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Old 04-22-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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Something horrible happened to my front door's interior

Ok, I am generally a pretty smart fella, but this has me stumped. The interior of the front door of my beautiful 1978 31' Excella has changed color. It's not pretty. It looks like the vinyl's off-white layer disappeared and left the brown splotchy color.

There is no residue. Washing doesn't change anything except that it is clean. I can wipe my hand over it and it is clean.

Any thoughts? I am not so much interested in how or why this happened as I am in how to repair the "damage". Do I paint? If so with what? Do I try to strip the vinyl from the aluminum and polish it? The trailer is polished to a mirror finish on the outside, not so sure that a polished interior door would go well with the decor.

I am out of airspeed, altitude and ideas. HELP!
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Old 04-22-2010, 05:50 PM   #2
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It looks like the screen door rusted onto the vinyl and also that there were stickers (brag-tags, or something?) in the middle. I would say your solutions would be to try a rust removing cleaner first, if that doesn't work - paint it since you don't want to strip it.

That's weird...

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The stripes appear to coincide with the screen door bars. Without seeing it in person my initial thoughts would be mildew or maybe a light reaction.
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I saw a similar door on a '75 Overlander, and the only thing I could do was paint over the vinyl. The Overlander, though, was in much worse shape than your trailer ever though of being.
An option would be to find an old door with a good vinyl coating, and replacing it. All it is is pretty much drilling and riveting.
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Our door is the same, but we're full timers and figured cooking for 16 years might have had something to do with it. I've tried a few things, Ajax or TSP might work. If anyone knows, I'd be interested, too.
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My door looks the same, complete with the same screen door shadows---my theory--UV from the doors being open in direct sunlight.

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There is such a thing as vinyl paint that is used for vinyl interior door panels on vintage automobiles. I have used it on my 1956 Thunderbird. It is flexible and durable and available in many colors.

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re: Something horrible happened to my front door's interior

Thank you all for your responses. I finally settled on trying good old Rustoleum. Their Almond seemed a close match. That's what I used. I had used it successfully on the blue band using Rustoleum Royal Blue.

I really didn't want to paint it but it looked like the least worst choice. Here is the results. For those who have the same problem, don't run out and get the Rustoleum. It looks good now but let's see how it look after awhile. I'll keep you informed.
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Looks good, did you clean the surface with anything before it was painted?
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On our trailer this appears to be a reaction to sunlight. Our inside door was similarly colored, and now I find the same mottled staining by the vertical parts inside the front center window. I found a piece of the identical textured aluminum at the Airstream dealer in Smyrna, Delaware, and replaced the lower door panel. However, I don't believe the effort was worth the result. I have now taken to covering the affected parts with the Krylon spray paint (almond) from Wal-Mart. In my view this looks better than the original, and the paint looks as new, even after nearly ten years.
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Looks good, did you clean the surface with anything before it was painted?
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Just soap and water. As I say, let's see how it holds up. Nick Crowhurst used Krylon Almond Spray paint and it seems to have held up for 10 years. I think either would be a reasonable choice.

I figured that I couldn't make it look any worse. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Whatever it was, it looks nicer now, clean & fresh...

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