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Old 05-03-2009, 08:19 PM   #1
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Anybody seen a painted Airstream before?

Hello everybody!
We met a very nice couple at Meaher State Park here in Mobile yesterday... the husband helped us with some Trailing101 (it was our Airstream's maiden voyage with us, and our first time 'Streaming!) and he mentioned that he had a 1977 Sovereign and that it was in great condition and we should come check it out... now, I'm a newbie to the Airstream world so I love looking at other trailers so it was an obvious "ok, we'll come look..."
I was puzzled when I first saw it because:
a) it was painted pearly-grayish-white
b) the stripe on the side that's usually blue was red
c) the bottom was painted a dark gray-green-black
d) next to the sovereign nameplate there was an orange, circular badge with an "A" on it and the saying:
"Another Quality Product Leisure World Of Airstream"

Any thoughts? Do you think somebody simply painted it to be different? I'm no expert but it was a great paint job, looked super professional... the gentleman is the 2nd owner and said that only a small number of these were made, true?

Come on o' wise ones! If somebody knows something, cure my curiosity.

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Old 05-03-2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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Well, it's not an Argosy (no panoramic window up front). A silver painted Airstream can be hard to tell from more than 5' away. This one looks a different color. Have a paint chip?

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Old 05-03-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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They were sometimes painted from the factory, for one reason or another. Usually they are painted silver, and any striping is the same color as the non-painted ones. One of our forums members has a factory-painted Overlander.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:52 PM   #4
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Big Al and his wife, Jean, have a beautiful AS that is painted. The silver almost perfectly matches the aluminum color. Their model came that way!
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:55 PM   #5
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ALL the Squarestreams came painted from the factory.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:56 PM   #6
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Wide red stripes have been used as well as blue.

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Old 05-03-2009, 10:07 PM   #7
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There is a red one for sale , the kind you drive on PCH in Malibu.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:42 PM   #8
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at the KY Rally I Saw a couple that was from Canada and there's was painted from the factory
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:37 AM   #9
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There have been a couple of folks here on the forum that have painted their Airstream silver metallic. I know one forum member that painted his Argosy silver. Lots of folks repaint their Argosys when restoring them so it's not that surprising that someone painted their Airstream. I would guess they painted it a non-silver color to be different or that was what was available at the time that was compatible with aluminum. Since the strip is red, either the "different" reason or maybe it came from the factory that color.

Either way, it looks like a really nice Airstream and looks like they take good care of it.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:14 AM   #10
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Thanks everybody! Good to hear some thoughts regarding the paint... I described it as whitish but, I suppose, it may be gray/silver... my eyes are so used to looking at aluminum now that they didn't know what to think of the color...

Minnie's Mate: it is very well cared for and clean on the inside... the other reason I am curious is because when speaking to the couple they are wanting to sell it... I told them about this wonderful place online called "" but they aren't computer savvy, so I offered to take some pictures and post an ad for them. But I had no idea what I was looking at...

CanoeStream: thanks for reminding me of that resource... I looked at all the pictures and none of them show this AS's kitchen layout, it has an angled sink with swing out carbage can beneath it... the ID plate says the year of manufacture was 1977...

This must've been the "cadillac" model for its time and he's only the 2nd owner... the rear has twin beds, then the middle bath with full shower, a wall full of closet space, Zip Dee awnings throughout, even the control panel/box/tank and electrical info/guages is above the cooktop not at the front of the trailer, make sense?

I guess I'll get the ad posted when the gentleman tells me what he wants to sell it for... appreciate everybody's feedback!

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Old 05-04-2009, 07:35 AM   #11
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at the KY Rally I Saw a couple that was from Canada and there's was painted from the factory
Was that Big Al's? When I saw his painted Airstream I didn't even know it was painted. It looked great. I would love that easy care finish if it ever got to the point that the corroision was too bad and IF I could afford to have the Airstream painted, which I doubt I could or would. I would probably trade her in on something with 4 season insulation though.

The pictured Airstream in the first post is really sharp looking.

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Old 05-04-2009, 07:40 AM   #12
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I've never seen an Airstream like that! Don't tell this around but I kinda like it! Saw an 80's Airstream at an auction a couple of years ago painted silver. You couldn't tell it from a distance. The elderly owner said he bought it in Arizona, the previous owner had painted it to keep it cooler. The trailer was beautiful but the paint which had some damage was the only thing that kept me from bidding.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:57 AM   #13
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Hey Bimpy... I'll let you know when I place the ad because I'll have more pictures to post... I just wanted to post this one pic to find out what its story may be.... it is super nice! the couple is here in south Alabama and he kept telling me I needed to buy it but I had to tell him I am perfectly happy with my tradewind... sovereign's a bit more trailer than I need... tried it once, sold it to a nice couple from Minnesota when I realized I would not have the financial resources to redo it.... anyways, this ones all original on the inside and looks nicely cared for... the paint is amazing! I had to run my hand over it cause it looked so slick, very well done... it's was a sight to see...
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:15 PM   #14
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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.
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