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Old 06-18-2007, 05:44 PM   #1
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Repainting AIRSTREAM logo on trailer

Aluminum requires a special primer so in order to recondition the "AIRSTREAM" signs on my '65 Caravel I will need to very carefully prime and then paint the blue background on two panels. Sounds very time consuming so I am looking for suggestions here. Probably one coat of Rustoleum would out last me. Thanks

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Old 06-18-2007, 05:47 PM   #2
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I used Rustoleum Royal Blue on the AIRSTREAM over the front window and on the plaque by the entrance door. It never faded or peeled over the 4 years I had the '77.
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:30 PM   #3
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I also just masked and sprayed with good hardware store spray paint. Has lasted for years. I think I did which saved time was use a liquid frisket to cover details. After spraying it comes right off. You can use rubber cement or a special frisket liquid from an art supply store.
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:08 PM   #4
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Here's a before and after from this past weekend. Cleaned the letters with mineral spirits first and taped it with 3" painters tape. Rubbed the letter edges to seal it well then cut out the design with a razor knife. Hit it with 5 coats of Rustoleum Royal Blue.

Photos of some others also attached - they were painted using a different method obviously. Good luck....
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:42 PM   #5
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Thanks. Very helpful. Now I see how to use the embossed/offset to make the masking easy.
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:14 AM   #6
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I used Rustoleum Royal Blue on the AIRSTREAM over the front window and on the plaque by the entrance door. It never faded or peeled over the 4 years I had the '77.
Ditto !!!! Easy deal.
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:13 PM   #7
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Nice work

This one does not look as easy. How do you handle the trailer and bicycle?

thanks

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Old 06-25-2007, 08:04 AM   #8
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Maybe someone else will chime in here but, I don't think that one was painted in the first place. If you want to paint it I'm sure we can figure out some way to do it.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:01 AM   #9
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My 'identification plate' looks just like Ganglin's, and I'm wondering if anyone else notices it oxidizes really quickly. I polished it, painted it, and put some rain-x on it just to see if a sealer would help. It has slowed the spots, but seems like I should try a wax. Anyone else notice this? (Same thing with the hinge)

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Logo Re Deaux

As promised, here is how I repainted my logos. Hopefully ya’ll can use this as a starting point and achieve even better results.
My logos were in pretty bad shape.

So I started by drilling out the original rivits

Only to discover the rivits weren’t factory original!

Why didn’t these honkin’ big holes leak? Wait a minute, what about all the other emblems?

Yup, all of my logos were repainted at some time in their history. And someone even got the colors reversed on one of them

I will be needing some Valkum


I guess the original removal method was a little rough based on the bends.

Here is what I started with

And it’s off to the Harbor Freight Bead Blaster.

Anded here is what I ended up with. I didn’t try to remove all of the old paint, simple get rid of the loose stuff.

Using Rustoleium and two different size brushes, I dabbed the paint into the proper areas trying for a very thick layer (of course using the box for color match purposes)

And then, the trick- I used to work for a guy that in a former life made enamuled logos. He said the trick is to dry the paint from the rear to the front by using a heated plate. So I grabbed the hot plate and – If you want to try this use some common sense, put the hot plate outside and away from anything you wouldn’t want toasted if things go wrong-
Set the temp to 150 deg F and lay the logo in the hot plate. The thick layer of paint drew up to the logo so much I wish I had put on a thicker layer!


Then the final product





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Old 06-27-2007, 11:08 AM   #11
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Nice work Hi Ho. I went the lazy route and did not remove mine - used spray paint to do the one shown in Post 4. above.

Taped off the emblem 6 inches out including the raised edge of the emblem. Then taped off the white area - leaving the red and blue both exposed. Taped a piece of newpaper lengthwise between the red and blue. Paint the red then taped the newspaper up to the trailer so it billowed out but covering the red. Then did the blue. Back and forth doing this until it had 5 coats.

Let the red and blue set 24 hours. Taped them off and exposed the white area and wording. Sprayed the entire white area including what got on the faces of the letters. Then quickly wiped the paint off the letter faces with a smooth rag soaked in mineral spirits. Five coats on that part also.

Hope it will last as long as yours does.
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:36 AM   #12
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Nice work, Hi-Ho!

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Old 06-27-2007, 12:17 PM   #13
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Getting Back to the Guy on the Bicycle

So the procedure for painting the little guy on the bicycle and the trailer behind him would be to spray the area and quickly wipe off the high parts that you want no paint on. I guess later you could carefully use some fine sandpaper on the high areas. Then on to the easy parts.
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:30 PM   #14
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Been thinking about the guy on the bike. Is it raised enough that you could wipe the high areas? Thought a paper towel (thinner) might work better for that than even a smooth cloth - even wrapped over a popsicle stick tip. Make sure the wipe is just damp not real wet with mineral spirits.

I'd tape off the serial number plate and the Airstream letters - cutting out around the Airstream letters if it were me...

A note on the wording like the recessed Overlander - on that one I just taped the block off around the word and sprayed the whole thing. Then wiped the face with paint thinner leaving the paint only in the recesses. That was the easiest one to do.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:57 PM   #15
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This one does not look as easy. How do you handle the trailer and bicycle?

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For restoring this type, here's how I did it:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/419478-post113.html (#113)

http://www.airforums.com/forums/419485-post114.html (#114)

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Old 08-05-2007, 09:06 PM   #16
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I seem to remember someone (vintage trialer supply?) selling tjhose emblems. Just stamp your serial numbers into them, and you're done.
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You're correct Terry - not exact for my vintage though, no border.

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Wanting to paint the AIRSTREAM letters on our '74 A/S.
The very outside of the letters on our A/S are unpainted metal that is oxidized.
Can a person clean / renew this area of the letter before painting the rest of the letter?
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