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Old 08-11-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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wood-like laminate in 72 Tradewind

Does anyone know what the dark wood-like laminate is that is used for the cabinets throughout the 72 Tradewind? Or what kind of wood it is supposed to simulate? I need to match it to replace some missing pieces. If anyone knows where to get it that would be great too. I attached a picture. It is the laminate on the dividers and the cabinets and trim pieces.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:57 PM   #2
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Plastic Laminate

Hello Timkim,

I'm sending this response from maccamper who's out working on our awning hardware right now.

We have a 1974 Ambassador with the same woodlike finish. It's a good probability that it is a plastic laminate made to look like walnut -- very popular in the 70's. A couple of sources of information on the laminate would be Wilsonart.com: Welcome! and/or Formica Corporation - North America Naturally, the new laminate would not have the "patina" of the 1972 finish.

Good luck with your search ...

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Old 08-11-2008, 04:03 PM   #3
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you'll not likely find anything that matches it. I work for an architectural firm, and we have every sample known to man in our library...there isn't anything quite like that made, that I could find. There are a couple of things that are "close"...but no cigar. the thing about the airstream stuff is that it has grey flecks going through it...simulated "aging", I guess. anyway, your best bet is probably salvage or e-bay.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:24 PM   #4
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Well thank you both, Mrs. Maccamper and Chuck. Walnut gives me a place to start searching. But, I have a feeling that you are right, Chuck, that there isn't anything quite like this stuff. I am hoping I can get a close or reasonable match. If not I'll formulate plan B.

If there is anyone out there who has found something close to this original Airstream special, I'd love to hear from you.
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I think the stuff is supposed to be oak. At least, the stain I got that was closest to it claimed to be oak stain.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:06 PM   #6
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I have a product from metroflor I got out of my dads house when he passed. I dont know where he got it from but his Kitchen floor was done in it. It was the closest thing to your interior I have found. I have the same interior. The sample I have look like the exact same thing. It is Metroflor product 30113. called "winsted" Now when I go to there website it doesnt match the item I have so. It isnt a walnut but it does have the character of Tiger oak stained dark. Ifg you find out I am intrested I have been looking a while. There is a place in west coast that makes the tambour doors also.
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Thank you all for your help. It's looking like I may be able to scrape enough together from some of the parts we took apart and won't put back. If it turms out we need to find something I'll post what we come up with when we find it.
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The closest I've found as a colour match in real wood to the laminate used in my 72 Tradewind is mahogany.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:54 AM   #9
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You might try birch plywood stained with a water based Minwax stain - I believe the color to look for is coffee, it is a store mixed color. Finish with a satin polyurethane. The color is close but it still lacks the wood grain pattern in the original stuff.
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For anyone who might also be looking for flooring (or maybe it could be creatively used in other applications) in this dark wood pattern, I found something I think is pretty close. I followed Mustang's lead and went to the Metroflor site, www.metroflorusa.com, and in their Tru-Woods Collection in the stained oak catagory it is called Mountain Oak.
It seems to be plank flooring because the dimensions are 4" X 36", but the gauge is 1/8" and it is "hardwood flooring sealed in protective vinyl", which leads me to think it may be vinyl tile. I can't tell.

Anyway, if some one is interested and wants to do more research they may come up with something useful.

Metroflor is linked to Konecto flooring, which sells at Home Depot. So maybe it is also available there.
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:53 AM   #11
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laminate available

Tim,
I have removed many cabinets and tambour from my 75 sovereign that appear to be the same as your finish. I have lots of parts for sale. What are you needing?
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Tim,
I have removed many cabinets and tambour from my 75 sovereign that appear to be the same as your finish. I have lots of parts for sale. What are you needing?
Barbara
Do you have a classified ad posted? didn't see one...

I need the big horizontal tambour door for the galley cabinet...
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Hi Barbara, thanks so much for the offer.
At this point we don't seem to need anything--yet. We have been pretty good at recycling what we started with and we have also incorporated some maple plywood into the cabinets, and then, there are the work arounds. But, we still have a lot to do. We are planning to do a desk/dining table combo up front and the bed is still in the planning stages.
It is possible that we will need something in the near future. We plan on finishing the major stuff and being liveable & mobile by the end of this year. And, yes, I would bet that your simulated wood pieces would match ours. Can you give me a better idea of what you have available?
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Tim and Chuck,
I have a friend that is trying to sell these for me. She is out of town until Sunday. So she or I will get back with you on Monday to let you know what is still available. Thanks for recycling!!
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