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Old 08-30-2009, 12:47 AM   #1
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Exterior Emblem

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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Old 08-30-2009, 01:41 AM   #2
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Looks great!

What kind of paint & what were the names of the colors that you used? When you say sanded, what materials did you use for that (grit #)?

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p.s. Just looked at your AS photos. We are doing a nautical theme too! Yours looks great!
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:51 PM   #3
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Hi Mary, thanks for the compliments.

The paint I used was Chrysler Intense Blue Pearl, paint code NG CC 422 PB3

I like the color a lot better than the Ford Blue, which is the closest thing to what was original, according to the folks at the Mother Ship in JC.
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Ours in need of rehab as well, with peeling & faded paint. Have you redone your main emblems in the side of the AS? If so what paint did you use for those? What was your sanding technique used?

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Old 08-31-2009, 06:48 AM   #5
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I did indeed redo the main side emblems, using the same Chrysler Intense Blue Pearl (in a spray can), Porsche Guards Red and I can't remember the name of the white, but it's pretty bright (I think it was Ford Oxford White). I masked off The red and white part and sprayed the blue first, then let it dry for the day. The next day I did the opposite and sprayed the red (mind you, this is on both sides). The final day I masked off the blue and red parts and sprayed the white. Once the white had dried, I carefully, with my fingernail, cleaned off the chrome "Airstream" script. The one thing I never did do, which I will probably get around to soon, was spray clear over the whole thing, but it still looks new two years later.

If you pull a search on my screen name, you'll find pics of the side emblems....I redid them in the summer of 2007, when I was at Ft. Huachuca, AZ and bored out of my mind (I was there for a three weeks school).

If you can't find them, let me know and I'll try to find them for you.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:58 AM   #6
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I'm intrigued by your work but am at a complete loss as to how you accomplished it. If you wouldn't mind, can you share some details? What did you actually sand? I'm thinking that you painted the area of the recessed letters (Airstream & Sovereign) and then sanded the top to remove the excess so that the paint only remained in the recessed area of the lettering. Is that right? But the surface looks pristine - not like it was sanded at all....

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Laura, you're absolutely right, that's what I did...the trick is what you use to finish the surface. I started with 120 grit, then moved to 220 grit, then finished with a 320 grit buffing wheel on my Dremel. When I was done, I clearcoated with Krylon.
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:43 PM   #8
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Fred,
Couldn't you also use a thin coat of vaseline over the main part of the plate? This is what I did for the letters on my International emblem. The white paint easily came off of the letters.
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Absolutely! I just didn't happen to have any on hand, nor did I really think about it at the time...it was Saturday and I was bored.

Mike, that emblem looks awesome! Way better than mine does. What colors did you use?
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Now the real mother was the "International" script, in the rear!
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I just searched the forum for my side emblems...can't find em! Oh well, here's the end result on the road-side and curb-side, respectively.
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Laura, you're absolutely right, that's what I did...the trick is what you use to finish the surface. I started with 120 grit, then moved to 220 grit, then finished with a 320 grit buffing wheel on my Dremel. When I was done, I clearcoated with Krylon.

Thanks for the details... now I know what to tackle when I'm bored too! Though it won't happen soon with my list of to-do's.

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Not sure if this was easier but for the letters, I painted by hand/striping brush, then wiped the top surface of the lettering off with a cotton rag holding my finger as flat as possible. This avoided having to sand the surface after painting.





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Nice work! My 65 Amb. has a black background on the front and rear AIRSTREAM plates.Anyone know if this is correct?My ID plate (near door with the biker pulling an AS) has a blue field.It has a thin gold frame around it.These look original but thought the front and rear were blue.
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