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Old 03-16-2020, 08:52 PM   #1
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Brass Badge Logos

The "AIRSTREAM" logos on the front and back of my trailer failed.
At first I just planned on replacing them, but that wouldn't be any fun. Plus they're $110 each for the set.

This is the back set:


I found a font in Solidworks that is pretty close to the one the factory used and drew up some letters with the same size.


I had them cut with a CNC laser shop with 3/4" around the letters so I could use the 'drop' as my line up tool.


There's more radius to the panel than I thought, so I rolled them with a sheet of stainless so they'd lay flat.
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Old 03-16-2020, 09:01 PM   #2
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I used the drop to line up my letters and glued them in place with this stuff called Lexel. Not sure if that was a good choice, but I'm experimenting.


I thought I could apply just the right amount of glue, but I still made a mess.


A couple days later I pulled off the template and then spent a couple hours carefully removing all (most of) the glue.


It looks pretty good, but I put a few scratches in the brass removing the glue, and I realized that even fingerprints left orange spots of oxidation.


When I have some time, I'm going to put the template back up there and polish the letters. I bought some brass preservative called Protectaclear. It's a lot like Everbrite, but made for polished metal.

I'll update as I go.

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Old 03-16-2020, 09:09 PM   #3
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I also refurbished the emblems. I don't know if these are badges, emblems, logos, or what. I painted the background with Charcoal Grey instead of the light blue that was there. Looks better now that I removed the blue striping.

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I just realized looking at this pic this was before I replaced the chrome beltline bump strip. 2 hours removing the old 3M glue bonding and buffer wheel residue, and about 10 min to apply the new bump rail.
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Wow, nice job!!

The 'golden' color of the brass does reflect what we pay for our Airstreams...

Perhaps some good old Brasso on the letters? It shouldn't harm the aluminum.
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I used the drop to line up my letters and glued them in place with this stuff called Lexel. Not sure if that was a good choice, but I'm experimenting.


I thought I could apply just the right amount of glue, but I still made a mess.


A couple days later I pulled off the template and then spent a couple hours carefully removing all (most of) the glue.


It looks pretty good, but I put a few scratches in the brass removing the glue, and I realized that even fingerprints left orange spots of oxidation.


When I have some time, I'm going to put the template back up there and polish the letters. I bought some brass preservative called Protectaclear. It's a lot like Everbrite, but made for polished metal.

I'll update as I go.

-Kevin
Nice job Kevin....I'll take a set.🤓

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The letters of AIRSTREAM can be rearranged to spell I ARE SMART.
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The letters of AIRSTREAM can be rearranged to spell I ARE SMART.


I can not tell you how much I want to do that!!!!
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