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Old 06-20-2013, 01:29 PM   #15
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Adhesive for reinstalling the vinyl? We like it better without. MUCH better.

I can't believe I never posted my pictures of the first section that is now finished. It looks great - we're both thrilled with the results. To reward myself, I installed some color LEDs on the sides of the light fixture, so they shine along the aluminum ceiling. Blue most of the time...red when the Capitals are playing...

Next I plan to remove the vinyl from the cabinets in the kitchen.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:45 PM   #16
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We have a 1994 Limited with faux leather ceiling. Two years ago one panel started to come down. We cleaned off the adhesive and foam from the panel and metal and glued it back in place using Rhino two-sided tape. It is intended for glueing carpet to stair steps and is quite strong. Our repair is still hanging in. Pun intended.

This past winter two panels, the front and the back, came down in a major way, beyond the "tape fix'. We had them replaced at the factory this spring. This involved removing the vinyl, cutting out and replacing the metal and glueing up new vinyl. Replacement of two panels cost $2K. On a positive note, it looks like they did a great job.

Airstream, however, are still using the same material on the Limited, at least they were the last time I looked, a couple of years ago.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:18 PM   #17
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I have used 3m spray adhesive to install car headliner and other upholstery.

Get some and try on a couple samples to work out how to handle before making a huge mess.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:10 PM   #18
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Factory adhesive for sale

I have two boxes of used factory Airstream ceiling adhesive if interested, removed from a 94 Sovereign earlier today. Photos attached, buyer pays shipping.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:29 PM   #19
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I agree 100%

I agree with Skater, pull it, clean it, leave it bare. What you don't put up won't come back down. I like the bare bones look of the aluminum, and the spiders have fewer places to hide now.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:48 PM   #20
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The first section is down. The rest can wait to be a winter project, it's just too dog-gone hot.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:30 AM   #21
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I have been following all of the threads on this subject since last summer when I began refurbishing the interior on my 1997 34' Excella. After partially gutting the interior and cleaning all of the wall fabric and removing the carpet and replacing it with cork flooring I am now at the point of removing and replacing the sagging vinyl ceiling. I appreciate reading about the experiences of all the individuals who have previously dealt with this task and the OP of this thread for the information and pictures.
Has anyone tried applying any type of surface covering to the exposed aluminum other than foam backed vinyl? Anyone try vinyl wallpaper or any other type of lighter weight non-foam backed sheet vinyl product? I am uncertain as to how well other adhesives will work with the aluminum surface but was thinking of trying an adhesive product that would be less volatile to apply and a covering not as heavy as the foam backed vinyl and therefore less likely to sag in the future, and easier to remove in the future if it became necessary (as in if my wife's tastes in color change!). My suspicions are that the slick and nonporous aluminum surface dictates the use of specific types of adhesives other than wallpaper paste but I profess complete ignorance in this area. Just looking for an alternative approach other than those I have seen discussed. I have also considered a simulated oak sheet vinyl product to match the cabinetry in the interior.
I would appreciate any thoughts or ideas - both pros and cons.
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:27 PM   #22
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Can someone that has done this give a report how many hours it took?
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:29 PM   #23
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Spent time.

I have just been doing one section at a time, rather than all at once. I'm not one of the fortunate retired ones, so Airstream chores fall in behind work, life, and VW's of course. I have noticed that each section takes a little less time than the previous, as you learn little tricks along the way. I'm hoping this week gets warm enough to start another section, as you need all windows at full tilt for good air circulation. I'd ball park maybe 40 hours total by the time I get mine finished and I'm pretty slow, but my trailer is just a 21 footer. Some days I turn the Gourds up real loud and it's kinda fun work. Other days I wonder if maybe I should just sell it and spend the money on cabin rentals.
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You might do more damage with a heat gun. Those things will put out enough heat to melt wire insulation behind the panel. You can even solder with some of them.

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Have you tried a heavy duty heat gun on the glue to make it easier to remove?
I've never done what you are doing, but I noticed when taking decals or pin strips off cars that the heat seems to help.
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When I tried the heat gun it just seemed to bake it on and make it even harder to get off.
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:01 PM   #26
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Sir Snots Alot

At last the weather has warmed enough to start stripping again.
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On my little phone screen I can't tell... is this the foam headliner or the thin vinyl bonded stuff? I am thinking of peeling my thin vinyl stuff but afraid to make a gigantic mess!
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On my little phone screen I can't tell... is this the foam headliner or the thin vinyl bonded stuff? I am thinking of peeling my thin vinyl stuff but afraid to make a gigantic mess!
It's what remains of the 80 pound per square foot, industrial strength, construction grade white vinyl, with the cheap dime store grade foam backing. Good Riddance!
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