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Old 04-21-2020, 06:58 PM   #1
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Padding ceiling repair question

Can anyone tell me the best way to reattach the first padded ceiling section in my 1996 34' Airstream Excella WideBody? It is in perfect condition just is not longer adhered completely...

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If you figure that one out, please let us all know. Over the years, I dont believe anyone has found a lasting solution.
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I have used an industrial product made by Bostik, Bostik Supertak to reglue my ceiling. It has been glued back up for 5 years, and no release yet. Not easy to do, and is difficult to get back to the original look, but better than hanging down. You definatley need several people helping you re glue it.
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Old 04-22-2020, 07:19 AM   #4
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I have used an industrial product made by Bostik, Bostik Supertak to reglue my ceiling. It has been glued back up for 5 years, and no release yet. Not easy to do, and is difficult to get back to the original look, but better than hanging down. You definatley need several people helping you re glue it.

Could you give us some process hints and tips? Mine has a few bubbles, which have been there for 10 years. Haven't grown, but irritate me.
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When I bought my "94 the front ceiling was down at the seam all the way to the vent/antenna control. The previous owner had tried several types of glue to replace and it was a real mess, with yellow glue stuck to the white, and the ceiling had shrunk a little with his attempts to repair. I went to the industrial supply company that I deal with and talked to an older rep, telling him my problem. He smiled and told me about Bostik Supertak, and that it would work for my situation. He was very familiar with the falling ceiling problems in many other automotive and farm equipment applications. I had a friend help me and I removed all of the valances, over door trim, vent trim, etc and carefully sprayed the adhesive on and pressed the ceiling back up as good as we could. It's not perfect, but a lot better than it was. Like you, I have several spots that are sagging now, and as soon as it warms up I will take the trim off and try to return the ceiling back to original. You can "Google" the product and see where you can purchase it. Good luck.
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When I bought my "94 the front ceiling was down at the seam all the way to the vent/antenna control. The previous owner had tried several types of glue to replace and it was a real mess, with yellow glue stuck to the white, and the ceiling had shrunk a little with his attempts to repair. I went to the industrial supply company that I deal with and talked to an older rep, telling him my problem. He smiled and told me about Bostik Supertak, and that it would work for my situation. He was very familiar with the falling ceiling problems in many other automotive and farm equipment applications. I had a friend help me and I removed all of the valances, over door trim, vent trim, etc and carefully sprayed the adhesive on and pressed the ceiling back up as good as we could. It's not perfect, but a lot better than it was. Like you, I have several spots that are sagging now, and as soon as it warms up I will take the trim off and try to return the ceiling back to original. You can "Google" the product and see where you can purchase it. Good luck.
Thanks. Here's what I have been noodling...and maybe with your experience you can chime in. I am concerned that after a proper adhesive is applied, that the finish padding might be uneven, due to some adhesive "locking in" at different application amounts and different pressures to hold it until cured.
I was thinking the a firm pillow...or firm foam held in place, relatively lightly on some sort of sheet (plywood??) and prop might work. Did you have issues with an uneven appearance after gluing?
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Old 04-22-2020, 10:55 AM   #7
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Our trailer is older (1964) but we elected to remove the padded ceiling trim entirely and paint the surface. Possibly because my wife is a medical doctor, the reality that moisture and mold will develop in any interior non-ventilated space during storage...especially surfaces like padding with the open side against the ceiling. The old expression, "All Airstreams have a leak" is true...ours is very good but occasionally a new leak develops - that means moisture is getting into the trailer and will turn bad. That's my take on it...but free advice is usually worth the price you pay :-)
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Old 04-22-2020, 11:55 AM   #8
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Check out this thread on the forum and others you can see by typing "ceiling" into the search box
I used the screws for my 96 Excella. They come with a plastic button to cover the screws. I bought mine at an industrial fastener outlet.
Be careful to choose a pattern that looks right if you have to do the whole trailer, especially adjacent panels on the curved side walls. One issue is always that the vinyl shrinks with age and you need to stretch the covering to be sure the plastic divider strips cover and hold the edges.

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Old 04-22-2020, 12:22 PM   #9
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Spray Adhesive

There are 2 other good products on the market for this.
Gludown Construction Adhesive or 3M Super 77.
Spray a thin even coat on both surfaces wait about 1 minutes to let it get tacky, then press it on evenly and across the entire surface. Try to get it lined up just right to begin. The Gludown product is a little more forgiving if you don't get it quite straight to start with. The Super 77 not so much
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Thank you everyone!!

I am going to try the Bostak and let you know if that fails I will go with the covered acres..
It is really nice being part of a community that is so helpful.
I wanted to address an old thread re: Shorewood RV in Ramsey MN now lazy Days RV...
I had them go front to back through every system on Miss Olivia my 34' excel wide body and they did a fabulous job on bringing all the systems up to date and in good working order...Jason is a great guy who oversaw the process though he is not in the service dept he was a great facilitator
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Old 04-23-2020, 04:51 PM   #11
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Old 04-24-2020, 08:53 PM   #12
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How do I upload photos? We are setting her up on Lake Pepin and The Mississippi River tomorrow, I am so excited
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Landau spray adhesive

This is the adhesive we used and it worked very well. It is the same type of adhesive used to put headliners up in cars/trucks.
We have a '96 34'er
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In your reply go to advanced settings and click on the attachment icon. Hint if you dont do a quick edit your photos will be sideways.
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Old 04-29-2020, 02:38 PM   #15
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Typical A/S problem your trailer's age. My '94 and my brother's '96 have the same issue. He had Bob Jones RV repair his for big $$ because it takes a lot of labor to prep the inner skin. I just used glue & buttons as mentioned before in this thread and pushed the old vinyl back into place fixing it buttons & screws and it looks kinda OK.

Your real issue is that the backing foam under your perfectly good vinyl gives up over time and releases. It starts out as bubbles and then sags - eventually the whole piece just hangs there on the center strips. I find that no amount of glue will hold it in place for long.
You have to firstly remove ALL the old glue and ALL the foam residue on the ceiling to effect a good seal before you attach new foam vinyl. I hate to be the bearer of bad news...but after owning 7 Airstreams I can claim to have experience in this area. Not good experience...but I like padded ceilings nevertheless. Doesn't sweat like my '50 Globetrotter and holds the noise down.
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Thank you everyone and pics of Miss OLIVIA

I am waiting for Boston and Buttons but here she us
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Well, we own a 94 Excella 2000 31 ft and when the ceiling started to seperate we chose to fix the ceiling with a few decorative laser metal art. Ours is stars and we screwed them in a pattern to duplicate the sky with very small SS screws. It looks OK. We also did one over the door which was a sun/moon. This was a few years ago and we haven't experienced any further drop.
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