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Old 11-04-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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Removing paint and skim coat

Any thoughts on removing paint and joint compound from vinyl wall covering? We have a '67 Overlander and PO tried to smooth the vinyl texture Don't know why, but it is a pain to remove. Have been using Citristrip and green scrubbies, but it's getting old fast. Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
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I attempted to remove the paint from the vinyl in our '67. Like you, I used Citristrip and while some sections came out great, others didn't look so hot. After about two full weekends of stripping paint, I decided the results weren't going to be what I hoped for and repainted the whole thing. The upside is, the off-white I painted with was better than the combination of dark green, pink, and blue that were decorating the trailer when we first bought it.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. We also plan on repainting, but I would like to get the surface as smooth as possible. The skim coat is cracking/flaking in some areas and I worry the new paint won't stick. Thanks for your input.
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:02 PM   #4
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Try washing it off with hot water. If it's joint compound it will melt away and leave the original plastic walls.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:02 PM   #5
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Just use 220 grit sandpaper with an electric sander. You will need to sand the vinyl clad for paint to hold anyway. That should chip off any lose pieces and get you down to sanded vinyl. The rear bedroom in ours was painted with latex which was chipping some. This method worked well.
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:08 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice, everyone. I will give these methods a try and hope for the best.
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Thanks for the advice, everyone. I will give these methods a try and hope for the best.
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How about a heat gun and remove the vinyl.
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:49 PM   #9
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We tried using a heat gun on the latex in ours and it only heated the wall. I figured at least the latex would melt some and peel off but I didn't have even that much luck. The vinyl clad wasn't phased by the heat (we didn't want the vinyl off though so was good for us).
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:16 PM   #10
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Asbestos

I was wondering if there is any material that contains asbestos is in my trailer. Does anyone know what the wall insulation is made of on 1967 26' overlander (between the walls) or if the wall covering that looks like vinyl contains asbestos.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:03 PM   #11
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Leaks in the walls and mold?

I am new to restoring a recently purchased 1967 overlander, my question is do i need to be concerned about mold forming in between the outer and inner skin where the insulation is located. I have noticed that I have a few leaks from the outer skin into the walls that runs down and exit other leaky areas at the belly pan and am planning to seal those areas. I am currently working on finishing the removal of the vinyl on the walls. If you need tips on that ugly process please let me know.
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Hi and Welcome,

I believe the floor tiles do have asbestos.

In my unit I replaced insulation that was wet and indeed it was black.
Also be aware of mouse droppings and other critters nesting in the insulation.

The belly pan will have some crud in it from the years of use.
It took 1 1/2 years to redo my 67 Overlander including polishing.

Keep up the good work.
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Did you leave the original floor boards or take those out to get to the insulation in the underbelly. Also, when you replaced the insulation on your trailer did you do the walls? and did you pull the inside wall panels to get to the insulation. Thanks for any information as I am trying to figure out how far I should take this before I start laying down lanolium and building cabinets. Thans again,,,Manny in California
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