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Old 08-08-2005, 08:55 PM   #1
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How to restore the model nameplate?

I have wanted to do this for some time now and recall reading a couple of years ago,how someone managed to re-paint their model nameplate.For the life of me,I can't seem to find it.

I am not referring to the style that AirstreamDreams.com sells....my coach is a '67 and has a different nameplate by the entrance door...the one that is about an 1/4 or so inch thick.It has the VIN number,as well as make and model of coach(in my case,Safari).I understand that these came painted from the factory in traditional A/S colors?All the paint on mine is long gone and I would love to bring it back to it's previous colored glory....has anyone done this to theirs?Any tips?What color paint goes where etc.?I imagine a very tiny paint brush is used?

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Same process
http://www.vintageairstream.com/rr_t...nameplate.html

I have also heard you can do it by wiping the paint into the textured areas and off the smooth.
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:11 PM   #3
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Nameplate Restoring

My Nameplate Is Also Very Weathered But Last Weekend I Meet A Couple From Ophiem, Il. Who Are Gutting And Modernizing A 1969 A/s Overlander. Their Coach Has The International Trim Package On It And The Nameplate Is, From Left To Right, Red, White, And Blue. I Think That Is What My 1967 Safari Must Have Been Too! Not Really Sure Though, As It Is So Faded That It Appears To Be The Same Aqua Color As My Oven Door And Interior Is. Perhaps Someone Could Enlighten Us? My Trailer Also Has The International Trim Package. Ed
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My Nameplate Is Also Very Weathered But Last Weekend I Meet A Couple From Ophiem, Il. Who Are Gutting And Modernizing A 1969 A/s Overlander. Their Coach Has The International Trim Package On It And The Nameplate Is, From Left To Right, Red, White, And Blue. I Think That Is What My 1967 Safari Must Have Been Too! Not Really Sure Though, As It Is So Faded That It Appears To Be The Same Aqua Color As My Oven Door And Interior Is. Perhaps Someone Could Enlighten Us? My Trailer Also Has The International Trim Package. Ed
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The nameplate on both '67 Safari's I've owned did not have those colors. I only
find blue and aluminum/grey, but mine are also badly faded. I don't think the Int. versions were different.
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Same process
http://www.vintageairstream.com/rr_t...nameplate.html

I have also heard you can do it by wiping the paint into the textured areas and off the smooth.
Great to know the blue paint to buy. Is there a correct color for Red or White?
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:16 AM   #6
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Nameplate Vs Mfg Vin Plate

Sorry Murray, I Was Referring To The Original Post On This Thread By Charcigar. Who Was, I Believe, Asking About Restoring The Airstream Nameplate To The Right Of The Main Entrance Door On The Coach. It Is Located Just Below The Window And Contains The A/s Nameplate That States Both Mfg Sites In Jackson Center And Santa Fe Springs. It Also Has In The Center Section, Land Yacht And The Vin Number Of The Trailer. The Third Is The Model Name Segment, (in My Case Safari). The Red And White Are Bleached Out On My Plate, There Is Still Some Very Faded Blue On The Safari Plate Area. I Will Check The 1969 Trailer Of Andy And Hilarys' To See If I Can Confirm What I Stated In The Earier Reply. If Anyone Can Shed Any Light On This Topic Please Let Me Know.thank You.....ed
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I do not have my camera where I am working on my trailer so cannot take a photo but have found this image:

http://www.vintagetrailering.com/air...0nameplate.htm

...this is the style of nameplate I am referring to.This one looks like it has been removed at one point and then riveted back on.Mine does NOT have rivets.

Hard to tell if this is the original paint job or if it has been redone....and if it's been redone,was it painted to original specs?

Can anyone confirm?
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Just bumping this up....only have a couple more days to get this part painted properly(trying to get it done before an upcoming Rally!)....can anyone tell me what the original color scheme was?Andy,do you know?Photos of one,perhaps?Painting tips?

Help!
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Looks easy.Lightly spray with royal blue spray paint then wipe off with rag dampened with solvent.
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Does this help?

Looks like it was sanded smooth, buffed, cleaned, painted then wiped clean. The paint in the crevices remained.

Search the Forum for the blue color code.

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Thanks for the photo...that's very helpful.

I understand that Rustoleum Royal Blue is the paint color of choice for the "Airstream Blue" shade......I just could have sworn that the there was also some white painted on those model nameplates as well.....I think on the bars above and below the VIN numbers?
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That is exactly what I did. Rustoleum Blue sprayed into a plastic dish and then brushed into the letters with a thin paintbrush. Buff off the excess and buff the rest of the metal until it shines. I sprayed a few coats of clear acrylic to protect it and its looked great for years.
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Charcigar, I Went To Look At The 1969 Ambassador (w/international Trim Package) On Andy And Hilarys' Trailer. It Is A 29 Foot Coach. The Nameplate Is Painted Left Side Red, Center White, And Right Side Blue. The Color Matches The International Plates And Rub Rail Colors On The Rest Of The Coach. The Recessed Areas Of The Plate On The Left And Right Are Blue To Match The Individual Letters That Spell Out Airstream On The Front And Rear Of Their Trailer. This Also Matches The Restoration To The International Plates That Appears In A Post By That Name In This Very Forum. It Is How I Am Going To Repaint Mine And My Hubcaps Also Match That Paint Scheme! Hope This Helps......Ed P.S. Andy And Hilary Also Have Some Interior Parts Listed In The Classified Section That They Are Trying To Sell If Anyone Is Interested. I Have Seen Them And They Are In Good Condition...FYI
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Thanks for looking into this for me Big Ed.I read through the other post you mentioned....if all else fails,I will go ahead and paint according to that color scheme.

My Safari does not have the Int. options...so I am still unsure if it would have had any Red on the nameplate originally.Ideally,I'd like to paint this to match what it looked like in 1967....but if it cannot be confirmed,I'll just go with the red,white and blue...should look nice anyway.

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