Originally Posted by centennialma
Andy........was the vinyl insert used on all years of Airstreams?
On my '66 the channel doesn't look like it would "hold" an insert. It's painted (flaking and peeling) right now.
Thanks for your input!
Vinyl inserts were first used in the 1974 models.
Some prior years had moldings that were either painted, or had blue "electrical tape" installed.
The painted portions of the moldings will not peel, "IF" painted properly.
Mask off the part of the moldings that you do not want to paint.
Properly sanding the insert part, not scuffing, but real sanding with 120 to 150 grit sandpaper, does the trick.
Then use a high quality epoxy, followed by a high quality spray paint.
If cheap paints are used, expect early failure, guaranteed.