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Old 10-27-2007, 03:18 PM   #1
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I recently bought a 1970 sovereign land yacht, rear bath, twin bed. I would like to paint the interior. Would this negatively impact on the antique value of the trailer? Can I use any interior paint product? like white enamel?

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Old 10-27-2007, 04:04 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums! Congrats on your Airstream!

As to your painting question, there are probably as many answers as folks here. But cleaning up your trailer and making it look nice will only add value, it won't deter from it in my opinion. What was originally on the walls? We have vintage and kept original paint ~ zolotone. We love it and it worked well. I don't think they were still using that in the 1970s however... What you can use will be determined by what is there now... Lots of folks customize their 'streams so it shouldn't be a value problem. Generally with new goodies one puts into their Airstream, they won't get the value back out upon sale, especially if you count your time.

If you look at the top blue toolbar you will see a search button towards the right. Bring the box down and do a search for interior paint, etc. and you should get lots of threads to look through to get ideas of what you might want to do. I am sure someone has already posted info for the type of wall paint/coverings you might have.

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Old 10-27-2007, 05:22 PM   #3
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Do you have vinyl covering on the walls? According to other posts vinyl has been painted successfully. I don't think it can be removed very successfully, but do a search as above.
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:03 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by solitaire
I would like to paint the interior. Would this negatively impact on the antique value of the trailer?
It would if I was the potential buyer. It would reduce the price I was willing to pay by 100%.

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:34 PM   #5
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Our '67 has vinyl coated walls. Previous owners had painted the vinyl - dark green for the endcap, and a combination of pale pink and light blue for the rest. Not wishing to go through the process of removing all that paint, I instead scrubbed the walls, covered the whole thing with Kilz, and then a couple of coats of latex paint (off white this time!) No issues to date, and it made the Safari feel much cleaner and brighter inside. Check out the other threads on this through the search feature, and good luck with your renovations!
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Old 10-28-2007, 02:43 PM   #6
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painting the interior

Thanks for the advise, most folks that responded said it was OK to paint. I'm gonna do it.
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Old 10-28-2007, 04:10 PM   #7
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DON'T DO IT!! At least if you're planning to sell eventually. Your trailer has vinyl covering on the interior walls that can be cleaned very effectively with Softscrub w/bleach using a natural bristle brush and small amount of warm water. Wipe with a clean cloth rinsed in clean warm water. A sloppy job, but not nearly as bad as painting. If you paint the interior, you will reduce the resale value considerably AND you will have to wash the walls with grease remover anyway to get the paint to stick. Darol
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Old 10-10-2009, 05:52 PM   #8
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My first time to post we just bought a 1981 international 27 ft and are redoing it I am painting with Benjamin Moore paint aura off white ,salsa and truffle it is looking good we are going to have to put in a new toilet and traffic master oak floor its is out in the barn behind the house and I do a little everyday as my husband is now planting wheat ,soon he will be in the thick of it . It's been great fun !
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:58 PM   #9
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It will only effect the value to a purest, anyone else will just look for a nice paint job.

You bought this for you not a prospective owner in the future.
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Old 10-10-2009, 07:16 PM   #10
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Do what you want for YOU. Our vinyl had already been partially painted in our '72 sovereign, and we'll paint again when we get to that point. If you go to the restoration forums on this site, there is a lot of info about painting and the prep work necessary to do it (basically - the walls need to be very very clean to paint). There's also info on what paints work best. Some people have stripped off the vinyl and polished the walls but it is a bear of a job, from what I've read. Still, it's doable. What doesn't seem to work as well is wallpapering. Good luck!

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Old 10-26-2009, 06:17 PM   #11
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in order to cover a polyvinyl chloride wall covering you will need to use a vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) based paint. "normal" latex paints will NOT work effectively. Acrylic and vinyl acrylic water based paints will not "stick" long term to the PVC.

Off the top of my head check out Richards Paint in Rockledge, FL. I believe their "Rich Air" product line is VAE based and should work better on vinyl interior wall coverings.

I will try it out once I get my used Bambi someday and post to let everyone know.

I prefer the idea of using bleached softscrub to keep the original finish on the interior myself.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:46 AM   #12
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I painted my '73 and have had some issues. You should definately search this forum to get an idea of what others have encountered - both good & bad - and understand the different paint types used to get these mixed results.

I wasn't actually too concerned with the re-sale value of my '73. The trailers from the 70's don't (currently) seem to draw the same allure as the vinatage 50's & 60's. Mine doesn't even have real wood cabinets - but a faux wood-grain laminate. I'm sure hopeful that my re-work doesn't significantly affect resale - though I don't really plan to sell at this point. When the time comes, I don't expect to recoop much of the cost that I have already put into Ophelia - the nuts & bolts work or cosmetic.

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Old 10-27-2009, 07:26 AM   #13
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Do you plan on doing any other renovating, or are you going to restore?
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:33 AM   #14
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Thumbs up Farmgranny

We are coming along with painting job looks great and CLEAN! we are not looking to make money on our airstream just to enjoy it use it to deer and turkey hunt and maybe even live in it a while if we decide to move and build . I think each one of us has there own unique fun !

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