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Old 02-19-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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'70s Plastic Cabinets

Can these be painted or do I need to replace them. My new, old 77 has plastic cabinets and upper bins and they are ugly! What about interior walls, can they be painted? I assume it's some sort of plastic as well? Complete newbie and trying to figure it all out. Thank you!

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Old 02-19-2012, 09:36 AM   #2
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What upper bins are you talking about/ AFAIK, the only "bins" are the old brown plastic bins that go in the lower storage areas under the beds and gaucho.
Oh, and those brown bins will crumble to dust if you give them a hard look.
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I painted the interior walls and upper storage cabinets in my 82. It turned out great. Tape up well and take your time.
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I painted the interior walls and upper storage cabinets in my 82. It turned out great. Tape up well and take your time.
Assuming you have tambour doors in your upper lockers, did you paint that too?

If so, photos would be great...
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Wow, C_Lewis, your walls and upper storage with the roll doors look great. It looks like you painted the upper storage as well? Are the slide up fronts on that storage called the tambour doors? Brand new!
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Here are a couple of photos of my 74 Argosy tambour doors over the front, after painting with Krylon Fusion satin white paint. The upper end caps were also painted. The trim insert is countertop plastic laminate, cut into strips and butt jointed.
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I painted the overhead bins and the tambour roll up doors with krylon satin spray paint. The walls I painted with a brush and small smooth roller. I will post some pics soon
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Barry, a member in Florida who goes under the forum name Sneakinup, did an absolutely astonishing renovation of a 1970's trailer mostly using spray paint.

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Assuming you have tambour doors in your upper lockers, did you paint that too?

If so, photos would be great...
Here are the pics of the upper lockers with the tambour doors. I painted the lockers over the kitchen counter, dinette, and over the front couch. The spray paint is a must to get in all the nooks.
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VERY nice work. I like it a lot.

Did you remove the tambour doors from the cabinets to paint them?
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I actually painted them in place. It took longer to tape them up than to actually paint them. They were a yellowish color when I started. The repaint made a big difference.
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And I removed mine and painted the tambour outside, where I could see it easier. Then the end cap was painted, with everything removed from it, so masking was less of an issue. Still, when painting inside, wear a mask, do it on a nice warm and dry day, and use a big box fan exhaust the air and overspray paint dust.
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And I removed mine and painted the tambour outside, where I could see it easier. Then the end cap was painted, with everything removed from it, so masking was less of an issue. Still, when painting inside, wear a mask, do it on a nice warm and dry day, and use a big box fan exhaust the air and overspray paint dust.
That is exactly right. Masks and ventilation is a must if painting inside....good call!
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Thanks for all the great info!
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