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Need Airstream stovetop refinished/plated

RFQ: I have a Steel range top that is from a vintage 1968 Airstream camper. There are several pieces. One is 16" x 20" x 1". It is the COVER piece and does not have any cut outs but is hinged to the second piece. The metal is 1/8" thick.

The second piece is 16" x 20" x 1" also but has three cut outs that are 6" in diameter. This is the RANGE EYE piece.

There are three pieces that are the same size, hollow and cylindrical and measure 5" x 2". They are 1/4" thick. These are part of the fixtures that carry the GAS.

All five, the COVER, RANGE EYE, AND 3 GAS pieces, need a satin polished finished, to look like stainless steel (that's what we thought they were, they look like a stainless steel sink). These pieces have begun to rust and WILL hold a magnet. The last piece is 16" x 20" x 2" and the metal is also 1/8" thick. This piece is the LIP around the entire range so it is simply large rectangular cutout surrounding the COVER and RANGE EYE pieces. I think that it was originally chromed, but the chrome finish is now peeling. The LIP needs a bright shiny polished finish or possibly the same or similar finish as the other pieces if that is more cost effective.

We would rather have this refinished so that we can keep the camper in as original shape as possible. However, we do hope that the price won't be cost prohibitive. Thanks in advance for your prompt response.

Donna H [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
homeowner - Brevard, North Carolina

Ed. note: Sorry, this RFQ is old & outdated, so contact info is no longer available. However, if you feel that something technical should be said in reply, please post it; no public commercial suggestions please ( huh? why?)

The above entry is an RFQ for metal finishing services, but those readers who would like to chat about Airstream issues can please see letter 5613. Thanks!


Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey
April 30, 2008

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