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Old 05-06-2006, 08:55 AM   #1
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how to get like new, the fake-wood laminated panels ?

Hi the community;

is-it possible or is-there a miracle product, to get, as the original genuine color, all the marron fake-wood laminated plates inside my 71' overlander ?
All are a bit fair, with the time, and i've tried some products without results; Some guys recovered that with vernish but i doubt they get a good color ( genuine marroon ) after that.

can you advice me;

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Buno,

I have never seen the simulated woodgrain in person, but here's what that typically is: a photograph of real wood printed onto some sort of vinyl or plastic sheet, then glued to plywood. I am not certain what you are asking to do. Do you:

a)want to fix a damaged finish or refresh old dull finish?
b)recolor the wood to a different shade?
c)put new simulated woodgrain where it had previously been removed?

If a), then use some sort of plastic restorer, that is used on laminated counter tops. Lemon wax, floor wax, even carnuba car wax may brighten it up quite a bit. Some others here may have other ideas as well.

Just remember what Inspector Clousseau said "Is it French Wax or English Wax?"

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Hi the community;

is-it possible or is-there a miracle product, to get, as the original genuine color, all the marron fake-wood laminated plates inside my 71' overlander ?
All are a bit fair, with the time, and i've tried some products without results; Some guys recovered that with vernish but i doubt they get a good color ( genuine marroon ) after that.

can you advice me;

Thank you, by advance;

Bruno.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:42 PM   #3
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fake wood recovering

There are several companies who make fake wood decal material like 3M an avery. It was used to make fake wood station wagon sides and furniture. Available about 32 to 42 inches wide in 20 foot long rolls. I do not know where to buy them currently but Goggle should help. I used to pay about $.50 per square foot.
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Not clear...

OK, I think I was not clear in my question so I add a picture now;

I' m talking about this kind of laminated cover ( the fake wood ) that we have on the fridge, the table, all the sides on the kitchen, on the door and wall between the bedroom and the bathroom.... the color is marroon and I think that Airstream wanted to be like wood .
With the time, the color is fair so i search how to get it like new.

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Eh ... the picture

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Hi Bruno,

in europe you could try abet laminati from italy, many of the furniture manufacturers in europe use it. You could also go to a woodshop and ask them to show you their collection of laminates. Maybe you can get some samples to find the right match to your interior.
Another big big manufacturer of laminates is Resopal they are from germany as far as I know,but they also have a sales rep in belgium.

Good luck!!

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Hi Bjoern;

Thank you to give me links about the laminated woodgrains i've called fake-woods so i want to keep the genuine laminated of my Airstream and just give his original colour with a miracle treatment or liquid that I don't know if that exist...

May be nobody has thought in restauring that ? i'm a bit surprised.

thank you one more time.

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No solution ?

Hi again, sorry to insist on this subject so NO solution to get like new, the woodgrain interior ? How you do when you restaure the interior... You polish the outside aluminum like mirror and nothing inside

thank you , by advance to give me advices.

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Bruno,
They are a plastic laminate. Mine gets cleaned with a mild detergent and a soft bristled brush. If your's has discolored there may not be anything that can restore it.You could try a light coating liquid car wax. I know that if you deep scratch plastic laminates there is nothing that can be done to repair. You have to replace the damaged piece. I have one piece that is badly damaged, but it is the big section over the fridge and pantry. I am going to replace it with a new piece of plywood, but use a sold color laminate on it. I priced a new sheet of the orginal stuff from the factory and it was about $400. Some manufacturer makes a laminate very close to the orginal in my trailer, but I have yet to find a large enough piece to verify the grain pattern. IIRC it is a Wilsonart color.

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Bruno, that's what we're trying to tell you. That material is a plastic with a fake wood grain graphic imprinted on it. If you had a photograph or a plastic laminate counter top that had faded, there is nothing you can to do "un fade" it. That's the pitfall of using "New" materials like these: they are much more difficult, if not impossible to restore, unlile wood and metal, where you essentially physically remove the top layer of the wood or metal to get at a protect surface below it. If you did that to the laminate, you would destroy it. Chemical colorings won't work because:a)I have never seen one specifically made for that purpose, and b)the laminate will not absorb stain or paint, the making it "cover" the surface instead of tinting or refreshing it.

I agree that if there is a solution to be found it is probably in either car-care, like waxes or Armor-all, or look to a building center where they have countertops for kitchens and see if they have any counter top care products.
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