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Old 09-29-2006, 01:33 PM   #15
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as far as "silicone" goes, I think I've seen more people say "no" to that than "yes". anything liquid will get soaked into the slats, and make them swell.
Hmm, curious ... I didn't think as far as Airstreams being different from my Argosy's plastic tambour. I think it's plastic -- I'll have to double check next time I'm out at the Argo. Yes, the backing is a weak point.
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:47 PM   #16
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maybe I'm in a minority, but I actually like tambour doors. They save space, always close - even if accidentally left open and ours have held up fairly well. If we ever need to replace, we'll replace with tambour.

When we got our Minuet, the axle was shot and the trailer rode hard. It took a toll on the cabinets. They practically shook apart. Rivets and screws tweaked and pulled and the tambours didn't run smoothly because they were binding on tracks that weren't plumb. Once we replaced the running gear and tightened up and repaired the cabinets they worked well and still do. My only complaint is that the little plastic stops that hold them open have started to crack after years in the desert - anyone have any direct replacements?
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Old 09-29-2006, 02:23 PM   #17
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maybe I'm in a minority, but I actually like tambour doors. They save space, always close - even if accidentally left open and ours have held up fairly well. If we ever need to replace, we'll replace with tambour.
I am glad someone else spoke up in defense of tambour doors. I was afraid I would be sent to Forum Pergatory, but I like them as well. The PO of my trailer took very good care of them. Most of them have had new backings put on them and the are very functional. I have one small one under the stove that is split, but since it is a wasted space I wedged it closed.
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Old 09-29-2006, 03:26 PM   #18
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Another vote for the tambour , I like the look and the function , they're never in the way . A good cleaning of the tracks , especially the spiral where it rolls up will do wonders.

A plea to those who choose to remove them . Please don't throw them out , offer them up , someone needs them.
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Old 09-29-2006, 03:32 PM   #19
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Another vote for the tambour , I like the look and the function , they're never in the way . A good cleaning of the tracks , especially the spiral where it rolls up will do wonders.

A plea to those who choose to remove them . Please don't throw them out , offer them up , someone needs them.
And it doesn't hurt that your tambour doors are in fantastic condition, like the rest of your rig!
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:26 PM   #20
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And it doesn't hurt that your tambour doors are in fantastic condition, like the rest of your rig!
Thanks . No it doesn't hurt at all .

I have repaired tambour before for roll top desks . I found a canvas/nylon blend material and glued it to the back and it worked slick
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:48 PM   #21
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Another vote for the tambour
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Old 09-29-2006, 06:25 PM   #22
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The tambour doors in my newest "1977" addition are all in good shape as well. Maybe that comes from sitting in a shed for the past 15 years. I hope to operate them gently for years to come.
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:36 AM   #23
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greeting all, my cabinets are all open caverns-- not a single tambor door. I am concerned that if I mix new tambor rolled wood or veneer with the old cabinets it's going to look hokey. is there something that refinishes the cabinets themselves, dressing up that drab brown?
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:46 AM   #24
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Refinishing cabinets is the least expensive way to go to get a fresh look.

To get all of the color options available, prime the cabinets first with a Pittsburgh Paints Seal Grip primer. Then you'll be able to paint over it with any paint or color that suits your contemporary taste.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:15 AM   #25
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if you can get a hold or watch DIY's restoration of the '70s overlander, they replaced the tambor doors. it looked like an fairly easy project. the trick was to wind the spindle/rod, then attach the tambour door thus creating the resistance for the door to roll up. you'll find all the info here, including where to purchase the tambor from the DIY website;

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/ab_aut...206793,00.html
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Sherwin-Williams Bonding Primer is fantastic. Somebody here on the Forums recommended it for painting the interior. The cool thing about it, is that they can tint it too to minimize the number of coats.
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Pittsburgh Paints Seal Grip primer.
I should have said Sherwin-Williams Bonding Primer
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