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Old 11-22-2008, 09:38 PM   #1
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Peeling Wallcovering

I have peeling wallcovering in my newly acquired 1976 International. I believe it is from a high-heat situation. I see no signs of moisture. This thick, vinyl like paper is very bittle and bubbling off the walls, primarily at the twin beds and the kitchen. Beneath is a wood veneerr paneling. I am considering lighlty sanding, staining and varnishing the paneling. Although Id like to keep the original paper; its too destroyed.
Any ideas on what has caused this, and how to restore the walls? Peeling is also in all the closets, etc. Thank you. Greg
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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When the wall paper begins to come off there is not much hope for salvaging it. If possible you may be able to re-glue it. As far as complete removal, sanding , staing and clear coating the paneling it all depends on the quality of the paneling. Sometimes there was a reason for the wallcovering, it covers a multitude of imperfictions. Good luck !!
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:28 AM   #3
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I have peeling wallcovering in my newly acquired 1976 International. I believe it is from a high-heat situation. I see no signs of moisture. This thick, vinyl like paper is very bittle and bubbling off the walls, primarily at the twin beds and the kitchen. Beneath is a wood veneerr paneling. I am considering lighlty sanding, staining and varnishing the paneling. Although Id like to keep the original paper; its too destroyed.
Any ideas on what has caused this, and how to restore the walls? Peeling is also in all the closets, etc. Thank you. Greg
The peeling is caused by the adhesive failing.

You cannot add new adhesive over the old, since it will shortly fail again.

The real fix is to strip the wall covering off, remove the old adhesive, by sanding or using lacquer thinner (a smelly nasty job) and then starting all over again.

Be extremely careful what adhesive you may chose to use. Cheap stuff, will fail again.

Use an adhesive that is specifically designed for wall coverings.

Some owners chose as a replacement, material called "Ozite."

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Old 11-23-2008, 07:29 AM   #4
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I used to own a 1976 International. The wallcovering did the same thing. It also came off the bathroom (that stuff was REALLY tuff!). I had the same thoughts as you about sanding & refinishing the wood. Until I took the paper off. There were large sections of the wood that had woodfill on it. So, refinishing wasn't an option. I rewallpapered with some extra heavy duty wallpaper & plenty of paste. I'm not sure how it held up, because I sold the trailer shortly after. It looked great, though. I guess you can assess yours & hope for the best with the wood, but know there is the possibility that you will have to rewallpaper if the wood is bad. Good luck!
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:41 AM   #5
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I have peeling wallcovering in my newly acquired 1976 Greg
Just to clarify. You are describing the original factory vinyl wallcovering, correct?
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I am a little confused by this as well. The original vinyl covering should be glued to the aluminum inner skin.
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Richard, this is the vinyl coverning on the wooden interior partitions.

We had the same problem on our '76. We used a hair dryer to soften the remaining glue and peeled the vinyl off. The wood is a poor quality and wasn't worth refinishing with stain, varnish, etc. We chose to paint it and it looks great.
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Got it. My 75 does not have any vinyl covering on the interior partitions.
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:25 AM   #9
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Remove the vinyl wall covering with a heat gun (not too close). Get some vinyl wall covering at Lowe's or Home Depot. It has it's own glue, which will never be enough to hold it permanently. I used sizing and extra water clean adhesive on the edges. Put the sizing on the wall (I didn't sand first) and wet the wall covering and put it in place. peel the edges back and put the adhesive there to give you extra hold. Use standard wall paper tools for the job. It works very well and I have a 3 year old job on my 78 Argosy that has been thru Oklahoma winters and summers and still looks great. PM me if you want pictures.
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Here is the before and after in the mid section. Left the bathroom door natural after removing the vinyl. It was beautiful wood and I put three coats of Bullseye shellac on it to cover the sticky that wouldn't come off no matter what. It has worked perfectly and still looks great with no sticky stuff.
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I used citri strip on wood after using heat gun to strip off vinyl worked great, no more sticky glue
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