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Old 11-01-2005, 02:24 PM   #1
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The foam backed , vinyl ceiling strips are coming loose and hanging down . Airstream Tech said to glue back with 3M #70 spray adhesive , which I did twice . The panels came loose again after 2-3 days . Need advice on a cure .
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Old 11-01-2005, 02:31 PM   #2
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The foam backed , vinyl ceiling strips are coming loose and hanging down . Airstream Tech said to glue back with 3M #70 spray adhesive , which I did twice . The panels came loose again after 2-3 days . Need advice on a cure .
Welcome to the forums. If the ceiling strips are the ones I am thinking of, you will probably have to replace them with new. The foam deteriorates, and crumbles, leaving the glue holding nothing but, well, crumbled foam. This is a not uncommon problem with autos here in the far southern South, and the only "permanent" fix is to replace the bad pieces. I say "permanent" in quotes because it will probably happen again in 10-12 years. Also, make sure you spray both the ceiling, and the foam, and let both parts dry before sticking them back together.
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Old 11-01-2005, 04:07 PM   #3
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Try this thread ... good information:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...lla-14989.html

I also live deep in the far-southern-south like Terry!
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Another thought-

If you are willing to do this, you can clean all the old foam and vinyl off with a wire brush. Then go to a auto interior shop, and get a sufficient length of automotive headline material. They make an ivory color, and a beige color, and may make white now, too. Cut it to fit the panel, and spray the contact adhesive on the panel and the material. After it dries, apply the material to the panel. After it sets up for a few minutes, re-install the panel. It will not be vinyl like your original, and I have never done it, but it should look good, and is pretty inexpensive.
If you do this, please post photos, so we can all see how it looks when complete.
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I too have the problem of a falling celing on my 96 Excella. I e-mailed the factory tech and the reply was to use 3M Super 77 multipurpose adhesive, found at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. I used that and it is far better than any other adhesive I bought at Wal-mart. I then went to Lowes and bought 3/4 " crystal white batten strips, a Stanley electric staple/nail gun and used that to install the batten strips on the ceiling. I used the 1/2 " nails which worked great going into the aluminum inner skin. I do have a problem with the heads pulling through the batten because the heads are not big enough and the batten is too soft. I would like to find a stiffer batten. The strips were mounted on each side 2 ft. from the center line and anouther row of batten strips 1 ft. past that. E-mail me for pictures.
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I too have the problem of a falling celing on my 96 Excella. I e-mailed the factory tech and the reply was to use 3M Super 77 multipurpose adhesive, found at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. I used that and it is far better than any other adhesive I bought at Wal-mart. I then went to Lowes and bought 3/4 " crystal white batten strips, a Stanley electric staple/nail gun and used that to install the batten strips on the ceiling. I used the 1/2 " nails which worked great going into the aluminum inner skin. I do have a problem with the heads pulling through the batten because the heads are not big enough and the batten is too soft. I would like to find a stiffer batten. The strips were mounted on each side 2 ft. from the center line and anouther row of batten strips 1 ft. past that. E-mail me for pictures.
The problem is the original adhesive has failed. Applying new adhesive is a waste of time, and money. It may hold for a short time, but when warm weather hits the trailer, the covering will once again come loose.

The fix.

Remove all the wall covering.

Remove "ALL" of the old adhesive from the interior shell.

Install new wall coverings.

Anything short of that is a waste of time.

However, some owners have installed washer type screws, in a pattern to hold the original wall covering in place.

The original adhesive failed because it was another "water base" requirement from our Fed's.

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