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Old 02-08-2014, 01:50 PM   #1
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Question New here. Need suggestions.


I'm full-timing in a 1974 27' Overlander and I'd love to make the space nicer. There has already been some remodeling done, so it sports bamboo floors in the main cabin and some kind of aggregate in the bath.

The vinyl wall coverings are all original, and I can't seem to get them clean. I'd like to paint. In scanning some of the threads here, painting this vinyl sounds like a real headache.

My ideal solution would be one where I could so a simple prep (cleaning or sanding or primer) and then paint. I spend a lot of time here in my tiny home and just want to have it feeling fresh, but I don't have the budget to invest in power tools or loads of equipment-- and I'm living in the space full-time, so I can't have a work-in-progress for days at a time. I have nowhere else to sleep. :-)

Any ideas or resources that could help me? Much appreciated!

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Old 02-08-2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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Sorry but painting vinyl or plastic is problematic, particularly a surface that you will walk on.

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Old 02-08-2014, 02:12 PM   #3
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Lots of folks have successfully painted the vinyl. The secret seems to be to get the surface as clean as possible and then use a primer like XIM or STIX before the final coat.

Consulting with a real paint store like Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams will get you great answers as opposed to a big box store where the guy answering your question may just have been promoted from fertilizer sales...

If you get a chance go to the interior restoration sub forum and graze some of the posts put up by folks who have done it.

Enjoy the journey,

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