You are so right about the paint to cover rot and leaks. When we bought our trailer it was pouring rain. They said, "There are no leaks that we know of." She was parked downwind from a campfire at the camp site with the windows open, so all that you could smell was smoke. Strangely they had no camping gear or food or anything in the trailer. It was too funny. You could see the water making a big bubble behind the vinyl wall panel. After searching for two years and always being a day late and a dollar short, I bought her anyway.
I really am happy that I went with the birch and shellack. If I had more time I would rebuild the cabinets this year. Actually, every bit of advice I have gleaned from this site has been great. It is really hard for us newbies to believe that pulling off the roof to replace those panels could be a good idea, but it is soooo worth it, and lifting up the siding (or taking it off) really is the only way to fix the frame.
Cheri I am so glad you made those statements. It proves my point. Most people are scared to death to remove the skin but it's the fastest, easiest and best way to work on these trailers. Thanks for proving my point. My viewers are the greatest...
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...
I don't know if I'll go that far- removing the skins- ever...not with a baby coming in august and neighbors reporting us to the city for having a trailer in our driveway (40 foot rvs are ok apparently)after the first week we bought it. luckily-we are getting it off on its maiden voyage this weekend and then our of town by the 3rd which is our mandatory removal deadline. I think I'll ask someone with an ugly rv to park in our driveway while we're gone...since thats legal.
I agree mobiltec-people are too lazy these days-they don't even mow their own lawns or clean their own houses around here-its like a combo of lazy, ambivalence and arrogance. So- thats the reality and the reason for special build shops...which there are 2 of near me for trailers-and boy do they like to charge lazy folks for the work!
I finished my stove division wall today (will add spacer tomorrow... when we get back from the big trip I am going to try some paint stripper on a piece of the cabinetry...and pray it looks allright after some sanding so I can shellack it.
Can I shellack with a different color shellack over existing shellack or should it be sanded off first? (ugh-really don't want saw dust boogers) after installing my lovely panel---its way off the other color- guess I should have checked or thought about it---instead I went with the color I want in the trailer.
If the paint stripper doesn't work-I am refacing the cabinets with birch like was mentioned earlier-I really want the cabinetry to match and be wood.
I would agree that painted interiors aren't all bad- I have seen a few that look dandy- but its not what I want and its not appropriate in an era appropriate canned ham. Its something people do instead of the intense work of repair or refinishing I think. I'm a purist-I still run a generator on my 59 chevy and used almost all my original parts that I cleaned and painted. We re-cored the radiator instead of buying a replacement and I'm sure it was way more pricey that way. But my 59 looks like a 59- not some cartoony fad car who's restoration will be easily dated to the era of whatever fad...
I am leaving the current formica in there...for now- I may change it or leave that for the next owners... its terribly dreary and dark green...I may find a way to change it without resorting to laminate. Thanks for the heads up about the scarcity- I thought I was just bad at looking for this stuff. I may try putting stainless steel down or painting the counters with floor paint and then sealing it- (sounds weird probably-but I grew up with a painted kitchen floor that got waxed (I come from a "vintage loving/living" family)...if I go that route- I can get a nice turquoise paint and use some aluminum for the back splash. Its not like the counters will get a ton of heavy use by me anyway.
here are pictures of what counter is staying and the finished oven bay with my really dark shellack
I rounded the edge of the birch and need to shellack it and also put on the wider molding---the molding I stuck on was to make me feel better (it was what came off what was there before)