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Old 04-22-2011, 11:29 AM   #1
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'74 Ambassador Interior wall question

I just purchased my 74 and the interior is pretty rough. Lots of old nasty latex paint on the walls, trim etc. After an afternoon of scrubbing without making the slightest headway, I've decided to strip the vinyl with Jasco rather than try to clean up the vinyl. My question is, are any of the interior walls or ceiling anything other than aluminum underneath? The front wall under the window felt like it was thinner than the rest of the walls when I felt it through the wire opening by the floor. Just wanna know before I start trying to strip something that can't be stripped and ruin the plastic.


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Old 06-14-2011, 11:29 AM   #2
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Hi Jonah,

In my 72, all walls and ceiling were aluminum. I double taped over the plastic wing window frames, wheel wells, and edges of the endcaps when stripping the vinyl and ran into no problems.

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Old 06-14-2011, 11:51 AM   #3
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Hey Jonah - welcome. Sounds like you have one nasty, long job ahead of you. There are several members of this forum who have completed the stripping process. Use the SEARCH function on this site for phrases like: stripping interior walls, removing vinyl, etc. You should find lots of threads.

Excluding the end caps (which are probably fiberglass and/or ABS plastic), all the walls should be aluminum. But, from what I recall reading, they are not pristine aluminum sheet (as they were not intended to be viewed w/o the vinyl) and may not shine evenly. I do remember one person using a wire wheel to put a neat finish on the walls.

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74 Ambassador Interior wall question

Greetings Jonah!

There are alternatives to stripping or painting over the vinyl-clad wall covering:
  • Hunter Hampton, the moderator of the AirstreamList on applied wood veneer over the interior aluminum panels on her coach with fabulous results. You can see photos of her coach at this link.
  • Tin Can Luv, a member of this site, overlayed the interior of his 1970 Overlander with a polished aluminum veneer and is documented on pages five and six of his photo album -- and was discussed in this thread among a few others.
  • While I haven't seen it utilized, there are a number of embossed tin/aluminum products of a decorative nature that could be utilized as well. When restoring my bungalow, I utilized products from M-Boss-Inc to recreate the pressed tin ceilings in their copper finished products. I have since considered utilizing these products as trim in some areas of both my Argosy and Airstream.
Good luck with your project!

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