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Old 11-10-2002, 11:23 PM   #15
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Try C&G Trailer Service in Bellflower, CA (CGTrailer@aol.com). They have insert by the foot and prices have dropped recently. They have lots of new and old Airstream parts. They've been around for many years working on Airstreams only. Their place looks like an Airstream museum.
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Old 11-11-2002, 08:09 AM   #16
 
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Louie,

Thanks for this most valuable info. Sure is good news to have a choice of supliers

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Old 11-11-2002, 09:26 AM   #17
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Arrow Excella Blue Trim Band

If I understand this right the Wide Excella Stripe is rolled aluminum flashing (w/ blue vinyl bonded during manufacture and plasti-coat applied ??). It is apparently held in place by the trim mouldings. would it really be a good candidate for a painting that'd last long due to the vinyl and plastic-coat? But then you could paint it every couple of years I guess.

I think a decal would be hard to apply (wrinkles & bubbles) and even harder to remove later. Also it would suffer from the elements over the years.

Perhaps the aluminum band could be removed and turned over? And the back primed and painted successfully? Way too much trouble for the return.

or
Factory painted aluminum flashing (colors baked on) used to be available thru sheet-metal shops, aluminum carport/sunroom etc dealers, and custom continuous-gutter dealers. Why wouldn't this product work?

Am I right to assume the trim is riveted on and that the rivets also pass thru the aluminum flashing? If so you'd sure want to use the old to pattern the holes in the replacement flashing. Can I assume the whole band is one continuous piece?? Unfortunately it looks like the removal/replacement job would 'open-up' many possibilities for leaks behind trim at rivet holes. (areas where it would be hard to apply sealer).

Just paint it!
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Old 11-11-2002, 10:24 AM   #18
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Look on ebay

I saw a roll of the thin Airstream vinyl on ebay.
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Old 11-11-2002, 12:31 PM   #19
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Blue Stripe

I think if you ask the pros on this subject, you'll find out that painting the stripe area is the worst thing you can do...for several reasons.
First of all, as I understand it...
(and to those who think I don't pay attention...listen up),
...the original has been "Acrylic Coated" along with the rest of the exterior...and you would be painting over that; the bonding of the two is "iffy" at best. (read below)

Plus, in my humble opinion, painting anything that is not able to be sanded well and prime coated, and sanded again --- WHAT A "BOTHER"!!---is troublesome, at best.

The proper use is a stripe called Vinyl Clad, and if you ask for it by name at that place mentioned in this Thread..or ask Andy at InlandRV (on this Forum also), you can find it sold by the foot I think. I'm very close to ordering mine for "Bear"

Anyway, I am a professional designe, and deal with professional painters every day, and I say painting is to be done ONLY when you don't want to do it as a "remedy". And if you do want it for that...be sure you do it RIGHT...and plan for future "re-dos".

Somethings just should not be compromised...
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A POOR PAINT JOB (the wrong paint) used on the "Under Belly" of an Airstream...it is GAWD-AWFUL !.
In my way of thinking, the stripe would turn out to look pretty bad too, UNLESS you FIRST OF ALL taped off, then sanded well, then prime painted with an OUTDOOR MARINE basepaint, then SANDED again, then a BASE coat of your BLUE colour in another OUTDOOR MARINE paint...SAND AGAIN, the the top coat of a VERY SHINEY OUTdoor marine coloured paint AGAIN. Then, a TOP TOP coat of an outdoor CLEAR finish---like Acrylic.
The problem with all of this...is how do you get it all off when you want to REDO it? A mess! You canNOT remove the old prior to repainting it. And this would be a definite situation in a few years with the UV rays getting to it.
I personally will just get the "Vinyl Clad" from a supplier...and pray the next time I need it it's still available.
(Sorry...a little more than 2 cents worth)...
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Old 11-12-2002, 03:02 PM   #20
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Talking Don't U make My green Eyes Sea Blue?

OK Cat. I am wondering about your Airstream. In the Avitar picture it appears to me that the whole thing has a blue hue. Looks kinda like a transparent stain job.

Surely I'm halucinatin' eh Cat?
After all you don't call it the "blue bear"
Too much blue nun at breakfast ?
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Old 11-13-2002, 03:46 AM   #21
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Blue Bear

haha...hex..

that's the reflection of those Blue Skies in Seattle. Haven't you heard about them? And Bear is so shiney...well

what can I say? Put your "shades" on?
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Old 11-13-2002, 10:59 PM   #22
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Blue VInyl Clad

The small lower blue stripe is coming off Bear...EEEEEeeeeeeeeekkk! I was leaving in my car today, and looked over and about 5 feet of it is hanging down! It's badly cracked and is not fit for re-installing. It will have to be removed and replaced. All aluminum underneath. This is stiff blue plastic/vinyl.

Is this no longer available...out of stock? Andy?????

someone!?
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Old 11-14-2002, 03:56 AM   #23
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I betcha if you were to go to Andy's site..you'd find just the trim you need...
It's so easy to install, just use the edge of your finger nail to guide it.
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We not only have the insert in stock, the price has dropped considerably from Airstream, as we predicted months ago.


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Andy,,, I'm jazzed now; but it's only a 50 foot roll...so for my 32ft. I'll need to measure b/c it doesn't go everywhere...but I'll bet I'd need 2 rolls eh?

Is there anyone out there who bought 2 rolls that has some left over and wants to sell the difference?
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Sorry, it's available from Airstream in 50 foot rolls, only.


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Rolls & Partial Rolls

Thanx Andy..

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Is there anyone out there who bought 2 rolls that has some left over and wants to sell the difference?
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I knew it only came in 50 ft from Airstream (you)...
what I meant by asking for partial rolls...was>>>

If anyone had bought 2 or more rolls and had a partial left over...

would THEY sell it?
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Old 11-15-2002, 12:52 PM   #28
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Cat, I have been planning on vinylizing (is that a word?) My 75 31 foot sovereign. I have not measured yet to see exactly how much material I would need, but if you're not in a hurry perhaps we can work something out. I have not checked prices and will try and do so but my biggest problem right now is being able to get to the unit to measure how much I need. Please let me know if you want to continue the negotiation.
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