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Old 05-04-2009, 01:58 PM   #15
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My 62 looks like Moby Dick. It was painted at some point after 64 and looks like a professional job with white over a dark primer. I dread stripping her. It was not painted as it came from the factory. I know because this trailer was on the 63-64 Around the World Caravan and is in a lot of photos from the trip unpainted. The good news is no silicone. Someone sealed some of the seams with tar.
Why the spread eagle on the LPG bottles?

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Old 05-04-2009, 02:47 PM   #16
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We have friends whose trailer went to a dealer (who shall remain unnamed) for a clear-coat repair. The repair (re application?) did not take. Even after a couple of tries. The dealer offered to paint it instead and our friends agreed. It looks great. And you can't tell it is painted until you get pretty close.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:01 PM   #17
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We have friends whose trailer went to a dealer (who shall remain unnamed) for a clear-coat repair. The repair (re application?) did not take. Even after a couple of tries. The dealer offered to paint it instead and our friends agreed. It looks great. And you can't tell it is painted until you get pretty close.
Painting an Airstream with the clearcoat is rather tricky.

The aluminum, prior to painting, must be "chemically clean."

Once it's properly cleaned, the paint must be applied within about 2 hours. If not, the clear paint will bead up like mad, since the bare aluminum will oxidize ever so slightly, that fast. That creates a huge problem.

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Old 05-04-2009, 03:26 PM   #18
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Wally 1956 European Trailer

This is not a historical thread, but a thread dealing with Airstreams as such. (Floors, furnances and other items of restoration.) I will post a picture of Wally's trailer.
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:09 PM   #19
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Awesome pic PeeWee! Mont St. Michele is one of the neatest places to go to... one of my favorite experiences... too cool you chose that picture to send
I thought I had seen a few painted AS in pictures but they always looked much duller than the one I'm asking about... they always looked like the Argosys.... because this one looks so shiny I had to ask if anybody was familiar with this specific finish on a 77 Sovereign. What's funnier is the fact the gentleman that owns it has 2 other MHs he wants me to post for him (84 Pace Arrow and a GMC MH) plus a 5th wheel, a dually, a Chevy truck... I swear the list kept going! My initial offer was "hey, I like Airstreams, there's this great site, I can help you try to sell it..." Now, I'm gonna post the AS and the 2 motorhomes, that's it... but the funny part is everything I looked at on his property had the same description come out of his mouth "top of the line"... everything was "top of the line"... he just kept saying it... anyways, because he thought everything he owned was top of the line I had to find out if that was truly case for the AS.

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Old 05-04-2009, 04:58 PM   #20
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Here's a photo of a full body paint 25' Safari with a dramatic striping job.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f465...e-40248-2.html
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:32 PM   #21
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Hi Folks,

We have a club member in the Piedmont NC unit with a painted 99? Safari 25ft..
I remember seeing the unit a few years back at ODM.
I think it was a brownish/gold color.

It can be done.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:40 PM   #22
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Three years sgo while in Boothbay Harbor Maine (great plsce) a fellow from Florida (if I remember correctly) gave me a tour of his Airstream motorhome. As I approached it I couldn't help but think how this very much older unit looked better than my almost new Safari 22 (traded her for a 25'). His motorhome was painted a beautiful metalic silver. When my trailer gets much older it is something I would consider.

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Old 05-04-2009, 06:57 PM   #23
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Why the spread eagle on the LPG bottles?

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Andy,

Your guess is as good as (and probably better) than mine. This trailer had extensive modifications, both at the factory and on the road. The gas lines between the tanks are arced upward. Maybe a 3rd or 4th spare tire. The other 2 spares were mounted on the back along with 2 tractor batteries. In Thank you Marco Polo they mention one trailer having 5 flats in one day. They also may have stowed a generator there. This trailer has an original Dometic AC. In Thank you Marco Polo they mention they had a separate area for the trailers with generators because of the noise. Some things I guess are timeless.
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I appreciate everybody's thoughts... since nobody's saying it's super rare or saying it's a horrible thing I'll let the owner know and see what he wants to sell it for... if you wanna see more pics look for the ad
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:58 PM   #25
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Andy,

Your guess is as good as (and probably better) than mine. This trailer had extensive modifications, both at the factory and on the road. The gas lines between the tanks are arced upward. Maybe a 3rd or 4th spare tire. The other 2 spares were mounted on the back along with 2 tractor batteries. In Thank you Marco Polo they mention one trailer having 5 flats in one day. They also may have stowed a generator there. This trailer has an original Dometic AC. In Thank you Marco Polo they mention they had a separate area for the trailers with generators because of the noise. Some things I guess are timeless.
Good place for a spare tire.

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