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Old 02-27-2023, 11:54 AM   #1
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Replaced Dinette/Lounge Upholstery with Laminate

Hi Everyone,

I posted a query last November about replacing the hard structure upholstery with laminate. I didn't get any responses, but I did find a shop. After receiving a quote that was more than we wanted to invest, we decided that we in fact had the skills to do the project ourselves. So, proudly sharing today a summary of our project and before & after pics. (Sorry they need to be rotated--original files are oriented correctly and nothing I changed altered the way they look on the post.)

LAMINATE: Wilson Art New Age Oak 7938. Asked Airstream for the spec and was originally given a maple. I then asked for the oak used in Flying Cloud pre-2021 interior finish re-design and this laminate was the response. Not an exact match to 2005 Safari laminate, however, perfectly acceptable considering locker doors, tabletop and flooring are all slightly different versions of oak. Used 4 sheets to laminate dinette structures, base of lounge, back deck of lounge, and inside panel of right armrest.

The upholstered surfaces were all padded to some degree and as such, the laminated structures didn't quite fit the same way as when they were upholstered. However, none of these differences required any modification.

Removing the upholstery from the hard surfaces was a lot of work, as there are thousands of staples at work here. One dinette structure, for example, took 5 hours to de-upholster!

Also made new covers for all the cushions. Original covers are available if anyone wants them!
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Old 02-27-2023, 12:28 PM   #2
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Looks nice!
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Old 02-27-2023, 02:44 PM   #3
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Very nice!
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A definite improvement.
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