Water Heater Door Replacement

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Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby usachris » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:21 pm

I didn’t like the worn looking water heater door on my ‘99 so I did a quick upgrade to a new door. It looks great and was so easy to swap out. And it is all aluminum. Not painted plastic.
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BEFORE - Worn and tired.
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AFTER - Kinda amazing!
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New door included important info on the inside.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby 190-b-651 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:18 pm

Definitely looks better.

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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby Choptop » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:27 pm

And still available, a linky please.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby usachris » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:55 pm

I got mine off eBay. The cheaper ones are painted plastic so I avoided those.

This was the one I bought:
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Aluminum replacement Door
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I bought this parts kit to go with the door but only used the latch, spring, and hinges. Totally worth it.
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I used the latch and hinges from this part kit.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby Choptop » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:54 pm

Thank you sir, mine is peeling paint I think.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby okaynagan » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:29 pm

our door to the water heater was looking so very sad that I took a soap, water and a wire brush to the peeling surface and then painted it with aluminum colored paint. It is happier looking now and just passable for its age.
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refinished door
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I should have used sand paper to prepare the surface. Too late now, the okanagan found a new owner.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby Choptop » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:32 am

okaynagan wrote:our door to the water heater was looking so very sad that I took a soap, water and a wire brush to the peeling surface and then painted it with aluminum colored paint. It is happier looking now and just passable for its age.
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I should have used sand paper to prepare the surface. Too late now, the okanagan found a new owner.


The Okanagan will be missed.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby baggydew » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:13 pm

I ordered a replacement aluminum door but it came in as gloss white. Trying to match the paint for a 94 model. Does anyone know the correct paint code?.....or where i can get a color match? The color code on the door for exterior color is very confusing. There is a group of letters and numbers that don't seem related.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby okaynagan » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:41 pm

The color code on our 95 B190 is YN. The color name is silver metalic.

I looked up the color for the 1994 B190 and the color name and code appear to be the same. Here is a link if you want to look up the color code and name for your airstream.

http://www.paintscratch.com/touch_up_pa ... oline.html

I went to a local auto paint store with the color code from the door sticker and they mixed the paint and loaded it into a spray can. I opted to use the base coat paint with a can of the acrylic clear coat to for the second coat giving it a nice glossy finish.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby baggydew » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:06 pm

Thank you so much. I'll give this a try!
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby Choptop » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:51 pm

okaynagan wrote:The color code on our 95 B190 is YN. The color name is silver metalic.

I looked up the color for the 1994 B190 and the color name and code appear to be the same. Here is a link if you want to look up the color code and name for your airstream.

http://www.paintscratch.com/touch_up_pa ... oline.html

I went to a local auto paint store with the color code from the door sticker and they mixed the paint and loaded it into a spray can. I opted to use the base coat paint with a can of the acrylic clear coat to for the second coat giving it a nice glossy finish.


Thanks, that will help alot !!
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby usachris » Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:15 pm

See if you can get it in a high heat formulation. That would keep that door looking good for a longer time.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby baggydew » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:08 pm

That's definitely something to consider. Thanks.
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby baggydew » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:45 pm

Found a good, inexpensive spray paint match for our campers. If your paint code is YN, Dupli-color makes the paint in an 8oz spray can. The Dupli-color # is BFM0236 Silver Charcoal Metalic. (1Q, 14, D1,9Z, YN )

The can says it's a Ford color. I bought it off the shelf at Autozone for $8 and change. Refinished my heater access door and put on several layers of clearcoat. Great match!
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Re: Water Heater Door Replacement

Postby Choptop » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:49 pm

Thanks ! been trying to find a good match for my stove vent and other spots.
Any one know the color code or close for the blue ?
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