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Old 07-10-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Freshing up the ceiling and walls

I have just acquired my first Airstream, 1992 34', and I'm interested in updating the ceiling and walls. Rather than stripping the plastic/vinyl and exposing the aluminum or using wood veneer to cover the plastic/vinyl, I was considering applying grass cloth wall covering, maybe in a wheat color to go with the built in Oak wood work. I would appreciate any advice or comments from anyone that has tried this before successfully or successfully.

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Old 07-10-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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I've hung wallpaper a few times - though I'm certainly not a professional installer. From my admittedly limited experience - I'd quail at the thought of doing it in a cylinder that doesn't have a square corner or straight wall. Gaps everywhere would be my big fear.

I love the look of grasscloth, but I suspect it wouldn't fare well in an Airstream. Propane will discolor it, cooking grease ditto. Just your breath and body moisture could make it look worn in short order.

But it is YOUR Airstream, do what makes YOU happy!

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I'd also be concerned about the glue you might use:

a) sticking to the (assumed) existing wallcovering or
b) sticking to the bare aluminum
c) "hanging in there" with the high temps our trailers are subjected to when stored or locked up

I know I've seen a lot of factory installed vinyl wallcovering that is failing over time - and that's been bonded to the aluminum panels prior to being made into an Airstream.

Also, how would the grasscloth adhere to the rivets? The "walls" are not flat & smooth, so you would have air pockets at each rivet.

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Tim,

I have hung wallpaper in our Airstreams with good success, it is not difficult. BUT you are not using wallpaper. Back from my memory years ago when I sold wall coverings and grass cloth was in vogue, in the 70's it was a nightmare to hang. First, it is a natural product, hard reeds glues to a paper substrate. It has ho give and not flex when hanging, which means you will only be able to do the straight walls in your trailer, which are very few. Second, being a natural product it was subject to mildew and rot. Third, you cannot clean grass cloth. If you do go ahead and turn your trailer into Margaretville, please post some pictures.
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Thanks for the info-what I was looking at was a fine weave. The samples I have are flexible in both directions and I believe would hang on the curved walls. What type of paste did you use? I haven't decided to do it, but I'm am curious.
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Don't forget that you can get plexiglass with imbedded grass and use it in sliders on the overhead cabinets. What was the model of international that had it a few years back? Might be more durable than wallpaper. Could be used in a shower door, etc.

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