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Old 07-29-2005, 07:54 AM   #15
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Thanks Dennis.

I should point out that it's not really the "safety orange" it appears to be in the pictures. I took these around midnight and the flash brightened up what is in reality a pretty dark "burnt orange".
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Old 08-17-2005, 02:47 PM   #16
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what an inspiring project! That looks fantastic Steven! Very impressive. I love the upholstered walls! Keep up the good work!

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Old 04-11-2006, 06:10 PM   #17
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Hi just curious are the overhead bins original or did you build them? I would like to replace the bins in my 31' LY and really like the way yours look in you MH.

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Old 07-24-2006, 01:23 PM   #18
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sladew,
I just saw your post on this thread. I haven't updated anything in a while but to answer your question, they are the original overhead frames minus the doors. There will eventaully be new doors installed (frosted lexan) with aluminum frames.

Construction is pretty basic, certainly something you could replicate easily.
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Old 08-19-2006, 12:00 PM   #19
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softmetal

being on a strict budget for the interior with college approaching next week for one son, I ordered a few rolls of 'softmetal' made by a German company and sold by a few distributors here, I used ezfauxdecor.com
The stuff I got is aluminum, very thin but thicker than contact sheeting, yet similiar to apply.
We tried two 7 foot rolls today, and it looks so much better than the painted beige-yellow walls. I am hoping to complete the front lounge in this, but now need some more material. Here's my cohort and wife of 20+ yrs doing the install. There are a few small bumps over the rivets, but most all other defects were easily covered. A pinhole in the rivet area should get most of the bump out.
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Hey Steven, I missed this thread the first time around. It looks awesome!

Alan, definitly give more details on how that works out, it looks very interesting.
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A pinhole in the rivet area should get most of the bump out.
How about drilling out the rivets and then putting in new ones over the new material. It will really give it a finished and professional look. Rivets are cheap enough, even for parents on a College budget.
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Old 08-19-2006, 02:42 PM   #22
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UWE I like your idea...I have to try some in an out of the way spot to see how it drills, or maybe a scrap over another spot. If that works it will look even better.
This stuff is used to make appliances and kitchen backsplashes look like they are metal. They sell mostly stainless steel and nickel look, but I found those a but too dark. The only aluminum style I could get was the kind with a small raised diamond pattern on it, but that helps the smaller cover wall defects also. I did some sanding and filled old holes with pre- mix bondo type filler.
It took about an hour to lay up the bottom of the front cabin area.This while I was waiting for the removall to strip two panels on the outside.
The web site for this stuff is http://www.ezfauxdecor.com/Stainless...MetalFilm.html
The manufacturer has a web site in germany.
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here is a close up of a pattern similiar to what I used..
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I followed Uwe's advice, and drilled out the old wall rivets, putting new ones thru the aluminum skin. I had to poke carefully to find the dead center of the old one, but once I did that it was easy.
It definitely makes it look more like real metal now. Still a little tightening up and smoothing before I move on to the next area.
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Stef - thanks! Still a work in progress I'm afraid.

Alan - great materials. Keep this thread alive! I hope to get back to mine when the weather (and work schedule) cool off this fall.
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I am about 90% happy with my choice. their price was good and the material looks very nice, and should hold up well....just being a bit of a perfectionist I want to get all the little spots down tight and smooth.The rivets helped. Getting there!
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Alan,
I blame you for this. After reading through your additions to this post I started over a year ago I've come to the realization that I needed to be working on my 345 interior again. So this evening I tore into the bedroom rennovation project. I still have a lot left to do in the main salon, but the bedroom project is a relatively simple one using materials I've been stocking up on for a while. Besides, this year we're flying to Vegas for the September tradeshow instead of taking the Airstream so I can lay her up without a bedroom for a little while.

Phase one; demo the bed...completed. I'll be relocating the water tank aft and fabricating a U Lounge which will function as another travelling area during trips (complete with table), a social area in the evenings, and will convert into a full width bed for sleeping at night. It'll also accomodate a "double bed" config for those "guys mountain biking excursions" my Airstream us becoming known for by my buddies.

I can't tell you how good it felt to do some work in there again. I'm pretty excited to get out there again.
Pics to follow shortly.
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sorry......NOT!!!!
Glad you are out there. I have been doing this steadily since June when I got the trailer.
still fun although hot, hot, hotter. Coming to the big ATL anytime soon???
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