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Old 11-19-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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working with new tambour

I ordered tambour from Inland and couldn't figure out how to get it to slide in the guides. Andy sent me this message:
There is only one thickness.

What must be done, as per Airstream, is score the backside of the material where it rides in the channel, about 1/2 inch from the edge that will be in the track.

Remove the cloth material and the paper that sticks to it.

Then they will work just fine.

Also that is the way everyone must do it.

We do not use any tambour unless we purchase it from Airstream, therefore it's correct since they used that same material in production.

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Andy

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:56 AM   #2
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I put in some new tambour that I bought from Outwater Plastics (the only place where I could find it in birch). I had to do the same thing, and also sand the peeled section a bit. Even then, it's a bit sticky.

I'm hoping that a combination of more sanding, cleaning the tracks of decades of guck, and a bit of silicone lube will help all run smoothly. I won't say "as well as the original" because the original tambour was 40 years old when we got it and hasn't worked particularly well.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:31 PM   #3
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I put in some new tambour that I bought from Outwater Plastics (the only place where I could find it in birch). I had to do the same thing, and also sand the peeled section a bit. Even then, it's a bit sticky.

I'm hoping that a combination of more sanding, cleaning the tracks of decades of guck, and a bit of silicone lube will help all run smoothly. I won't say "as well as the original" because the original tambour was 40 years old when we got it and hasn't worked particularly well.
Periodically spraying a little silicone spray in the tambour tracks, does wonders.

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