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Old 01-23-2008, 06:23 PM   #1
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Decorative Plate to Cover Damage?

Well, you see it's like this: While returning home from a camping trip and when turning in to a gas station with a steep driveway, the head of a two by four that I had in the bed of my truck slammed into the front of my trailer, punching a hole in the skin. Very, very sad, as my Rosie's exterior was pert near flawless before.
Now, the dilemma: I don't want to patch the hole with just any ol' piece of aluminum and rivets...what I would like to do (I think) is to devise a name plate of aluminum and center it under the front window and cleverly over the hole using rivets to make it like its supposed to be there all along. I would like to have color on the plate.
Does anyone have any suggestions on who/how to do such a thing? I'm figuring the plate would have to be 14" long by 4" to center it properly.

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Old 01-23-2008, 06:36 PM   #2
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Excellent idea!!!

Why don't you check with Vintage Trailer Supply to see if they have a vintage repro name plate that would fit your needs. If they don't, call them and see if they can help in other ways.
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Old 01-23-2008, 06:40 PM   #3
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14' X 4" sounds like you could mount a few taps on there and offer adult beverage to fellow forum rally folk!!
Or you could have a nice nameplate waterjet cut and center that baby up.
Or a Moxie Decal
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Old 01-23-2008, 06:45 PM   #4
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Why not an oval with "Rosie" and your names in small print under it..... sort of like the airforums decal?

PS, sorry about your boo-boo.

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Old 01-23-2008, 06:45 PM   #5
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Would 5x24 work?
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:02 PM   #6
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Why not move the "Airstream" sign to cover the damage? If it is over the window, put it under it.
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:03 PM   #7
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Custom Artwork!

You could get someone like a metal stamping or finishing shop, or even some local stamp your handle on it. I tried to find a large drawing (licensed) of Yosemite Sam on the Camel form the Bugs Bunny cartoon to put on my luck so far. Some of that could get expensive real quick, but look into it anyway. Go nuts--make a statement-why not!

This is an opportunity for you to do far better than my small logo aspiration. Aluminum should be an easy metal for someone with talent (that is not me!) to make you a cool custom plate. You have to sink some time & $ into it....a couple bucks more and who knows.

Option #2 use a mylar gasket and use enameld steel with art work painted on it.........? just a couple thoughts.

I am of course sorry to hear about your wounded streamer. Wth some TC it can heal just fine. Whatever you do please post it. Best wishes on the repair!
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:23 PM   #8
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I've seen those guys on Las Vegas street shops, but they must exist everywhere. They have prepared plates and computerized graphics with laser cutter. They'll program any sign to the plate size (they have many sizes and shapes) and cut it from chosen color self-stick plastic.
That makes sign with life expectancy of at least 8 years. The street sign size plate for my house cost me about $25 couple years ago.
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:43 PM   #9
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It sounds to me like this would be a great place to put an aluminum plate with your AirForums # and other info loaded onto it.

Sad to have the accident happen but at least it wasn't worse than it is.

Make sure you post a picture of what you end up doing so the rest of us have an idea of what works if we have a similar problem to deal with.

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Old 01-23-2008, 08:46 PM   #10
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Similar Idea used for Bambi hole

Sorry for the damage...good idea for a patch to cover matter what you do to cover it up, it will still be a cover-up....that's not all bad....why go with aluminum? Always go with what you like and make a statement. I put my daughters name on a heart shaped patch that was located on her Bambi where two antenna holes were located. You could use a shape that tells people about your hobby(fish, animal,or just your name that shows ownership). Just a few ideas, please post what you do so others can enjoy.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:28 AM   #11
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Your's forever? or more temporary?

Just wonderin' -

Your's forever? or more temporary?

Might impact your 'patch' and what it might look like, be shaped like, what it might say, or ???

Just got the noodle cranking, and want you to be sure to have the same when you consider this 'patch'....

Heck, this could be the "family heirloom" you have been looking to leave.... or not.

Again, just thinkin'

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