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Old 09-13-2011, 08:53 AM   #1
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Counter and Table Edge Trim

I was wondering if you can still get the edge trim that goes around the tables and countertops. It is T shaped and it presses into a groove cut into the edges of the plywood. My table and countertops are in pretty good shape but some of that trim is coming loose.

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Yes, try Outwater Plastics. We used this on our first trailer.

There is also a edge trim that VTS provides or can be special ordered from most hardware stores that screws on instead of going in a groove. We used this on our current trailer.

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Old 09-13-2011, 10:21 AM   #3
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Yes, try Outwater Plastics. We used this on our first trailer.

There is also a edge trim that VTS provides or can be special ordered from most hardware stores that screws on instead of going in a groove. We used this on our current trailer.

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I need it too, cannot find anything on those sites. RT
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Speaking as an old woodworker, T-molding will be an ongoing problem for restoration. I, too, am searching for solutions for a 1985 Limited which needs some TLC inside. We need both 1/2-inch and 13/16-inch T-molding for this project. I posted to my woodworking forums and got a suggestion of Patwin Plastics [http://www.patwin.com/] but have not called them yet. Experience shows Outwater is a less-than-useful source. I'll stay subscribed to this thread and update folks on what we find.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:37 AM   #5
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I need it too, cannot find anything on those sites. RT
Really? Hmmm...the links work for me. Try these...

This is the T-moulding from Outwater Plastics Page A-19

Outwater Catalogs - 2010 Master - page 19

This is the screw on type from Vintage Trailer Supplies

Countertop Moulding - 13/16" Satin

If you want to order the screw on type (same as VTS) from Home Depot or someplace else local, it's called: M-D Anodized Aluminum Counter Edging, Item #A-813. Anybody that carries M-D Mouldings should be able to order it for you. Here's a couple of pics of the M-D Moulding installed in our '56 Safari:







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Experience shows Outwater is a less-than-useful source.
You're right, they may not be helpful for DIYr's, but they have the requested product to do the job - we just used them as an "order house", not a learning center.

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We used the M-D Anodized Aluminum Counter Edging, Item #A-813, as well...it's great stuff, easy to install and looks great!. We got ours at Ace...
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These guys seem to have a pretty good selection. I will have to measure the thickness of the stock counters and tables etc. I may replace the OEM stuff at some point but there is not reason not to make it look good in the mean time.

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Yes, try Outwater Plastics. We used this on our first trailer.

There is also a edge trim that VTS provides or can be special ordered from most hardware stores that screws on instead of going in a groove. We used this on our current trailer.

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while I spend most of my time and money at one of the big box hardware stores, I find my local hardware store is a goldmine for these kinds of items. the Ace stores and other independents usually have knowledgable workers that can order just about anything.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:33 AM   #10
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That aluminum edging has a lip that sticks up above the edge of the countertop does it not? I would think it would tend to funnel water into the edge of the wood causing delamination problems. This is one problem I have with the T-moulding as well it lets water in and leads to delamination or complete distruction if the counter is made of particle board.

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That aluminum edging has a lip that sticks up above the edge of the countertop does it not? I would think it would tend to funnel water into the edge of the wood causing delamination problems.
We used a bit of Vulkem under the top edge to help with this. Also used plywood, not particle board. Having worked with both the t-moulding and the overlap, I think the overlap w/sealant is "better" if this is your concern.

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How do you bend the aluminum around the corners? Also I was wondering how it would look on the existing 1981 Tables and Counters. Are the screw holes predrilled or is that something you determine? I would think the aluminum would be more durable than the plastic OEM junk. Of course if I end up buying a 250ft roll I guess it is a moot point.

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How do you bend the aluminum around the corners?
For the overlap moulding - we just bent it by hand, it's pretty soft. We made a point to align the pre-drilled screw holes so there wasn't going to be a screw on the outside curve, attached it along one side and just bent it around the corner and used a rubber mallet to get it tight. Then we cut the last leg to the proper length. No special tools required.

For the T-moulding - we had to cut the "T" off the back to bend the trim around the corners. You do have to have a special adjustable router blade to put the receiving grove in the edge of the countertop.

As far as the look is concerned, I don't specifically know what 1981 tables & counters look like from memory - but I'm sure it would look fine. TBRich's photos show it in a 2006 Bambi (which is a beautiful trailer in person!) - the look is timeless IMO.

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Shari do you think they make this same trim with a pewter finish on it to match the rest of the trim in my 81 Excella II? The existing trim is a dark copper color which I am guess would be pewter. My tables and counters are fine but they need new trim.

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