I'm looking for recomendations on a way to make a clean repair. So here is the story: I have had this 1964
22' Safari for a little over a year and have been working on it slowly, usually during my 2yr old's afternoon naps. I have gutted the inside, but inside walls are still on. The floor needs to be replaced, but I need to get the leaks taken care of first.
The airstream has been leaking like a sieve at the front corner. So, I decited to pull off a patch from some previous owner. The patch was a thick piece of stainless tucked under the awning rail and under the top of the window and siliconed in like crazy. The patch covered a tear in the skin at the top of the window.
I'm not willing to replace the whole 4x12 panel that would involve removing tons of rivets, the door and two windows. I'm thinking of replacing the old patch with a similar sized pach of alclad, buck riveted on and sealed with Parbond and possibly TremPro 635 Polyurethane for larger gaps. It seems like Butyl tape would be too thick for a surface patch. I also need to do another surface patch for the hole where the furnace used to be and am thinking of a similar strategy. Anyone have experience with patches on the surface of the skin?
1964 Airstream Safari pictures by dharmacole - Photobucket