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Old 01-05-2011, 10:12 PM   #1
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Can't stomach screw holes in new Airstream interior...

Ok Ladies and Gentlemen of these here fantastic forums,

I need some how-to info / possible moral support on a problem the wife and I are having with our new Airstream. We have a 27" International with pristine wooden interior walls (well, they're probably laminate covered particle board actually - does anyone know?).

We want to attach one of these ikea metal magnetic boards to the wood just beside the oven (on the wall in the red circle in the attached picture). Why? So we can post up magnetic spice / other goodie bins while we're stationary.

Here's the dilemma. We don't want to put holes in our wood panel walls.

I can only imagine how ridiculous this must sound to many of you who have gutted and rebuilt AS's, but I'm nervous about poking holes in anything. Remember the first scratch / dent? They hurt!

So, here are our questions:
- If this were my house, I would just spackle and paint over the hole. I don't think that will work on the particle board-esque material, would it?
- If no spackle, how DO you repair holes in the interior wood-like walls?

That should be enough to start the conversation or welcome heckling. Either way, we look forward to your responses.

PS - I searched for this topic, and trolled lots of posts for more info but couldn't find any. If posts or threads exist, I'm sure 2air will point me in the right direction
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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Maybe Velcro strips? I drilled holes in mine for an Ikea spice rack and don't regret it.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:24 PM   #3
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Consider very carefully before you put up the magnetic board and then consider it a forever part of the trailer.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:31 PM   #4
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blmithch5 - Nice job! very pro. Velcro is an option, but I'm not convinced i could get the sticky off the wood after a year or two. I might as well drill small holes at that point.

We were going to try the 3M sticky hook command strips (minus the hook), but same thing. Didnt want to mark up the shiny new wood panel.

John - I was afraid of that answer, which is probably what we'll end up doing.

Thanks!
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:33 PM   #5
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Greetings........

First off...see whats on the other side of the wall, and how thick the wall is.
A spice rack is a fairly common addition, although some people want
to keep vintage Airstreams original. Others want to make the camper
their own, with their own touch.
Anyway, you could consider using aluminum rivets to fasten the rack to the authentic imitation wood. It does seem silly to worry about the holes when you take it down. I'd say leave it up , or don't put it up. But if you did put it up and then take it down , you could put rivets in to fill the holes and people would think they were meant to be there.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:38 PM   #6
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle.

Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. We've all had similar feelings. Whether it' s a brand new Airstream or loving restoration, it's hard to drill that first hole or experience that first ding or mishap.

As to your question, there are wood filler products that either start out in the shade that you want or are stainable. You could also consider using two sided tape to attach your magnetic disc to the wall. This would work but may result in much great finish damage when removed than several little holes would make.

Part of the fun of an Airstream is making it your own. Go ahead and make the modifications that you want.

We have had our Lucy for nearly 5 years now. We hve spent almost 800 nights in her and have pulled her 70,000 miles. We've drilled a few holes and gotten a few scratches and dings. The only way to insure that your girl never gets dinged, scratched, or damaged is to keep her at home and never use her. How sad would that be?

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hi dekew...

i c 3 issues n ur post....

1. patching nicks n holes.

2. how 2 stick stuff 2 the wallz sans holes or with minimal trauma

3. gett'n past the newbie stage, in other words...

beating up the stream.
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1. silicone or urethane sealants like those used for showers/galley gaps,

can be used to fill tiny holes, then a few days later when dry...

"painted" with a permanent marker (black) this works well and is durable.

2. the magic of minnesota mining and manufacturing (that would be 4m)

has been helping us stick stuff 2 the walls 4 many years ...

see post #5 here...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f335...tml#post410505

as un UPdate every item hung in that report is still hanging (now 5 years) with the command products.

it's very good, very stable and will handle relatively heavy stuff too (like 1-3 LBS heavy)

other tricks in these threads...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...dge-31610.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f39/...ock-46061.html

i have complete confidence this magic stuff will support the magnet board, IF properly applied.

Command

while thinking 'permanently' is a good idea,

i have had to REMOVE 2 items hung using this stuff and without issues.

3. as for the hebbie jeebbies 'bout scaring the stream, many have this condition...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...age-41254.html

it seems that after about 8-12 monthly payments and a couple of visits from neighbors...

the problem resolves naturally.

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Blmitch5, just bought the same spice rack for my 1973 Tradewind. It will be my first drill and rivet. I just have to have spices, ya know! MPJ
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rivots baby

good question really,
you're right--mine's a 56 bubble so i have put plenty of holes in it as it's a total rebuid. But--I don't know if you could fix fiber board up very good after the fact. But what if you used RIVOTS. rivots always look cool no matter what. you still have to drill some holes--It sounds like you want to use the trailer how you want so I give you permission! and it looks like someone else just said the same thing. I agree. think hard--make your alterations but don't do anything you think you'll want to undo.
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Cabinet Makers use famawood for filling small holes. Sands very easy, excepts stains and sold in a number of species. Never will be perfect but you can get it to blend in. Availible at Louis & Co.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:19 PM   #11
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Hi, dekew. I have mounted several things in my trailer using 3-M two sided automotive side moulding tape. [the gray one wrapped in red plastic] Like side mouldings on a car it can be removed and cleaned like it was never there. Won't hurt anything. And I will never worry about them falling off. The pictures will show a coffee cup, two plates, two plaques, two wine bottle plaques, and one Eiffel Tower picture, all mounted with two sided tape. I did however drill two holes for the mounting brackets for my clock. I almost forgot, but the Silver Lady Statue is also held in place with two sided tape.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:23 PM   #12
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3M Command Strips

I love command strips! I've hung a paper towel rack, a clock, hooks and several other things. The strips come off cleanly even after months.

Use plenty.

While underway I take my clock down (it's ceramic) and if I had a spice rack with glass bottles, I'd put them in the sink while traveling. I have little magnetic spice cans, I stick them to the side of the stove hood.

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Blmitch5, just bought the same spice rack for my 1973 Tradewind. It will be my first drill and rivet. I just have to have spices, ya know! MPJ
It's perfect for the AS. Just make sure the lids are screwed down tight.
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:27 AM   #14
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Blmitch5...After seeing your earlier pic of the Ikea spice rack, we picked one up on our next visit...

I passed the old original plastic rack to another AS friend that wanted to keep an original 'look' to his rig...

Now for the fun part...after installing the new Ikea rack with rivets, I selected spices to fill each jar...good job...

We hooked up the AS a few days later and hit the road for a trip to the coast...After stopping, I entered the trailer to find two of the new spice jars missing from the rack!

There was a bit of an aromatic herbal 'air' inside...but here's the kicker - I could only find one of the jars and both lids! We have vinyl floors that I installed, and those jars must have rolled all over the place, and I still haven't found that one missing jar!

I suspect it found it's way under the stove cabinet that also holds the heater, and has worked its way to the back where I can't see or feel it...someday it will probably roll right out in plain sight after another road trip!

Moral to my story...If you install an Ikea Spice Rack, be sure that the jars lids have been secured TIGHTLY, or remove em' before hitting the road!
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