Paint or strip vinyl clad aluminum walls?
After recently removing the interior panels, I'm wondering about removing the vinyl altogether; I'll have to do either that, or paint. Trying to decide.
While most of the walls clean up fine, there are some areas that are permanently discolored, and won't ever clean up. I don't mind the original "look" of the textured vinyl, but I really don't like the fact that it eternally leaches glue to the surface, creating the sticky-coating that attracts dirt and mold, and has to be scrubbed regularly to control.
Does painting stop this process, and permanently seal that glue in? Or do they continue to bleed sticky goo?
I've seen stripping threads, and how it can be done, etc. What I wonder is how it is going to look long-term. The modern "ccd" style bare walls from the factory aren't really "bare;" they're clear coated.
I don't know what is to be found under my interior skins, but on the back, the aluminum is painted. Removing the vinyl with stripper would certainly strip any paint, too...but it would also strip clear-coat, if there was any. So the bare aluminum might look nice when first stripped and cleaned of glue, but what is it going to look like in a few years? Like the exterior of an old trailer? does it need to be polished? I certainly don't want to sign up for that.
OTOH...I also don't like the crud that accumulates on the sticky vinyl in areas that are difficult/impossible to access to clean. (sigh).
And what is it with the entry door? That seems to mold-up really fast..must have something to do with the screen door being held close; I'm not understanding why that is, you can see it in the pattern that develops.
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