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Old 06-13-2006, 09:58 AM   #365
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Looking good, Don. Maybe I missed it somewhere, but what type of paint did you use on the bath area, 2 part epoxy? What was the brand?

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Old 06-13-2006, 10:08 AM   #366
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Looking good, Don. Maybe I missed it somewhere, but what type of paint did you use on the bath area, 2 part epoxy? What was the brand?

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Jim & Susan, bath paint ended up to be an experiment. I had looked for gel coat, etc. and couldn't find anything that fit what I was looking for. So I made a decision because I wanted to move on and finish. I hope I don't regret my choice. The small tub area is Fiberglass which is a type of plastic, so I decided to use Krylon (rattle can) Fusion for plastics. I have used this paint on some outside furniture and was satisfied with the results. They also had the perfect color for my needs,2322 Dover White. It matched the original gel coat almost exactly. We plan on using a small rug in the area when the shower is not in use. Hopefully that will help extend the life of the paint.
Any thoughts on my sell out choice?
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:41 AM   #367
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I'm right there with you! On my A/C shroud redo, I used a Lowes plastic primer in the rattle can, then finished with the suggested Lowes name product in the rattle can (not specifically made for plastic, but recommeded top coat for the plastic primer, if that makes sense). I guess you and me will be the guinea pigs for the rest of the members!

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Carlson wall heater

One item for today was to dismantle and inspect the Carlson wall heater. It was very clean. No mice, bird nests, or other freeloaders. In fact I was surprised at what good condition the heater is in. The burner and its system appears in excellent shape. The Porcelain is in excellent condition no cracks and no rust. My guess is that it had been used very little. Tomorrow I will work on reassembling the heater and testing. I'm including several pictures for information. Anyone wont to make comments on these heaters?
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Reproduced Labels

I used Photoshop to reproduce the following Labels. They are close to the originals. If anyone would like to use them, that's great.
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files were too big. I'll try again.
I might consider doing photo silk screened copys of thise in the future if anyone would be interested. PM me.
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Today progress

Continued work on many different parts of the project today. The trim around the sink was originally a rubber or plastic. I didn't like it for two reasons. First, it just looked cheap to me. Second, it never fit the wall well, so water and other junk leaked down the back of the wall. It was a big clean up mess during restoration. I finally settled on two strips of aluminum and used Olympic rivets to install the strip. I really like the end results. Some how, to me, it looks more Airstream. Reinstalled the original lights today. They have di-cut stars in the shape. We really like these also. Anyone else have these lights? Painted the fridge front plate, furnace cover, and the stove hood. There is nothing like fresh paint. Finished new molding on another window, and started another. Finished first removable panel on the plumbing access under the trailer. It's cool to work on a bunch of different things one day and then get to put them all together the next day. I think I'll call it, "Leap frog progress".
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Hi all!
I am Mrs. NorCal Bambi (CaddyGrn) I worked on cleaning the frame of the door today, getting all the old glue/silicone/mystery goo off so Don can reinstall new rubber seal. Didn't quite finish, maybe tomorrow. Interupted by needing to fix dinner, go figure! Today I also finished cleaning out the drawers... icky goo left over from ancient contact paper lining ~ lots of work, but now much better! I just don't have the talent Don has to do "sexy" stuff... but I can clean goo! I am mechanically challenged...
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Wow! RELIGHTION instructions -- I've never seen that before!

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Thanks for catching my spelling before I took the time to make the labels. Nothing like getting a new label printed and mounted and having someone come up and say, " Did you know you spelled etc. wrong". Also I've noticed that as I have gotten older my fingers seem to fumble around the keyboard a lot like I do in general some times.
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Just another take on labels -- a little more permanent maybe. Places like Office Depot or Office Max sell self laminating sheets. They're just peel and stick. Print your labels, clear coat them (laminate) and put them on -- you'll probably never have to silk screen as these should stay good for years.

If you didn't want to use a white background you can flip the image horizontally in PS then print it to a transparency and trim to size. Put a small coating of RTV on the print side and then apply the 'sticker' to the surface. If you had a grey background you'd still have it and the inkjet letters are still protected.

Actually thinking about this the last time I did the transparency prints I had a laser printer. I'm assuming water based ink won't run with the RTV but I've never tried it.
Thanks for the tips on making labels. I had originally thought about silk screen because the heater label is on aluminum. However your idea of using transparency material and then attaching that to a piece of aluminum would work great. Thanks for the ideas.
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Time is slipping away

We will be leaving 2 weeks to the day from now to go to the Silver Springs Rally. Things are clicking away. Todays work pressurized the propane system with compressed air and looked for leaks. There were lots. It took me most of the morning to find and fix leaks. Just before lunch tested everything with Propane and got everything to work accept the Water heater. I think the thermocouple is shot. The fridge is complete assembled and waiting to be installed. All drawers and cabinet doors are now installed. This afternoon started work on the removable door that will fit over the shower drain area in the bottom of the trailer. I've also included picture of how I replaced the controls on the Bowen water heater. Completed another window.
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I didn't think that was your error -- I thought it was an actual blunder on the label. I figured you took a pic and then just cleaned it up in photoshop. Well, I'm glad we caught it then. But honestly, once it was on no one ever would have noticed -- except some guy fifty years from now and he'd have had good laugh for himself..

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Stove vent problem

Today I finally attacked the stove vent. I was installing the restored stove vent hood. So the vent needed attention. When I tore the trailer apart the was much water damage to the shelf that sits above the stove hood. What I found was what I believed to be a poor solution by Airstream.I believe that the vent on the 61 to 63 Bambi is specific to that model. If this is wrong I would like to hear from someone on that issue. In the original solution the hood vent just comes up to the outside skin. The hole cut in the outside skin is very sloppy. Then there was a four part aluminum angle frame built up around the hole. See picture with these four parts clecoed in. Here is how I'm solving this problem. 1. I make a one piece box of aluminum to extent the hood vent to beyond the outer shell. 2. This extension was cut down to 5/8 above the outer skin. 3. A one piece aluminum angle was made to rap around the 5/8 extension. 4 Great quantiles of Vulcum was applied around the hood extension and down into the space between the inner and outer skins. 5. A thin layer of Valcum was placed on the outer skin around the outside of the hood vent extension. 6. The aluminum angle was then placed over the thin layer of Valcum and the piece was riveted to the outer skin. In the picture you will see layers of waxed paper placed over the Valcum. I have found that this is a good way to control the Valcum and it shape. It just seems to be too sticky to handle any other way. The waxed paper is left on for about 3 day then removed. The results is a well formed and smooth Valcum seal.
I also managed to do additional work on the removable access doors to the under belly plumbing today. I

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Vent design question

Here is a picture of the outside structure of the stove vent. The cover you see in this picture just sit over the structure seen in the previous post. Here is part of my question. Does this design suck in water while under way because of a vacuum created while the trailer is moving. It is my thought that as air is moving over the sides of the trailer as it is being pulled down the road any open spaces in the sides or bottom of the trailer could cause a vacuum inside the trailer. This vacuum could cause water to be sucked into the back side vent because of it's location. Am I all wet here? Does anyone have experience with vents like this. Or an opinion. It is this question that make me want to try some modification on this vent. Has anyone made any mods?
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Heater Knob

Need a heater knob. Here is picture of our heater. The missing knob would be located by the bottom of the heater and in the middle. Look for the control rod that sticks out in this location.
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