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Old 04-14-2009, 10:21 PM   #15
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Photos of Veneer over Vinyl

Here's a couple of pics of the Oak veneer with maple stain in the 72 Tradewind. Problem is now I want to do more of the trailer. Second pic you can see the new wood in front and vinyl in the back.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:30 PM   #16
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Hey, lookin' good! What did you do to prep the vinyl, wash then TSP?
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Good question. Didn't do it myself. I think it got sanded before glued but I will find out.
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They wiped it down and used some super type of glue that I'm told will bond it together. We'll see.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:27 PM   #19
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They wiped it down and used some super type of glue that I'm told will bond it together. We'll see.
OK, well, please keep in touch on this. I find it interesting, because as with the vinyl, there are a zillion differnet types and colours of wood venner one could use.
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No experience here whatsoever, but talked to an office furniture guy who sells new and used furniture. He can and does replace these fake veneers - with something that is like contact paper but a bit thicker and with a less stretchy material than the vinyl in contact paper.

He always removes the original, then applies a replacement. I haven't seen him lately and never asked how he got the old glue off. I'm guessing some sort of solvent.

Will try to find out what he does to get the original off cleanly.

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Can't imagine stripping the vinyl off. The old panels are like an oreo cookie. There's some sort of material in the middle, not sure what it is and the vinyl on the outsides. I had to cut the end panel down to trim around the new fridge and it was slow going with a saber saw, the stuff is so old. The trick is the maple stain matches the color of the original. The veneer had a real wood grain which the vinyl doesn't come close to.
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I'm guessing the best way would be with heat. A heatgun will take paint off of wood in an amazingly fast way, how hard could vinyl be, once that old glue is softened?

The stuff I see on office cubicles (is that what he does, re-con those?) always looks much thicker and heavier than the vinyl on the AS walls. I can imagine taking off the thicker stuff, but in an AS, if it lays flat, why bother?
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That paneling on my Tradewind is over 36 years old. When I cut into it to trim it the bottom part started to disintegrate. I think that due to the age that if you tried to burn it off then the center part would crumble and fall apart, there wouldn't be much left to glue to.
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Has anyone tried this yet? Photos would be great.
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Has anyone tried this yet? Photos would be great.
Never got the samples of the new vinyl to test, Ryan. Honestly, I didn't follow up either, due to the regular l-o-n-g list of things to do that are a lot more pressing.
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Wood Veneer over Vinyl

I've replaced some of the old Vinyl panels with 1/4" Red Oak and covered most of them with Red Oak Veneer. I started with the front of the trailer and then moved back doing the bedroom. It looked so good I just had to keep going. It's a bit tricky cutting out the curves with a razor knife and glueing with contact cement is a one shot deal but it transformed the 70's Airstream to that 60's real wood look. Will post some pics soon. Each sheet of veneer costs $55, which does one panel and a closet door.
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Here's some photos of the almost finished job
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Hey, that looks great! And it blends well with the existing tambour on your overhead lockers, too..

Thanks for the pix!
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