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Old 09-07-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Can I paint this kind of interior?

I'm looking at a 1972 Land Yacht that is in decent shape but still needs a few things here and there. My question is can I paint this kind of interior? And if so, what kind of prep do I need to do and what kind of paint should I use? I'll try to post a pic....

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Old 09-09-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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You can paint it with"normal" latex paint, if you clean it really well, then use a primer like Kilz first. Although you may want to embrace the wood grain - it'll be better at time of resale.


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Old 09-09-2013, 01:10 PM   #3
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I'd also ask if you're talking about painting the interior skins or the woodgrain vinyl coverings on the walls and furniture.

If you're talking about the skins, I'd rate paint as "last resort." (there are some 70s trailers in which I'd just HAVE to paint the bathroom walls, the flower-power thing doesn't work for me. Happily, the "cheap" line from the 70s used the same neutral off-white color in the bathroom as in the rest of the trailer.

The PO of my 24' Argosy replaced some of the woodgrain on interior partitions with very nice wallpaper, and did it well. He left the woodgrain on the cabinets and furniture, and the effect is very nice (IMHO). You get a lot of the original look without having too much of it, if you know what I mean.

The vinyl coating on the interior skins is very, very tough and it cleans up pretty well if it hasn't already been painted. When I was looking for the 28' trailer, it was always disappointing for me to find one that had paint slung all over the interior.

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Old 01-09-2014, 03:54 PM   #4
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I wish the interior of mine was in as great original shape as yours! The previous owners of my 72 Tradewind removed most of the original cabinets. I need to paint my walls as they covered them in linoleum and since removing the linoleum the walls are stained and streaked with the glue they used. If you decided to paint the walls, could you please let me know if you found a paint that works on these surfaces. THX
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I agree with Sheri. Embrace the harvest Gold, and oranges of the time period (and woodgrain) and accessorize to the period. It's in really great shape.

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Old 01-09-2014, 09:48 PM   #6
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God, I wish they had those interiors with panoramic windows. Those are my favorite interiors and would keep original!

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