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Old 08-25-2006, 12:11 PM   #1
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Interior Walls - Paint and Primers

I'm redoing the whole interior, I believe the walls ceiling are vinyl clad.

Not 100% sure but the rivits are not the same color so it appears it was never painted before.

Has anyone spray painted the interior with some type acrylic paint?

If so what type or brand of paint and how dis it hold up?


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Old 08-25-2006, 12:48 PM   #2
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I've seen pictures of older A/S's with painted interiors, and from what I saw they looked nice. The only comment I have for you is that if you're going to do it, make sure that the 30 years worth of grime that is on that vinyl-clad is pristine clean, or that acrylic won't stick.


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Old 09-06-2006, 12:49 AM   #3
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Interior wall paint and primer

Has anyone painted over the fake wood paneling in a newer Airstream such as a 2001? It has lots of real oak, but in places there is the fake finish which we can't stand. I'm thinking of a good primer and paint in a cream color.
I'm also wondering if others have made aesthetic changes to change the blah interior of similar trailers. Our '34 LTD looks rather boring. Thank you!
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Old 09-13-2006, 11:37 PM   #4
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Thumbs up Interior wall paint and primer.

I'm about to primer my interior vinyl walls tomorrow and I found this particular Kilz Primer, and picked this up thinking it might work a bit better. Does anybody have experience using this particular kind?
We were attracted to it beacuase it apparently prevents stains and mildew, etc. and thought that added bonus was enough to pay the extra 8 bucks.

we decided to go with the krud kutter sticky wall remover method, as it seemed to do the job, and didn't contain some of the more hash chemicals within it. So we'll clean off the walls with the krud kutter and then primer the walls. After a few weeks we will probably select the colors for hte walls, and we will more than likely use a top shelf sherwin williams, like others have on the forums.

Question: Is it really necessary to sand the vinyl walls first? It seems like the Kilz should do the job. This is a water based indoor/outdoor primer, FYI. also, the endcaps. I must say Im a bit nervous to apply the Kilz to these. I'd like to paint them, but I would hate to mess them up in any way, cause I don't necessarily mind the yellowish look, but to have them new looking and redone I think I would still like better.

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Old 09-14-2006, 01:02 AM   #5
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I have used Kiltz many times in building department store fixtures and displays. I like it because it does prevent old stains from creaping up through your top coat. However, I prefer the exterior oil base type. It is a lot tougher. It will give a primer look to your walls so consider a top coat.
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Old 09-14-2006, 08:11 AM   #6
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i definitely will do a top coat as soon as I decide which colors to go with. Thanks for the additional go ahead. I think the premuim will do the job then. I'm just worrying about weather or not to do the end caps.

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Old 09-14-2006, 08:23 AM   #7
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I'd be way more concerned with painting the vinyl wall covering than the endcaps. the endcaps are definately do-able. You might want to inquire about the material of the endcaps, though...I'm not sure if they are plastic, or fiberglass. On mine, (one year newer), the front endcap is definately plastic, but the rear...looks like fiberglass...I'm not sure.

Krylon makes a special line of spray paint that is specifically made for plastic. I've tried it, and it seems to work well. Other manufacturers have a special primer that you have to use. The issue is that your typical latex paint won't stick to plastic. I don't know if it would stick to the vinyl wall covering, but if I had to guess, I'd guess that it won't. But thats just a guess. I'd find out for sure from someone who has done it before embarking on such a project.
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Old 09-14-2006, 08:28 AM   #8
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Hi Chuck!

I'm Airspleens better half! Only you could tell us what our end caps are made of chuck! HAHAHAH I'm going to take a guess that the one in the front is fiberglass and the backis plastic? I need to do some reaseach though.

Thanks for all your help by the way! I'm so bummed I missed you last weekend!

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Old 09-14-2006, 10:09 AM   #9
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Use Bonding Primer on End Cap

I just finished painting the interior of my '72 Safari. It's amazing how such a small space could take soooo much time. I washed the sticky-icky walls down first with 409 then used the Sherwin Williams Bonding Primer that somebody else here on the Forums recommended as the only thing to use on the fiberglass (or whatever it is) end cap. It really made a good surface to paint on. It comes in bright white. Trouble is, I didn't like my first coat. What I discovered is that even with the primer the vinyl tends to pull orange from the pigment. Back to Sherwin Williams where the helpful person told me the primer could be tinted. That is a big help. So, I primered over the first ghastly coat with colored primer, then used Sherwin Williams "Burnt Clay". It still wasn't what I wanted. Rather than a terra cotta color it was very peachy--very flat peachy. So faux-painted with sea sponge over the "Burnt Clay" using a Burnt Sienna glaze and then a lighter glaze called "Earth Opal". I finally got just the look I wanted with a lot of depth and complexity. I tried taking some pictures to post here, but they just didn't really show the color and the tonal variation very well.
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Old 09-14-2006, 02:27 PM   #10
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The Sherwin Williams primer is awesome, I used it also on our A/c shroud. As it is for exterior or interior. I also love Kiltz and use it almost every day for my faux painting. Another good tip is if you want to tone the paint a little so it will have a vintage look try Trewax you can pick up a can at Ace Hardware, spot test and be sure you like it.
We painted our end caps and they turned out great, but I did prime with Kiltz and then used a latex paint no problem and it has been almost a year. 2 coats.
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Old 09-16-2006, 08:43 AM   #11
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Painting the interior walls

Everything is out of the front half of our trailer, down to the off white metal walls. What should the walls be painted with? Primer or exterior paint, what color?
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:21 PM   #12
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I don't know what the 79 was originally painted with... but we painted our interior of our Bambi with Zolotone. Very happy with the results! We were able to wash down the original walls well and clean them, then sprayed the zolotone right on top! It is tough paint! I think it will last another 40 years!

Color choice is certainly up to you!

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I'm very happy with my tinted flat primer/finish. It wasn't the easiest material to spray, but I think it would go on easy with a roller.

It's Devoe "DevFlex PF" (primer-finishcoat), DTM (direct-to-metal) 4020-1000. It's available from ICI paints. About $40 a gallon. Sticks to anything. Tints to any color. Acrylic latex, cleans up with water. Doesn't smell bad.

Whatever you decide, I think you need an exterior paint for flexibility at low temperature.

I wanted to try re-doing the Zolatone, but my wife said she hates it.
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Painting Interior Walls

So do you have to basically gut the inside of the AS out to get a good paint job on the internal skin? Has anyone done it any other way? Just looking for the easies method.

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