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Old 05-23-2010, 10:53 AM   #43
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:41 PM   #44
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redo on trim

Heres a pic of the reanodized gold trim plus my flag redo.
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:20 PM   #45
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Great job, Steve! Those look great.
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:48 PM   #46
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Quick question, how do you get the emblems off that are secured with spring clips? Is it just a case of prying the clips off with needle nose pliers? I need to whip the "Overlander" off with out snapping anything.....if possible.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:00 PM   #47
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Quick question, how do you get the emblems off that are secured with spring clips? Is it just a case of prying the clips off with needle nose pliers? I need to whip the "Overlander" off with out snapping anything.....if possible.
If you have access to the spring clips on the inside of the exterior panels I would say the best way to remove the clips is... (1st) Clip one off with snips or diagonal cutters and find a one for one replacement spring clip. Then (2nd) clip all remaining spring clips off so that all studs are still intact. Then (3rd) gently lift emblem from exterior panel by sliding a Plastic scrapper beneath the emblem at a point close to each stud until emblem comes loose from the panel easily. This way you will have all the original studs to vulkem and reattach the emblem with the new spring clips. Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:02 PM   #48
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Thanks Ed, I'll be giving it a try this weekend.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:17 PM   #49
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Heres a pic of the reanodized gold trim plus my flag redo.
Those look great Steve!
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:07 PM   #50
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Those look great Steve!
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The flag was the tough one.I stripped them then sanded down to rough up the finish.I then sprayed primer let sit for a day.I masked off and painted the blue again drying a day.I used tape to mask the stripes then carefully cut out the white, ,painted, and let sit for 2 days.Retaped then cut out the red ,painted and let sit 2 days.I used body tape instead of painters tape.It is yellow and does not pull off the paint.
I pulled all the masking off then cleaned up with 2000 grit in the crevasses.
Sprayed the whole thing with clearcoat.
About a week to do,but with automotive paint and clearcoat it should last awhile.
A really gratifying project!I will shortly be posting pics of the Ambassador and International script I just had rechromed.
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There are some really nice restored emblems and trim here. I removed my rear AIRSTREAM letters and had them powder coated, then I painted the blue inlay. I sprayed them with clear enamel. I polished the area where they mount and reinstalled them. Here are the results.

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Old 07-16-2011, 06:41 AM   #52
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I know it's not much, but when I get one more emblem finished, it makes our Sovereign look that much better.

This one was a real PITA to do. In retrospect, I probably should have masked the area around the emblem and sprayed the letters, then sand...what I did was handpaint the letters and sand, then I clearcoated. Oh well, it was fun and made the time go by, while I was on leave.

Here's the result. I still haven't painted the area above the "Land Yacht" part in light blue, because I need to get a punch set and redo the letters and numbers there.

BTW, I know the bottom part, under the "Land Yacht" is where my VIN is supposed to be (need to repunch that too), but what the heck are the letters and numbers above the "Land Yacht"?
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I am restoring this same plate for a current client(hopefully she does not see me asking and the surprise will be just that, a surprise. I always throw in a bonus to all my clients). Do you have any images of what the original looked like? Do you have any more details of your finished product? I have been looking at my example here and here are some observations I have made. The color in the lettering to the left and right is not black, it is a very dark blue. The blue in the center area is ford blue or similar. The blocks that the serial number is stamped is white.
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Anyone else have some images of this name plate?
Though, "I ARE SMART" spelled out cleverly to also say "AIRSTREAM" look great, I am most interested in this long rectangular plate found on the 1966 Caravel.
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:53 AM   #53
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Just for clarity, it is this emblem I am asking about.
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I am currently polishing and have it taped off.

Here are a few from RJ Dial's site. Thank's RJ for your site!!!!!!


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I think the lettering was definitely Airstream blue: 1966Overlander1 (Photo 4/27)

White "blocks" make sense but I kind of like the industrial gray look: Caravel 1966 - Photo Gallery
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This thread should help, post 15

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...e-17766-2.html
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I am also looking at restoring my SN plate. However, on my 1964 Overlander plate the "International Land Yacht" letters are not raised and are blue. The reproduction plates at VTS have these letters in silver. I'd like to restore mine and I'm not sure if the letters were a darker color blue? Or perhaps they are better preserved because they were covered with a gloss overcoat? Here's a picture. I checked the vintageairstream.com photo archives and the 1963's are all like mine,
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