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Old 07-25-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Paper floor

I know many will call me crazy but I wanted to share how I finished the floor in our '91 Excella.
After ripping out the carpeting (the worst part of my remodel), I sanded the rough spots and filled in the screw holes with wood putty. After that I painted 2 coats of primer on the plywood.
I bought a roll of white butcher paper at Sam's in the restaurant section for about $18. I ripped pieces about 12" x 12" and crumpled them up. After that the crumpled pieces were applied to the floor with a 4" brush using a combination of about 1/2 Elmer's glue and 1/2 water. While the floor dried it left many wrinkles. That's ok. They eventually settle down and just gave me a textured look. When I was sure that was thoroughly dry I applied a coat of water based polyurethane. Before the poly dried I took a shaker of metal flake and a shaker of fine crystals and sprinkled them all over. I followed up with 3 more coats of poly over the sprinkles. I had originally found the idea for this on YouTube when I saw people doing "Paper bag floors" The paper bag floor was not what I had in mind because I wanted an Atomic Modern clean look so I just kicked it up a notch and a half. We just got back from our first trip which was out West. It performed perfectly. If I tire of it it can always be covered by a more conventional method but I don't see that happening any time soon.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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I bet it looks cool. Pictures, please?
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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I thought I had posted the pictures but where did they go? Perhaps you can go to my "Images Posted" link under my 911Patriot name. Please try that and let me know if that works. Otherwise perhaps this might work? http://www.airforums.com/photos/showimage.php?i=34949&c=507
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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Okay, I have to say that is one incredibly sleek, beautiful, and unique
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Both links work. Cool looking floor!

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Old 07-25-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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Oops, I hit send before I was finished...as I was saying, your AS is gorgeous! The attention to detail and creativity have me sitting in my own AS gawking at your photos. I am most impressed!
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:22 PM   #7
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Thank you Carol. I bought an AS just to redo an American Icon. We didn't have a hitch or any plans to camp (glamp) when I bought it on line. My poor husband he was just minding his own business watching the Military channel while I was on my laptop in the kitchen... There were times during the project when I thought what the heck did I do??? Lots of hard work but it all came together and now we can enjoy it in the driveway or on the road- We got a hitch!
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:33 PM   #8
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That is a very cool idea. I bet it will hold up longer than you think. Nice job.
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Splinter, Yes, I believe it should last for a long time. If you get any bad spots or damages on the floor you just glue down another piece of butcher paper and repeat the same process on top of it. People are afraid to walk on the floor because it is white but it is white under 4 coats of poly.
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Okay, I really like more of the 1950ís vibe but every once in a while a modern trailer comes along that I think, dang that's nice!

I clicked thru all 31 pictures, dang that's nice!

The floor is reminiscent of the formica in the 60ís with the sparkles .....

The decal place did a nice job too!
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I guess I hadn't thought of our Airstream as "modern" as it is 22 years old. However in the scheme of the Airstream world I guess she's a whipper snapper :-) The campground I tried making a reservation in in Utah told me no trailers over 10 years old. I sent them some of my pictures and they let us in. Apparently the "nothing over 10 years old" rule applies at many RV parks. Who knew?
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