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Old 05-01-2021, 09:49 PM   #1
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Vinyl wallpaper options

Just purchased an 73 ambassador with center bathroom. The interior walls ate very nasty and we’re looking for your opinions on what you’ve done and what most people do.

1) clean and restore

2) clean and prime for paint

3) remove and rewallpaper

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Old 05-02-2021, 06:34 AM   #2
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My wife really wanted a subway tile. I found these on Amazon which had bad reviews. Most of the bad reviews were the tiles peeling. I also noticed that those individuals adhered them to a backsplash behind the cooktop where there can be excessive heat. It states right in the instructions, not to use in areas with excessive heat. Anyway, I installed mine 2 months ago and no issues. They look nice, they do feel like rubber and not subway tile.
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Old 05-02-2021, 06:59 AM   #3
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People have done all the above. I guess it’s what you want the finished product to look like and it’s durability. In our 66 we stripped the wall covering, primed and applied Zolatone. A friend of ours stripped the loose vinyl and installed 1/16” Plastic Polywall from the box stores. I looked at it afterwards and it looked great. I guess you could repair, but it came loose once, it’ll do it again. Good luck
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:52 AM   #4
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Greetings. Is the wall covering damaged or sticky and dirty? The walls in our 73 Safari were very dirty when we brought it home and we were advised to scrub the walls with Spic and Span in hot water and the rinse. After they dried we then wiped on Mop and Glo to seal them. Some say the original glue for the vinyl covering used on this era would out gas and cause the walls to become sticky. We did this about three years ago and the walls still look good.
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:09 AM   #5
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My 25' Safari was bought used and the PO had nailed and stuck photos to the bathroom walls. We got a good deal on it so decided to cover up their work with a pre pasted wall paper. We did a western theme and papered all of the walls of the bath room.
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:31 AM   #6
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I am working on a '72 overlander. I have cleaned what I can, stripped a portion that had a small piece of the vinyl peeling, painted and applied peel and stick paper. I have to try the spic and span mentioned above; I still have sticky parts. The portion of the vinyl that I stripped was PAINFUL; I can't imagine doing the whole trailer. The painted parts are bright and clean. I have had issues with the peel and stick. If you choose this, I would recommend spending a bit more money. Over the winter, I have had the cheaper vinyl come off the wall completely. It would be great to see some before and after pictures. Anything will be an improvement. Good luck.
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Old 06-13-2021, 04:52 PM   #7
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Peel and stick wallpaper

My wife wanted this wallpaper in the bathroom. I removed the toilet and mirror cabinet and it was still tight and difficult, but worked out in the end. I used a pin to poke a tiny hole in any bubbles and pushed the air out.

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Old 06-13-2021, 05:12 PM   #8
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Krud-cutter will almost take the sticky off the old Airstream vinyl wallcovering. I use the Krud-cutter then wash with a soap and water and finally with fresh water. Does a pretty good job. In a few years the sticky comes back. I do think it is coming through the vinyl from the adhesive.
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Old 06-13-2021, 08:55 PM   #9
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Vinyl wallpaper solution

We have a 1970 Tradewind with vinyl on aluminum interior. The interior was dismantled and interior skins removed.
Set up a large work bench to thoroughly clean and paint the skins and bathroom fiberglass 1/4 dome. Used PPG Breakthrough paint. Absolutely the way to go.
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