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Old 06-10-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Window arms 1975 Airstream Tradewind

Some of the chrome is coming off of these window arms.(unsure of terminology)
I have found a place that will rechrome them. I need to take the arms apart. Is this adviseable and where might I get the rivits to put them back together?

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Old 06-10-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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Before you do that, try a brillo or SOS steel wool pad with the soap on it and I bet that rust will come off. Then put some wax over it to keep the rust from coming back. I do this all the time with motorcycle rims.

I am not sure how to install a new rivet like that. They may or may not be room for a pan head screw with a Nylock nut on it. I expect it will get jammed by the long arm.

Try mcmaster.com. You want a low profile or pan head rivet. You will need something like a press to mash it with.

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Old 06-10-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply....I have cleaned up several of them with steel wool and chrome polish. Some are worse than others. I would like to paint, rechrome, or powder coat. Worried about applying a finish with the arms still attached. Afraid it will just come off again.

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I think mine are made of aluminum and not steel. They look like yours though. Might be some salvage or New Off Shelf items out there out of aluminum.

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I painted mine with "chrome" silver paint, life is short. I also saw a set down with the POR-15 Silver, looked great and won't be chipping or wearing off anytime soon.

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Wahoonc,
Should I strip the chrome and then have an automotive body shop spray them with the POR-15? Will this add much in the way of surface material ?
Will they still operate and move properly with the new surface material?
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Should I strip the chrome and then have an automotive body shop spray them with the POR-15? Will this add much in the way of surface material ?
Will they still operate and move properly with the new surface material?
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The one I saw done was done by the owner. IIRC they used a wire brush to knock the old stuff off then used a foam brush to put the POR-15 on. They still operated fine. He may have thinned it down a bit.

I wire brushed mine and hit them with chrome silver spray paint, a bit of rust has returned, but oh well, life is short. I have used POR-15 on trucks and tractors and it is great stuff!

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