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Old 08-10-2014, 11:25 PM   #1
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'69 newbie bathroom questions

Hi all, I'm brand new to airstreams and to the forum (and to any forum in general). We just bought a 31' 1969 Sovereign. The rear bathroom seems to be in decent shape, with the floor even feeling solid when poked around (as I read to do). It's a bit yellowish with age though, and on the 'ceiling' there seems to be a couple small patches or something, that have been done at some point. I'd like to paint the tub/sink/walls white and have read up a bit on doing that. My question is about the material of those parts… Are they all fiberglass? Or are some parts fiberglass and some plastic? I'd hate to tackle the project with the kit I bought today for prepping and painting fiberglass (the exact kit someone posted worked for them in a different model/year), only to find that it works great on the tub but not the walls, or something like that, and have a big mess to deal with.

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Old 08-11-2014, 12:17 AM   #2
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pics of my bathroom

Here's a few pictures of my bathroom if this helps. Fiberglass? Plastic? Thanks
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:29 AM   #3
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Hello Keepitsimple. Welcome to the world of Airstream adventures. I think your bath fixtures are a combination of fiberglass and thermoplastic. The "ceiling" end cap is likely fiberglass. The "tub" and shower area is likely fiberglass. The sink is likely thermo formed plastic. The bench is likely fiberglass. I don't know about the plastic pieces along the walls above the tub.

My 66 has fiberglass bath fixtures. My 86 has thermo formed plastics. My 66 and 86 are stained as you describe. Many Airstreams have successfully repaired and painted these parts to look like new again. I don't know when or how, but Airstream moved away from fiberglass and into thermo formed plastics during the 70s.

You 69 appears to be in pretty good shape. Nice find. And enjoy upgrading it to make it comfortable for you.

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Old 08-11-2014, 07:26 AM   #4
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If you can get access, look at the under side of the sink and bathtub. Fiberglas will show the glass fibers on the unfinished side. Thermoformed plastic may not be the same on both sides, but it won't have visible glass.
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:27 AM   #5
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My end cap in my 68 is fiberglass. Tub is fiberglass and the sink some type of plastic. I painted the tub and sink with a 2 part epoxy tub and tile paint that I got at Sherwin-Williams. I used Krylon Fusion on the plastic surrounds. I did have my bath apart due to rotten flooring so I was able to spray the epoxy. The instructions say you can brush the expoxy paint but I did not like the look. Trying to spray with the bath intact would be very difficult plus the fumes are really bad, a charcoal respirator is an absolute must so brushing my be your only choice. The fiberglass endcap has a gelcoat finish which you can paint or there are boat products available from marine dealers to touch up gelcoat.
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