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Old 07-26-2002, 02:05 PM   #15
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What's the best way to go about shining up the plaques and the outsides of the letters? steel wool? some kind of polish? same kind of gunk is on the alluminum housing for the tail lights.....

also, the red stripe on the "land yacht" plaque is a faded pink...what's a good match for that? my "blue" isn't all that bad...thinking it was possibly touched up before.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:31 AM   #16
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Pop rivets under blue tape?

Hi Folks,

Thank you all for the tip about the Rustolium royal-blue paint; I'll run down and buy some tomorrow. I rebuilt my tail lights on my '70 Caravelle and need blue for the groove in the aluminum casting. But that waste belt and the half belt higher up that used to have blue tape in the extrusion: There are dozens of ugly hollow-core Pop rivets holding on the extrusion and if I just paint it, those will show. Do you all think it shows not much so it is OK? I guess I'll paint it and see, all that can go wrong is I buy the expensive tape and fill it later; the paint can't hurt.

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I want to restore my airstream letters, the Land yacht plaque, and the tailight housings on my 71 TradeWind. I am looking for the best paint to use, as well as for a matching paint code.
Also, I am looking for a source for the blue stuff that goes around the bottom moulding. Is this paint or is it tape? I went searching onthe web, but had no luck so far. Someone in this forum restored an older airstream name plate, not the individual letters, with Rustoleum royal blue, but it seems the letter should be a little lighter blue.Ulness it's all faded......
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:53 AM   #17
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I took a small piece of old vinyl rub rail to the auto color store and used their paint chart to get an exact match. They made me a pint of blue, red and white. I matched the blue and guessed at the red and white.

I then went to a sign store and had them cut a vinyl sheet for the rub rail. They have computers now that do the job for you. It came out really nice. I pulled the strips off and pressed them on. That came out really nice.

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Old 10-24-2008, 11:28 AM   #18
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Can anyone tell me if the color of blue used by Airstream has been the same thru the early years? My trailer is a 59 and when I searched on logo color, I have found vague references to a lighter blue used in the 50's. I need to repaint my nameplates.
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:52 AM   #19
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The Airstream folk in the DFW area claimed that the match for our 67 is Krylon blue, available as spray, which I didn't want. So I bought the Krylon, sprayed a patch, and had the color matched to an enamel at the hardware store. (Of course, it didn't help a bit when I got home and managed to drop the new quart of enamel on the gravel. Lots and lots of blue gravel, but enough left in the can to do the Airstream a couple of times over.)

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Old 10-24-2008, 01:32 PM   #20
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I've heard of Blue Highways, But blue driveways, thats a new one.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:08 PM   #21
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I'm leaning towards Pullman Green for the trim on our Overlander.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:50 PM   #22
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Used Krylon Blue, White and Red to redo the emblems. Taped off and sprayed the rear name with Krylon also.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:54 PM   #23
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Got my vinyl inserts from Griffith Airstream Repair in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They ordered and shipped them to me. Used auto decal material to put the wide blue strip around the Sovereign mostly to hide a scratch that wouldn't buff out; however, I think it adds a lot to the look of the trailer.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:56 PM   #24
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Here's the emblem with the raised letters sanded off. You can also see that scratch I covered with the large blue stripe.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:08 PM   #25
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Wow, that looks great. Really freshens up the whole look of the trailer.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:25 AM   #26
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I'm happy with Rustolium Royal Blue

In the process of putting LEDs on the tail of my '71 Caravel, I also prettied up the blue trim around the lights and the letters back there. LED Tail Lights has a set of photos of the job; about half way down are the letters. I would like to sand down past the pitting on the letters; you can see where I got part way down and it looks better.

I put a new stone guard on the front and need to do those letters next.

So yes, it seems that Rustolium Royal Blue looked right to me. I got to be pretty sloppy because after the second coat dried, I sanded the metal and removed my slop-over. Near the bottom of the set of photos you can see where I tried and failed to make the blue band look good with paint. I'll be reading up on that later.

BTW, I put in hydraulic disc brakes (entire new axle/suspension/hubs/shocks) and added a water heater that runs on not only the usual gas but on electricity. Keeps me off the street between trips.

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Old 01-17-2009, 09:00 AM   #27
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Anyone have a picture of what this nameplate looked like originally? It's on my 1975 Tradewind. I can see there was some royal blue on parts... It also appears the the "Tradewind" script groove was painted white. Any of this could have been done by the previous PO's so I guess I'm wondering what it looked like originally.

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Old 01-18-2009, 07:31 PM   #28
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Blue rim and blue letters

Hi there,

I may have a note somewhere about blue paint. I used Rustolium Royal Blue in a can with a brush and I thought it looked just right. My photos may not be faithful to the hue and saturation of the real thing (a Photoshop error on my part). One thing that I need to do better is grind away on the pitted silver stick-up parts of the aluminum castings that are the letters and get down to nice pure smooth metal instead of stopping too soon like I did and leaving pits. http://www.diggles.com/airstream/080...ring_paint.jpg There is plenty of metal sticking up and if I grind down below the pits, it'll still have plenty of metal and look really nice and silver. I just slopped paint on there and sanded it second rather than being careful; it was easier that way.

About the band; I understand that there used to be blue tape there and somebody suggested I contact a sign-maker shop to sell me some. I tried painting the place where the tape used to be but there are rivets in that depression that look really silly with paint on them. http://www.diggles.com/airstream/080...Need_strip.jpg

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