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Old 10-20-2004, 03:26 PM   #15
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Powder coat?

$22 sounds too cheap for re-chroming!? May have to send ours to your place!
What do you think about powder coating? We do that a lot - as long it will fit into our oven (we have an old, ugly $20 oven that we use for powder coating). I'll have to measure. Powder coating comes in great colors and finishes. I think we could find a nice polished aluminum. We get our powder coating materials from Eastwood Company. Has anyone done any powder coating for their Airstream?
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:48 PM   #16
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Powder coating sounds like a good idea. The finish is excellent for exterior aplications, and I know it comes in different shades of silver, but does it come in a chrome finish?
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Old 10-21-2004, 09:26 PM   #17
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Chrome Power Coating

Yes, I believe it comes in chrome and polished aluminum as well as other nice metals - and lots of colors and metal flakes. We did a few parts on our 1965 Harley restoration and they turned out great. We'll do it on the water heater access door and let you know how it turns out!
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Powder coating sounds like a good idea. The finish is excellent for exterior aplications, and I know it comes in different shades of silver, but does it come in a chrome finish?
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Old 10-22-2004, 08:33 PM   #18
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ClassicRides;
Kool! What a coincidence! You have an Airstream and a '65 Harley. I also have a
'58 Airstream and a '65 Harley "panhead". Now, don't tell me your tow vehicle is a
1950 Ford F1 pick-up because this would really be getting weird.
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Old 10-22-2004, 10:21 PM   #19
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harleys and airstreams

hey guys,

get some pics of them panheads up!

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Old 10-23-2004, 10:47 AM   #20
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While on the subject of water heater doors, has anyone used 'American Standard' brand water heater? Comments? They say they have a nice door.
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Old 10-23-2004, 01:02 PM   #21
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Aluminum doors are available for the Atwood 6 gallons "cold water" heater models.

Airstream never used a "hot water" heater. Maybe that's why aluminum doors for them can't be found.

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Old 10-23-2004, 08:43 PM   #22
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Airstream, Harley and Packard, oh my!

Okay, I'm going to try my first photo attachments (I hope I didn't make them too small). Should be our restored 1965 Harley Electra Glide and our 1970 Airstream Overlander with our restored 1938 Packard. Unfortunately they are not mine - they belong to the TV shows that I work on, "Classic Rides" and "Classic Car Restoration". We're also restoring a 1936 Chevy truck and maybe a 1950s Jaguar. Lots of work to do!
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Where could I get an aluminum door for the Atwood water heater?
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Old 12-29-2004, 10:47 PM   #24
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Try Atwood, mine is a model 8535-IV-DCLP I think they should have replacements that would work.
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Old 04-24-2005, 05:49 PM   #25
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The Atwood factory rep told me on the phone that the heater was a bolt in replacement. Wrong.. I won't get onto all that but I did use my original stainless steel door. I had a picture but couldn't figure out how to include it. The rub rail on my 69 cuts across the bottom portion of the water heater opening. A step up bracket was installed in the orignial Atwood. In other words, not only was the new door white and had ridiculous poorly designed attachments for hinges, it wouldn't work with the rub rail back in place. I built a new step up bracket based on the original design. If anyone wants more information, let me know.
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Here are a couple of doors on Ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...spagename=WDVW
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:20 AM   #27
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A better color for water heater doors.

Even on new units in the dealers lot, the water heater doors are a poor color match for the the skin of the trailer. An improvement, IMHO, is Dupli-Color High Performance Wheel Coating, color WP161 Silver. I got it at Wal-Mart for about $4 for a spray can. It is heat -resistant ( extent not specified). I am pleased with the result.
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