones and a child in college, its been a slow process over the past months. I need to get a grey tank because it didn't come with one. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Gray tanks were not used by Airstream, unttil the 1974 models.

A gray tank can however be added.

A beginning point would be to obtain a 1974 "service manual".

That would help you understand what would need to be done in order to install that tank.

Or, you can add one yourself, but make yourself aware, of the various issues you will encounter, before you start the project.

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Old 11-23-2013, 07:13 AM   #28
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Up early and applying attempting around the windows. Love the small syringe, helps speed things along. Waiting for my polyshim ii to arrive so I can fix my vista views. More to come!
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