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perryg114 02-21-2012 07:47 AM

Beige interior rivet replacements
 
I am trying to figure out what is socially acceptable for replaceing interior rivets. I would like to go to 5/32 rivets and I was wondering if plain white is acceptable or should I try to paint them to match the interior panels which are off white. I could also go with plain aluminum rivets.

Perry

AWCHIEF 02-21-2012 08:02 AM

"socially acceptable" no such thing. The interior of a vintage Airstream is a blank slate to be made in your own image. ☺

wahoonc 02-21-2012 08:05 AM

What ever floats your boat... uh tows your Airstream:p

FWIW I have custom painted many a rivet in my day. I used to spray paint them before installation, then touch them up afterwards. I guess it will depend on how OCD you are.:lol:

Aaron:cool:

perryg114 02-21-2012 08:16 AM

Well I would like them to match but does anyone know of some spray paint that is a good match to the OEM vinly?

Perry

Melody Ranch 02-21-2012 08:30 AM

Check Fastenal. They can get a colored rivet.

RickDavis 02-21-2012 08:30 AM

i drill a bunch of holes in a board, fill them with rivets and do a mass paint job

Disneysue925 02-21-2012 08:38 AM

We have the same wall covering you have and have used the white rivets from VTS. The walls are a mottled white/beige and the white rivets blend in just fine.

Sue

clancy_boy 02-21-2012 08:44 AM

Paint them yourself or buy them painted - they always seem to need a touch up after installing. I paint ahead and have a small cap-full of paint after for touchup, that way the paint matches. Q-tips work great for an applicator.

perryg114 02-21-2012 09:54 AM

I am looking for the correct color spray paint.

Perry

Inland RV Center, In 02-21-2012 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by perryg114 (Post 1109822)
I am looking for the correct color spray paint.

Perry

The color is called colonial white.

Andy

vswingfield 02-21-2012 10:45 AM

I just use white pop rivets. They really don't show.

And before everyone piles on, I have had both graphic design and auto body repair training. White one work fine, they'll turn yellower with time anyway.

perryg114 02-21-2012 11:37 AM

I am ok with white then.

Perry

Aage 03-23-2012 10:48 PM

[waking up a post]

The Wally Byam Store in the Jackson Center plant has several colours of small interior rivets, from chocolate brown to some sort of beige.

Some say they won't sell to you direct unless you are there at the Service Center, but a few rivets hardly seems worth putting a dealer in the middle.

Inland RV Center, In 03-24-2012 03:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aage (Post 1124099)
[waking up a post]

The Wally Byam Store in the Jackson Center plant has several colours of small interior rivets, from chocolate brown to some sort of beige.

Some say they won't sell to you direct unless you are there at the Service Center, but a few rivets hardly seems worth putting a dealer in the middle.

Airstream does have contracts with dealers that prohibit them from selling many things direct.

It's a way for a dealer to have an outstanding relationship with a factory, that does not compete with their own dealers.

Granted, some factories don't give a darn, but Airstream is not one of them.

Andy

DontBSilly 03-26-2012 03:09 AM

rivet painting
 
an easy way to paint small objects (like rivets) is to stick them in a piece of styrofoam to hold them in the position you want, then use a spray can to coat them. For touch-up after installation a paper match works fine as a small brush and is one of the few things in this world that is still free.

perryg114 03-26-2012 05:12 AM

Finding the right color paint is the main issue for me.

Perry

eubank 03-26-2012 10:31 AM

Same here, Perry. I first looked at all of the fingernail polish displays at Walmart. (It's nice, hard enamel.) No dice. Seems that women in the Taos area don't use colonial white. I guess one could order a fairly close match from a site that I ordered touch-up paint for the MG just this morning, but it is a little pricy: 20 bucks for a 1.5 ounce bottle. Here's a link to that site:

http://www.paintscratch.com/touch_up...-E-(1957).html

:)
Lynn

perryg114 03-26-2012 12:53 PM

I have not gotten far enough yet to go to the touch up paint at the auto parts store and see what I can find in a rattle can.

Perry

surfpod 04-02-2012 07:36 AM

Touch up paints at auto supply stores
 
What about the touch up paint vials at auto supply stores. Once you find the right color, the vials have a little brush in the cap. I've installed white rivets that get scuffed during installation and have to touch them up. I am going to try one soon.


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