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Old 11-02-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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25' 1976 Tradewind New Owner Few Questions - Paint Protection and Awning

Newby Exterior Questions 25' 1976 Expertise Needed
We just bought a 25' 76 Airstream that we are living in and I am currently working out of as well (I do crafts mostly and some interior type decorating and such). We are slowly restoring while living in it and I actually have some exterior questions.
I'm asking on behalf of my fiancť who is not very internet saavy... I am handling the interior stuff myself obviously

We are both excited to have made this change in our lives and are very ready to live the "Airstream Way" as they say...


I have two questions:

1. The exterior is painted over with a grey type protective paint (according to the man who sold us the Airstream) He thought was a protective cover type paint to protect the aluminum during long term storage. Is anyone familiar with this coating? And... if so what will it entail to get it off and shinned up when we are ready to do that. (I can send a pic if necessary)

2. The original Awning is actually still in pretty perfect condition (surprisingly)
and it is Red White and Blue (at least I think its the original) Could this type awning be linked to it being a "76" As in Spirit of 76? (That's what we named her too)
Is there such a thing, model etc. or did I just make up something real cool? LOL

Any advise and expertise much appreciated.
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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Can you post a picture of the paint? While I have heard of clear coat protection, I've never heard of a protective grey paint? Is it hard (like paint) or more rubberized/ textures?

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Old 11-02-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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Oh, and you can find other 76 Airstream pictures here;

1976 Tradewind 25' - Vintage Airstream

I didn't see any red/white/blue awnings but I'm su someone will be along shortly to comment! It wouldn't surprise me if it was a patriotic themed year!
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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I will take photos today of the paint and get them on this eve (I have to walk up and down a hill for internet access :-) )
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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And it is definitely hard... like a primer for a car maybe
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:52 PM   #6
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25' 1976 Tradewind New Owner Few Questions - Paint Protection and Awning

Greetings ChrisseasCC!

There are two possibilities with the "protective paint" on your Tradewind:

The first is a finish referred to as Plasticoat that is a proprietary product that Airstream utilized to protect the "sheen" of the trailers when new. This coating typically lasts ten years or so before it begins to fail as evidenced by areas of light gray or "milky" appearance of the skin. There are numerous threads here on the Forums detailing methods and processes of stripping the Plasticoat/Clearcoat and polishing the exterior.

The second possibility is that your Tradewind has been painted with an automotive or some similar finish. When an Airstream is painted in this manner it raises the suspicion that body damage repaired with bondo (or similar products) is being hidden. Should body repairs with bondo be the case, the prospect of stripping and polishing the coach will include replacing the damaged panels at the minimum (other panels may need replacement due to damage done during sanding to prepare the surface for paint). Some owners over the years have chosen to have high quality automotive finishes applied to avoid the costs involved in regular refinishing and polishing -- should this be the case, the stripping and polishing operation may not be too much different from starting with a Plasticoated coach (the issue with surface damage from sanding to prepare for the paint finish still exists).

Until very recently, there wasn't a standard awning on Airstreams. The owner could choose from a wide number of colors and designs. "Airstream Fancy" blue and white stripe Zip Dees are probably the most common awning/color combination on Airstreams, but there are any number of color/pattern possibilities from Zip Dee as well as several other awning manufacturers of the period. The red, white, and blue stripe awning on your coach may very well have been part of a Bicentennial package or something that a dealer ordered as a special promotion.

I am sure that your Tradewind will provide much enjoyment!

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Old 11-05-2013, 10:56 AM   #7
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Thank you for the responses. Photos will follow. I don't think it was done to hide body issues, only because the man we bought it from was not about wanting a profit ~ He just wanted it out of his yard (needless to say we got it at a better than great price!
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:06 AM   #8
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The awning is definitely one of a kind. I suspect youíre correct that it was a tie in to the Bicentennial. If its in good condition it will certainly be a focal point for further í76 details. For example, the Land Yacht plaque could easily be done in red, white and blue like the International plaque on the higher trim models.
As far as the paint goes it looks a lot like standard sandable autobody primer. This is usually not very tough, being used to seal Bondo and sanding scratches before the finish coats. It doesnít weather well. Try a rag soaked with mineral sprits and some elbow grease. 50/50 chance it will come off.
The problem here is that the clear coat underneath is probably in rough shape and the old primer has filled in all the pores as it was designed to do. Kevins right, youíll probably have to strip the finish.
FYI the areas Iíve had to strip to do repairs on my í72 looks pretty good with a coat of wax.
Most of the Vintage owners will tell there as few things more rewarding than bringing an old coach back to life. Keep at it, and post pictures of the progress.

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My 1978 Avion had a homemade rock guard on the front, terrible job. It was also hiding some even worse body work ie bondo. I used a citrus strip and it came off, not easy but not that hard to do.
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Thanks for all the responses and keep em coming! We need all the ideas out there for possibilities!
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