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Old 05-26-2015, 01:09 PM   #1
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Mouse fur removal with photos

Hi everyone:

I think I did what a lot of you have wondered about doing yourselves...so I am sharing photos that I hope you find helpful!

I spent the weekend updating my new airstream, getting it ready for our year long journey. We ripped out some cabinetry and will be building our own in the next two weeks. Stay tuned...I'll post lots of photos of that too!

In the meantime, here are photos of the mouse fur removed from the bunk room in a Safari 30'.

First, I did try to clean it. I used a Bizzell (?) professional model of carpet cleaner with oxyclean solution. It didn't do much. Then I vacuumed. (THAT was quite a workout!!) The vacuuming was more successful but still didn't return the mouseful to a consistent cleanliness. It was still mottled and black in spots. I'm OCD so I decided I didn't want to keep it. I want my 'bedroom' to be in perfect shape. Sleep is important to me!

I pulled off a corner and found the aluminum underneath, of course.
I'd LOVE to keep it aluminum BUT there are SO many holes in it from the previous owner who took down the bunk and put up window treatments. There's no way to smooth out the aluminum to its original beauty so I'm currently researching how to make the best changes.
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Old 05-26-2015, 04:36 PM   #2
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I'm just slightly ahead of you - and my job looks quite a bit smaller than yours - our trailer is a 2002 19' Bambi - we're just replacing the center portion of the ceiling and curved portion of the upper walls - not doing anything lower than that nor the ends. Taking out the cabinets, lights and removing the headliner was fairly easy - and enjoyable - but removing the glue was painful - got it done though and currently in the process of seeking out and then ordering the replacement headliner - we're not anxious to replace with the same mouse fur so are looking for something different.


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Old 05-26-2015, 07:35 PM   #3
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Jay, what are you going to replace the mouse fur with? I was considering wallpaper...but, that's not smart, I discovered. So...off I go to contemplate what material will be aesthetically pleasing AND provide insulation from noise and temperature.

I'd love to see photos of yours!

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Old 05-26-2015, 08:20 PM   #4
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What about covering that area with quilt batting and a nice upholstery fabric?
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:05 PM   #5
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I also had dirty mouse fur walls so I covered the fur with Aluminum, right over top. It has been a year and lots of use and still looks real good. The bedroom walls were stil clean so I left them. It's a challenge to get the corners right but lots of templates and It got done.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:12 AM   #6
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Jay, what are you going to replace the mouse fur with? I was considering wallpaper...but, that's not smart, I discovered. So...off I go to contemplate what material will be aesthetically pleasing AND provide insulation from noise and temperature.

I'd love to see photos of yours!

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Not much to see so far - here are a couple pictures of the headliner removed and the glue in process of being removed.

A couple of other things that might be of interest:
  • I used lacquer thinner to remove the glue - got that suggestion from an older thread on this forum - works OK - but ventilation is important - and was careful to make sure there was no source of spark when using it. The job was slow and messy - dealt with about a foot square at a time - applied with sections of heavy towel and scrape off softened glue with a 3 or 4 inch putty knife - mine was metal and it does leave marks if you were wanting to leave exposed aluminum as the finished product - a plastic knife might be a better choice to save scuffing. Getting the glue off the putty knife onto a paper towel is the seriously messy part - think of Chevy Chase, Christmas Vacation and tree sap .... I ended up using close to 3 quarts of thinner which seemed a lot - and given how messy the job was I can't help but think there must be a better way .... I even questioned the need of doing it at all.
  • I was surprised at the number of sheered rivets - at least a dozen - really seems to speak to the importance of wheel balancing.
  • Looking to replace with standard foam-backed headliner but haven't finished the search. Have asked for a quote on the leatherette type of headliner Airstream has used in the past. Most automotive or marine type headliners seem to come in only 54 or 60 inch widths. Other RV headliner comes in 8 foot widths but seems limited in selection.

I'll be really interested in following your own progress as you move along.



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Old 05-27-2015, 12:41 PM   #7
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Headliner removal

We too had a falling-down headliner and decided to pull it down, remove the adhesive and just paint the newly exposed aluminum. We love the result. I would think this would work for mouse fur removal as well but if the aluminum isn't in good shape then painting wouldn't look so great. I was considering covering some particularly bad mouse fur with burlap. Sort of "cottage-y" I guess.

We used Citristrip Stripping gel, acetone and lots of rags with over-your-head scrubbing! It worked and we like the clean lines. But...not a job you want to do more than once!
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Old 05-27-2015, 12:43 PM   #8
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Great renovation ideas for my trailer with unwanted mouse fur and headliner-
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:40 PM   #9
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I'm working on removing the headliner, too, and have a thread around here somewhere about it. I recently got a heat gun, so I intend to try that on removing the headliner glue.

My wife wants to remove the mouse fur...I kinda want that to be HER project. I like the idea of putting aluminum over it, though...
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:54 PM   #10
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I have noted on a previous post that I glued a rubber backed upholstery fabric to the underside of a deck on my boat. Since the fabric was a woven polyester I had no problem with mold or water leaks. The latex rubber backing was to stabilize the fabric but it worked really well with contact cement.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:32 PM   #11
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What the heck is "mouse fur"?
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:40 AM   #12
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Mouse fur is the white (or off white) fuzzy carpet-like stuff on the interior walls of some Airstream trailers. Airstream may have discontinued its use altogether. The last trailers I am aware that had it are the 2014 Classics. It was used in many models for many years.
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Mouse fur removal

Hi, This is a great thread! We are in the process of mouse fur removal right now on a 22' safari. I'm planning to finish the walls with zolatone texture paint, which apparently was used by AS at one time. My question - I've got a fair number of rivet holes to patch, some to drill out, and obviously the seams between the interior aluminum sheets. I've noticed that the factory used something that looks almost like masking tape at the seams. Does anyone have a suggestion for these plugs/seams that I can then prime and eventually spray over? The zolatone has enough thickness to hide the irregularities, but I need at least a continuous substrate below.
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We like our old Mouse Fur, and it's still performing. I AM interested in the options for headliner renewal, removal, replacement if/when that becomes an issue.
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