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Old 09-21-2014, 11:34 AM   #29
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I agree with BigAl; the foam helps cover the seams and defects. We saw a 34 that had the covering removed, in progress I think, of trying to emulate the International look with LED lights all over the ceiling. I was turned off by the original raw aluminum!

It occurs to me that one could use fabric glued in place. I did my fiberglass kit boat with polyester upholstery fabric that had a rubberized backing to stabilize the coarse weave. I used contact cement; really easy install. I just did the ceiling all over the boat, and used the (back then) popular Borg fabric fur finish for the sides. The ceiling fabric lasted over 20 years and still looks good. The all synthetic fabric resisted mildew. The Borg fell off! thankfully...
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:55 PM   #30
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When I picked up my 1993 Airstream from the RV repair shop. I noticed the ceiling in the living room had dropped. I was very disappointed. It is vynal. It was sitting out for 3 months but I guess it was the heat outside. Would like to find a way to repair it. Otherwise the inside of my airstream looks like new and is very comfortable.
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:21 AM   #31
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Read the thread from start to finish. Lots of info out there just need to decide what your approach will be
Our fix with 3M Adhesive started out good but I'm seeing some release again so it will likely be screw with button heads
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Old 09-27-2014, 01:21 PM   #32
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The correct "fix" for the sagging ceilings is not hard, but labor intensive.

Remove the old fabric.

This is the tough one. Remove all the old adhesive. Anything attached to the original adhesive, will fail since that is the real issue.

Then and only then can you apply a new adhesive on to the new wall covering, that will not fail.

If you try to reuse the original fabric, you first MUST REMOVE all of the original adhesive.

Don't blame Airstream for this one, since the adhesive used was mandated by the feds.

Same mandate created all the older cars that were clear coated with a water based paint.

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Old 09-28-2014, 11:23 AM   #33
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Thanks ANDY

One question

The original fabric has foam backing so I don't see how you can remove the adhesive without losing the foam which is part of the "look"

Or did I misread your note...did you simply mean remove the adhesive from the aluminum ceiling?

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Old 09-28-2014, 11:29 AM   #34
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Thanks ANDY

One question

The original fabric has foam backing so I don't see how you can remove the adhesive without losing the foam which is part of the "look"

Or did I misread your note...did you simply mean remove the adhesive from the aluminum ceiling?

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No.

I was being specific to those that want to use the old fabric.

If they can figure out a way to remove the adhesive, then great.

I can't and I don't know of anyone that has, BUT, Airsteam owners sometimes come up with a fix for an impossible. That with a few, then creates an argue, that I don't have time for.

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Old 09-28-2014, 11:53 AM   #35
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I assume that to replace the fabric properly all the interior furnishings and walls must be removed to?
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Old 09-28-2014, 12:24 PM   #36
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I assume that to replace the fabric properly all the interior furnishings and walls must be removed to?
That would be the very best way.

Second best, is no.

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Old 09-28-2014, 03:07 PM   #37
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The Sure Cure!

Here's my fix. Not everybody's cup of tea, but I have no worries of it sagging in the future. This IS NOT an easy job, and if you attempt it, make sure the chiropractor is not on vacation. Stock up on the Biofreeze pain relieving gel for your neck, and shoulders.
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I am looking into solutions for my ceiling, need to get it fixed for next summer. OldVWHunters, are you just planning on leaving the ceiling bare aluminum or have you changed it since then? What did you use to remove the adhesive? I think my ceiling has fallen down too much in places to even attempt to get it back into position, so I am looking into removing it.
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Reading through this thread makes me SO glad that my Avion doesn't have that kind of ceiling covering. It has a vinyl covering on the aluminium, but no foam backing. Seems like over time the foam would deteriorate, no matter what kind of adhesive was used.
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I am looking into solutions for my ceiling, need to get it fixed for next summer. OldVWHunters, are you just planning on leaving the ceiling bare aluminum or have you changed it since then? What did you use to remove the adhesive? I think my ceiling has fallen down too much in places to even attempt to get it back into position, so I am looking into removing it.
Check post # 32 above.

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I am looking into solutions for my ceiling, need to get it fixed for next summer. OldVWHunters, are you just planning on leaving the ceiling bare aluminum or have you changed it since then? What did you use to remove the adhesive? I think my ceiling has fallen down too much in places to even attempt to get it back into position, so I am looking into removing it.
Hey mrdually350, I do plan on leaving the ceiling bare aluminum, I was lucky that the aluminum didn't have too many flaws that were covered with the material at the factory. I had the best luck with a product called Citristrip, available just about anywhere, even the hardware department at Wal-Mart. SKATER has a good thread titled Removing ceiling vinyl from the '90s-era trailers, I'd put a link to it here if I were computer smart, but I'm not, sorry.
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