Polishing and Painting

Polishing sucks…OK…It sucks!  But…the results make it all worthwhile. We did a first cut with Nuvite last year to get the worst of the corrosion off but haven’t really had time to work on it since then. The Vintage Airstream Club Rally is this weekend so for the past few weeks we have been trying to get more done on the outside. Besides polishing, one priority was to repaint the badges and install the blue plastic trim insert.  After driving ourselves crazy looking for automotive paint, in the right colors and in small quantities (don’t need a quart!) we decided to just go with what they had at Auto Zone. We used Rustoleum Enamel spray paint. The blue was really the only color that had to be perfect, and it was. I painted the  “Airstream” letters on the front and back by spraying paint in a cup and brushing it on. You had to paint fast before it dried but it worked! To paint the red, white and blue “International” badges I taped each area off  and sprayed them. On the white section I just painted right over the “International” then quickly used a rag and thinner to clean the paint off the chrome letters. It was much easier than trying to tape it off…I tried that. I used the same method on the ID plate on the front…just painted right over the whole thing then wiped it off with thinner. I put 3 coats of paint and then a clear coat over everything…hope it lasts! The blue trim snapped right in and matched perfectly. It was really warm the day I installed it so I tried to get it in there as tight as possible. It was cold that night and the next morning there was about an inch long gap next to the badge where it had shrunk. I was sick! But, after the sun hit it, it expanded and fit perfectly again. Oh well…it’s hot here most of the time anyway!

We are still a long way off on the polishing but with the paint and trim…she looks fantastic! We are off this weekend to The Lone Star Vintage Airstream Club Rally in Bend, Texas. We can’t wait to see all the vintage trailers but mostly to meet up with friends again. The theme is “The Shagadelic Airstream Gig” so…think hippie! We are camping at The Barefoot Camp and RV Park located right on the Colorado River. Hopefully there will be enough water to play with our kayaks!

I’m not sure if we will have cell service but if we do, I’ll be posting pictures on instagram. You can follow me @stephanieintexas or @danintexas. It’s going to be far out and groovy weekend!

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