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Old 04-30-2014, 12:37 PM   #71
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I have refinished the overhead cabinets and reinstalled them now. Will be working on the gouchos in the next few days. The original Airstream manual suggests using Watco Danish oil for the mahogany woodwork. I have used it before on other projects (Danish wood furniture) and like it a lot. I had to order the Mahogany version of this product that has a reddish tint. It really livens up the mahogany and gives it a reddish cast. I'll upload pictures of it when I get a chance.
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Old 04-30-2014, 01:18 PM   #72
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Can't wait to see it. I believe mahogany is what I have in my trailer as well.
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I have refinished the overhead cabinets and reinstalled them now. Will be working on the gouchos in the next few days. The original Airstream manual suggests using Watco Danish oil for the mahogany woodwork. I have used it before on other projects (Danish wood furniture) and like it a lot. I had to order the Mahogany version of this product that has a reddish tint. It really livens up the mahogany and gives it a reddish cast. I'll upload pictures of it when I get a chance.
That '65 vintage mahogany was a beautiful selection. Look forward to the pics.
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I have more photos and have gotten more progress to report. The floor is down and the bathroom is in the process of coming back together! I was going to use Allure flooring from HD. I had picked out Sawcut Arazona, but it had to be ordered and was going to take 7 to 10 days. I was ok with that until I got a call from them saying it would be mid May before it would be here! I had been looking at VCT as an option, previously, but thought the wood look would complement the original mahogany. I wanted to do the job over the 3 day weekend, so I cancelled the Allure order and got the VCT instead. I think it was the better choice. It just has a more vintage look and turned out great! Here are some photos of the finished floor with 5 coats of wax.
Your VCT floor looks great! I'm ready to lay the same tile and the instructions call for rolling it with a 100# roller? did you use a roller? Just wondering how necessary it is and where in the world I could find one.
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No, I didn't use a roller. You know the carpet samples that hang in the carpet sections at the home improvement stores? I found some sitting on the street a neighbor was trowing out a while back. These samples are about 2 x 3 feet shag carpet samples. I took a couple of these and turned this with the pile side down and stood on them, moving around the trailer. I am over 100lbs, so I figured my weight applied to the back of these carpet samples would make a good alternative to the roller. I think I read somewhere that you could wrap a 2x4 with carpet and stand on that, moving around the trailer. Either idea should work. Make sure your glue is dry before setting the tiles. I started my project early evening on a friday, and was up till 2 am, because I didn't realize it took the glue a few hours to dry enough to lay the tile. Just a warning the glue takes a while to dry. Good luck with your application. It really isn't too difficult, just time consuming like everything else.
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You can get the 100 roller at any tool rental store or some box stores like lowes will rent them.
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You can get the 100 roller at any tool rental store or some box stores like lowes will rent them. Cliff
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I promised some photos of the Mahogany. Sorry for the delay but I only post when its raining these days and it is raining now! I used Watco Mahogany Danish Oil finish on the Mahogany. Most panels were able to be salvaged from the original. Some delaminated panels were repaired with yellow glue. A couple of panels were delaminated beyond saving. I bought a 4' x 8' sheet of Mahogany laminate. I cut some to size and laminated to lauan panels for the repaired pieces. This was only for the end of the side goucho. I may do the same for a new cabinet front later.

I had to rebuild the countertop, because it was in bad shape. I would have liked to use Formica boomerang but they only make it in grey now. I ordered swatches of their 100th anniversary retro designs, but couldn't come to like any of them. We finally decided on their "dogbone" design and I think it is turning out well. I will be facing the counter with aluminum trim around the edges.

Some outside work continues. New wheels have arrived and I just got tires today. I am replacing the belly pan now, and it is coming along well. Just a little bit more time without the rain and I will have it back on and complete. Then will come the propane lines.

I have a few things more complete than these photos show. My wife has been making the curtains, and we have the front goucho in with the cushions in place, but it's not ready for a photo yet because I still have lots of tools laying around. I'll take some good photos soon of the trailer in a more finished state.
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Some more photos. I can only load 10 at a time...

and a photo of the closet with the new black tank in place.

other comments... Lights and outlet covers are Rustoleum Hammered Silver. Glue was injected into delaminated panels with a syringe, then clamped until dry. New mahogany laminate, yellow glue used on both laminate and panel. Let the glue dry then iron the two pieces together. This is the preferred method of the woodworkers I talked to when I bought the laminate.
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Looks good! I have a few de-laminating spots in my trailer, I guess it's time to break out the syringe The color on your wood is just beautiful! That's going to be lovely once it's all back together.
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The mahogany looks beautiful--a deep, rich color.

How many coats does it take to get a good solid seal and deep shine on the wood? And do you have to renew the coating annually, monthly? Or at all?

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I went pretty much by the directions on the can. I put two coats on most panels. I used fine steel wool to apply. Let it sit for 20 - 30 minutes, put a second coat on and let it sit for a few more minutes, then wipe off the excess with a cotton or microfiber rag. It depends on what you are looking for. If you want a real smooth finish and have the time you could put more coats on and use fine sandpaper between coats. The more you work at it the more the shine. I am happy with my results, but like everything, if I spent more time at this my results would be even better. Unfortunately, I do not have unlimited time. I am trying to get this camper back together this season. The good thing is that I can always go back and work on the wood inside the camper later. I ran out of the first quart of Watco before I got to the kitchen cabinet and had to order a second quart. So, another consideration is how much to use. I would get at least two quarts for a whole vintage camper. Some panels seamed to have pervious coatings, and didn't require more than two coats. New panels with no coatings took more coats, sometimes 3 to 4.

I think a quick touchup or renewal annually will be sufficient, maybe one coat just wiped on and off. I think if that were skipped to every couple of years, it would not hurt. This stuff penetrates deep into the wood and seals the pores. It lasts a long time. I have furniture in my house that I used this on two or three years ago and it still looks as good as it did just after I refinished them. I think the worst thing to do is use a polyurethane finish on this antique wood. It can be so beautiful in in its more natural state.
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Your gifted and the work that you put into it is evident in the beauty of the finished product! Keep up the awesome work and photos they and you are a great source of motivation!
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Thanks for the compliments Cliff. You are also an inspiration! I wish I didn't have to lay on my back to do the belly pan. I would have preferred your method, so now I am paying the price. Hope you are finding time to work on yours. These things sure do eat up a lot of time.
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