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Old 04-09-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
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Someone please help!?

We were at rally today and it was at a dealership. So we checked out the new ones. Really cool airstream!!! Ok so anyways to the point. We love the stainless walls. So we asked if we could do that. The gentleman said yes. He told us to do this we needed to spray the walls with fabric softener and it would peel off. And whala we would have aluminum walls. Can someone please explain this to us. We want that look but I can't hardly invasion a whala effect we were done.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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Unfortunately the aluminum walls when uncovered are not that attractive. I dont think you will be that happy with the look vs. the new models..

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Old 04-09-2011, 09:43 PM   #3
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Unfortunately the aluminum walls when uncovered are not that attractive. I dont think you will be that happy with the look vs. the new models..

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Can someone polish them out and what would that entail?
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The material they used could be polished I suppose but you will find holes drilled in places and rivets here and there. The cuts wont be perfect either. I would think that it would be alot easier to go over it with something or replace it with the finished product.

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Thank you, do you have any suggestions? We really like the more modern style.
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The interior aluminum walls on International & Flying Cloud lines are plasticoated exactly like the exterior sheets. I'm afraid there is no way to obtain such a new appearance by stripping the old coating off. Whatever it looks like under the current wall finish, some choices seem to be:
1. leave it alone
2. strip & try to uniformly finish the bare aluminum surface. 'Uniformly' might be hard to reach
3. strip & recoat with something
4. strip & polish

Choices 2-4 could lead you to deciding to remove interior partitions & surfaces so that you can work uniformly. The interior shell contributes to structural strength of the shell and is indispensable.

Be sure & test on the proverbial out of sight area before deciding whether this plan might work.
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I have seen shiny aluminum "checkerplate" and plain panels for sale at different metal suppliers. Could you just install new panelling?
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Find one with the layout and interior finish you like buy it and put yours up for sale. Probably the cheapest way and most satisfying results.
That is why I have the one I am now using its my 3rd in 12 years and I didn't get rid on any of them because of mechanical issues.
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To me to have to work for something is the most satisfying. I don't mind elbow grease to save a few thousand. Unlike you I probably will never be able to afford anything more than what I have. I'm grateful life has provided this. So I don't mind the hard work. I just don't want to tackle it inexperienced. So I was asking for some wisdom on the subject.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:58 PM   #10
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The interior aluminum walls on International & Flying Cloud lines are plasticoated exactly like the exterior sheets. I'm afraid there is no way to obtain such a new appearance by stripping the old coating off. Whatever it looks like under the current wall finish, some choices seem to be:
1. leave it alone
2. strip & try to uniformly finish the bare aluminum surface. 'Uniformly' might be hard to reach
3. strip & recoat with something
4. strip & polish

Choices 2-4 could lead you to deciding to remove interior partitions & surfaces so that you can work uniformly. The interior shell contributes to structural strength of the shell and is indispensable.

Be sure & test on the proverbial out of sight area before deciding whether this plan might work.
Thank you for the help, guess well just try and find a different approach to bring it to date. If anyone has any ideas they would be greatly appreciated. With all the experience that lies here I just wanted to throw it out there and see if it was possible. Thank you again for responding.
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Love shack take a look at this. I am thinking of using it to recover some of my bulkhead walls. It looks like aluminium but is plastic and won't scratch like metal and will be easy to clean.
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I'm in the same boat. Don't like the look of the "70's fake wood. I've redone the galley in our trailer (see my blog). I just made panels to cover the existing ones. Some are concerned with the added weight. A 4x8 sheet of maple weighs about 20#s by the time I trimmed it to fit the curves, I figured I added about 15#s to the weight. I don't think it will affect my mileage that much.
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Love shack take a look at this. I am thinking of using it to recover some of my bulkhead walls. It looks like aluminium but is plastic and won't scratch like metal and will be easy to clean.
Brushed Alumium Laminate
Now that's what I'm talking about! Very cool let us know how it does for you. The cost, were not rich so well have to prepare. Thank you!
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Here's an idea, might also work for small areas or as an accent. Aspect tile company has self-adhesive metal tiles in various finishes. Peel and stick over the existing partitions and you have shiny metal walls without all the disassembly headaches. You'll need a pair of tin snips to trim them.

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