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Old 11-12-2007, 09:11 PM   #15
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Hi Lynn,

A paper-backed veneer conforms to curves very well. In the past, I made kaleidoscopes and applied veneers to 1 and 2 brass tubes using 3m trim adhesive available at auto parts stores. The slight curve of the front of your fridge will be no problem at all.

An online source is Exotic Wood Veneer, Vacuum Press Systems, Veneering Tools and Supplies at VeneerSupplies.com. They even have a Peel And Stick (PAS) option.
Perfect info and link for what I'm after!! I may be able to accomplish this from the backwoods of Angel Fire after all!

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Old 11-12-2007, 10:23 PM   #16
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Perfect info and link for what I'm after!! I may be able to accomplish this from the backwoods of Angel Fire after all!

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Great! Boy, there are way worse backwoods around than Angel Fire. It’s where I learned to ski. Fond memories.

Thanks for the Karma, too!!!
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Hi again Lynn,

Depending on my degree of commitment to the new look, I would use the PAS option if I wasn’t sure, and the 3m option for “till death do us part (really)”. For the really “long-term” commitment, the 3m adhesive is superior to others, and comes in “snot yellow” and black. I haven’t been able to imagine a scenario where black was less desirable, but to each his/her own.
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:44 AM   #18
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2 more cents... don't use the pre- glued or pressure sensitive... the adhesive will not hold up to your climate in NM. A few weeks of 90 during the day, 30 at night and that glue will fail. I have not used the 3M product so I do not know how it will hold up. I would suggest either finding a cabinet shop that can spray a professional contact adhesive and apply the veneer, or ask to buy a quart of their adhesive so you can roll it on both surfaces with a zero nap roller. Nothing speaks to blue collar guys like a few bills waving in your hand. If you or they do it... make sure the glue is DRY before the two surfaces are bonded. Many guys rush the glue, or follow the label wrong. The surface should be dry enough that the hair on your arm will not stick at all. Put dowels between the veneer and surface so you can position it without the glue touching...start at one end and remove the dowels as you go from one end to the other... trim the excess with a file...

You also have the option to insert a 1/4" / 5-mm panel? If that is the case, plywood is available in every species known to man. Give me the sizes and I can cut it out for you and UPS it to you. You pay for the materials and I will trade a night of camping for my labor. Should be less than $50 with shipping even if it is mahogany. If it is red oak, I have a left over sheet right now...
How far are you from Taos? We are coming out to visit friends the third weekend of January. Maybe we can get together and talk aluminum. frank
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Our new fridge in the rig has one really ugly gray door, and Dometic doesn't supply covers for it. (This is the European model of the fridge.)

Sooo, I was thinking about building a slide-in cover made of thin backing with wood veneer, stained and finished to match the rest of the interior.

Ah, wait a minute. What kind of wood is the interior of the rig made of? (If it helps, it's a 67 rig.)


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If you could post a photo of the inside woodwork we may be able to identify the correct wood specie. Much easier to stain to match if you start with the correct wood. BTW, I can vacuum press veneer to 1/8" Baltic birch if it would help, or even one veneer sheet to another backer veneer for ultra thin but strong panel. The modern press glues are heat tolerant and has been pointed out heat build up will defeat many glues.
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superior technology, go with Royce's offer.
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I agree. That sounds like a great solution. The 3m adhesive will work well, though. It is made for automobiles, so the changes in heat and humidity as well as motion are what it is designed for. When I put the veneer on the brass kaleidoscope tubes, it lasted years. I spread it with bondo spreaders.

Give that, a vacuum pressed insert would be just the thing.
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It does sound good. However, I was just down in Taos (getting a tooth glued back in my head), and I dropped by the hardware store next door while there. They have a 4X8 sheet of flexible 1/8th inch stuff that I could use, and it's 15 bucks or so. And with the 4X8, I'd have lots left over to do some of the other jobs I've been thinking about ...

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Sounds great, Lynn. I look forward to photographs. I may be fridge shopping soon, myself.
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Sounds great, Lynn. I look forward to photographs. I may be fridge shopping soon, myself.
Well, if it's for the Tradewind, I suspect you'll find what we found: The modern US fridges are either too big (cut out the cabinets), or way tiny. The European (German) model that we got from Dometic is a little smaller than the original, but not as tiny as the US small version. The specs on the European model are the following:

RM7401 2-Way, Single Door
H 32 11/32 x W 20 11/16 x D 21 5/16

Dometic USA stocks it, but RV dealers generally don't have it and have to order it in.


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The Trade Wind will soon become someone else’s project. I am interested in a replacement for the big RM 1303 AES in the Excella. I found a Norcold unit that even has an icemaker. That would be a big selling point for me, personally.
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