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Old 10-17-2011, 08:01 PM   #1
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f84 fleetwood southwind wall question

Ive got the old wallpaper and the walls look really bad. Has anyone put RFP board over the old walls? This product is used in wet areas. I though it would be easy to keep clean and it look a little more modern. Has anyone else used this product and is there any concerns using this in my RV.

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:52 AM   #2
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I don't know what RFP board is but you can certainly repaper, repaint or recover the walls with whatever product you would use in a stix&brix home.

The only issue you might want to be aware of is adding weight to your vintage RV that isn't absolutely necessary. These 70s and 80s era motorhomes were pretty close to their maximum gross weight capacity right out the door of the factory; once you start adding the normal gasoline, propane, water and everyday living gear, its pretty easy to get way overloaded, and that's a dangerous situation.

Rule of thumb when remodeling- try to lighter, rather than heavier, if at all possible.
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I've just done much the same to my '84 Winnebago Elandan.
The original vinyl wallpaper was peeling and not attractive.

My first suggestion is to use a heat gun and remove the vinyl paper. Painting over it is a pain. I found that you really do have to use oil based Kilz to get adhesion. It's thin and messy. Then if you choose to apply new wall covering with contact adhesive there's a good chance the paint will react with the paint and you'll get bubbles and poor adhesion. DAMHIKT.

The vinyl paper comes off rather easy with the heat gun leaving you with bare Luan. The Luan will have a shiney surface which is the old adhesive. I used 100 grit sandpaper to rough that up.

On my walls i used a couple of different things. In the bedroom I applied a really nice Pearl White Upholstery Vinyl right over the Luan which looks good but does reveal flaws in the substrate.

In the front areas I used a thin plastic panel - like that thin white plastic they sell at HD - only textured and in a medium grey. It's a nice surface yet thin enough that you can cut it with shears.

On the ceiling I used 4mm white CoroPlast applied with Weldwood spray upholstery adhesive. I say Weldwood because the 3M adhesive didn't hold.
I used aluminum strips along the edges to hold it up as well and give it a nice look. These are the wallboard cap strips that HD sells in the tile and flooring department.

Overall it's turning out well. I'm in the process of putting up CoroPlast in Natural finish around my galley walls.

If you have a plastics supplier in your area - go and see what they have. Regal Plastics here has CoroPlast and they had the grey material - it comes 4 x 10 - $30 per sheet.



Hope this helped some...
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Peter,
I'd be interested in seeing pics of your interior when done. I've got an '87 Windcruiser (Elandan under Itasca name)that needs the ceiling done. Since I'm planning on pulling the cabinets when I do the ceiling, I might just as well do everything, so I'm open to any and all suggestions for materials to use. My wife hates oak cabinets, so I'm figuring they will all get painted as well. For the floors, I was figuring on a laminate throughout rather than carpet for and aft with laminate only in the galley.

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I pulled my cabinets - it's really the only way to do it right. I used Formby's furnitire refinisher on the doors and faces to lose the dark stain and lighten them up. Worked pretty well. I'm wondering why the door inserts are held in place with vinyl strips instead of being glued it. Anybody know?

I'll be using Alure flooring but not installing it till Spring.
I'll post some photo links tomorrow. It really turned out well.

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I'm wondering why the door inserts are held in place with vinyl strips instead of being glued it. Anybody know?

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I would think the reasoning is the strips will allow the panels to move, gluing wouldn't and the panels could crack.
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I also had a 84 Winnie, the plastic strips inserts in my cabinets were to turn the door inserts to the other side. One side had wood color the other side had a fiber type covering. I had to glue them in do to the plastic strips and door inserts falling out.
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I would think the reasoning is the strips will allow the panels to move, gluing wouldn't and the panels could crack.
I suppose temperature changes could cause movement but not travel.
In any event mose doors only haver 2 or 3 of the 4 strips left in them..I'll have to find that material or a work around.
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For any panel type door, to allow the panel to move as the door expands and contracts with humidity changes.
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Peter,
I'd be interested in seeing pics of your interior when done. I've got an '87 Windcruiser (Elandan under Itasca name)that needs the ceiling done. Since I'm planning on pulling the cabinets when I do the ceiling, I might just as well do everything, so I'm open to any and all suggestions for materials to use. My wife hates oak cabinets, so I'm figuring they will all get painted as well. For the floors, I was figuring on a laminate throughout rather than carpet for and aft with laminate only in the galley.

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My RV will be coming home tomorrow with new seat covers and carpet. I start installing the new rfp board on the walls and I'm loving the clean look. I discovered that rfp board was used by the door manufacturer. Same stuff so it matches so good. I got theRFP wall board from HD for about $35. Its about 1/8th inch thick comes in 4x8 sheets. It cuts with sheers and there are trim pieces to join the sheets and trim for corners and top and bottom. If gives you a really nice finished look. Im going to get some pics up next week. Loving the look.
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I tried peeling off the paperand removing old glue. Sand and paint section and it didnt look clean and it still looks old so this RFP board makes the rv look modern and clean. Im installing it in the front section of the rv then dw want a glas tile for backsplash behind sink and stove. Ive got tons of work to do but being my first rv im really pumped about everything. I love looking at other pic. Gives me some great ideas.
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Peter,
I'd be interested in seeing pics of your interior when done. I've got an '87 Windcruiser (Elandan under Itasca name)that needs the ceiling done. Since I'm planning on pulling the cabinets when I do the ceiling, I might just as well do everything, so I'm open to any and all suggestions for materials to use. My wife hates oak cabinets, so I'm figuring they will all get painted as well. For the floors, I was figuring on a laminate throughout rather than carpet for and aft with laminate only in the galley.

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Im looking into refacing cabinets and getting new doors. Wife loving the changes so far. Not sure what to do with countertops. But ive got to save up some funds before i start that project. Wife has gottin the bug too so its easy to get her to sign off on the extras.
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I think you are referring to fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP, not RFP. Used commercially in bathrooms because it is impervious to moisture. Pretty heavy though..............ronspradley
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I think you are referring to fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP, not RFP. Used commercially in bathrooms because it is impervious to moisture. Pretty heavy though..............ronspradley
You are right. FRP board! It doesn't seen that heavy. The look is worth the extra weight. Thanks for the correction. I keep telling my wife that i see and write things backwards and she said the it that I'm just plain dumb. She's may be right. Lol
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