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Old 06-30-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Made changes to my control panel

I finally made some changes to my control panel. I took out the clock and the inside outside thermometer. Both were broken and looked terrible. The plastic that covers the control panel was falling off. I was going to remove the plastic but after looking at all the guages and wiring I decided not to remove the plastic even with it turning yellow from age. I decided to take a thin piece of birch and mount it over the area where the thermometer and clocks were. I painted it the same color of my interior trim . After the paint dried I mounted a complete weather station. The weather station will give the time, inside and outside temp, barometric pressure, sun rise and sun set. The clock is an atomic clock which is a nice feature. I feel it does the job and looks pretty good. I also replaced all the small light bulbs in the control panel.

My wife put tape over the gauges and where the lights for the control panel are. She made perfect circles for each light indicator. I told her not to paint until I can find out if that plastic over the control panel will hold paint. Has anybody painted the shiny plastic over the control panel?

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Old 06-30-2009, 05:24 PM   #2
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I don't know where it's located on this forum, but try to search on how to clean that yellowed plastic with a hydrogen peroxide mixture. Once you put this concotion on the plastic and put it in the sunlight (it might take a few times), the original color will come right back.

I'll be doing this to my front inside cap, when I get the time.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:02 PM   #3
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Stingray: Thanks for the info.

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Old 06-30-2009, 09:10 PM   #4
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:31 PM   #5
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Gary:

Thanks for the info. I am not sure which way we are going to go with this.

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I finally made some changes to my control panel. I took out the clock and the inside outside thermometer. Both were broken and looked terrible. The plastic that covers the control panel was falling off. I was going to remove the plastic but after looking at all the guages and wiring I decided not to remove the plastic even with it turning yellow from age. I decided to take a thin piece of birch and mount it over the area where the thermometer and clocks were. I painted it the same color of my interior trim . After the paint dried I mounted a complete weather station. The weather station will give the time, inside and outside temp, barometric pressure, sun rise and sun set. The clock is an atomic clock which is a nice feature. I feel it does the job and looks pretty good. I also replaced all the small light bulbs in the control panel.
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Pics??

I've thought a lot about this aspect of the trailer, too. My clock works and I purchased a new temperature unit, identical to the old. I have a modern digital temp guage for inside and outside temps, but I'm not sure where I'll mount that, though.
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I am posting a pic. I am not finished with it yet. I am going to put some trim in the middle seperating the wood and plastic. I am also going to get some metal trim to put in the middle of the tambour doors. I feel for what we are trying accomplish for our trailer this is sufficient. It works. You will notice the blue tape over the lights. I will paint the shiny part so it will all come together. I will put the outside sensor somewhere under the propane tanks.

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I built a stereo cabinet this weekend and my wife painted the tamboor doors with Krylon fusion. Somebody posted what paint they had success with so we bought it and tried it. WOW!!! Good Stuff!! We also put handles on the Tamboor doors. We did not want dirty fingers getting on the new paint. Check out the pics.

Jim who is doing the complete restoration on a 73 Overlander did a cabinet for his radio. I just looked at his cabinet on the airstream forums and tried to make one similar to his

On a sadder note I had to rip out part of my tub area because my faucet started leaking terribly. It was not the water line connections. It is in the internal part of the faucet. I will be buying a new faucet and putting back the tub area tomorrow. I ruined my aluminum trim inserts.

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