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Old 02-17-2015, 09:26 AM   #1
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My 1989 Southwind

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Old 02-17-2015, 11:19 PM   #2
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Nice looking rig, and our 87 Southwind is also a continuous work in progress.
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:22 PM   #3
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Thanks. I put down some new carpet, upgraded the TV and redid the counters and table so far.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:32 AM   #4
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I have pulled out all the carpet out of ours and will be putting in laminate flooring. I am currently taking off all the decals in preparation to getting her repainted.
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Nice. I bought some pergo flooring for the dinette and kitchen area too. I'm trying to have mine painted too. How or what are you using to take off those decals?
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:35 AM   #6
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I used a 1300 watt heat gun with a set of plastic scrapers and an eraser wheel I got from Cornwall Tools. I did most of the work with the heat gun and scrapers because the eraser wheel was sooooo expensive; it was way more than the 3M eraser wheels. But if I were to do it again, I would purchase extra Cornwall Tools eraser wheels, they work great. But I was trying to do it as cheaply as possible. I then took Acetone to clean off the glue residue. It was easier to get the glue off where I used the eraser wheel than where I used the heat gun and scrapers.

Get yourself a good handle and plastic razor blades, like this setup:
http://smile.amazon.com/Titan-Scrape...c+razor+blades

The screwdriver type handle was better for my hands than the smaller wider handle, but I had both so I could use the better one for me. Also get at least 20 of the plastic razor blades, they dull fast. I made due with 1 eraser wheel, but like I said earlier, I would use it more if I were to do it again.

Since yours is as old as mine, the decals are shot and will not peel off like the YouTube videos show. So expect slow going to get them off. It is not much, but by taking off what I could, we are saving about $2000 off the total cost of the paint job, which is still going to be a bucket load of money.

The next part of the pre-paint project is to get the ladder off the back end. We never use it and that will save some money on the masking. I am too unsteady to be on the roof of our MH so anything that needs to be done up there I will have to hire it done anyway.

We are going to go with a simple 2 color paint scheme, white and some shade of dark red. I would like to know how to remove the painted on stripping so I could get it off also, but the heat gun, eraser wheel and acetone did not touch them. So I will talk to the auto body shop when we get home again and see what they recommend. They have been very helpful and agreeable to let me do what I can to save some money. Other shops I talked to were not so agreeable, they wanted to do it all and not provide me with any information on how to do what I could.

Good Luck with your project.
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Hello,
I read your post's. By the way I like your MH I like the front slope.
I am interested in getting just my front and rear caps painted. My sides are colored Fiberglass and I like the colors. But the caps are faded and just soak up the wax. I believe its colored gel-coat. Will paint adhered very good to that?
My caps are gel-coat I believe
I "carefully" used single edge Razor blades on the front strips. Got it down to the primer (no lips/ridges. Then used Acetone. I am going to try painting them on. I have seen others on these forums do it & they turned out really nice.
I hope you will post some Pic's as you go.
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Which MH is yours or are both of them Pictured?
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Grandpere, that sounds like a lot..I guess I have a lot to look forward to. I'm shopping around for prices. I'll will post as I make progress. My decals are cracked and dry rotted. I'll be removing them this summer. I haven't decided on a color yet. I want something simple with some subtle pin stripping
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Tim, I had the 36 ft and it had solid bones but it needed too much work. I got rid of it and purchased the 32 ft...and I love it. It's been problem free (besides maintenance and normal wear issues). It's an 89 fleetwood southwind. I chose this type because in my perception the body style is not too outdated and with some paint it'll look pretty good to me. The 36ft was had the blue stripe and my current 32ft has brown stripes
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Brown stripes is what we have, and I dislike brown. Hence the change to white and dark red.
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Please post some pictures I would really like to see some before and after pics
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I also didn't like Brown. At my place of employment, years ago the owner loved Browns, Beige's. I got so sick of painting that color. But now on my MH I kind of grew to like it the stripe's are in pretty good shape with the exception of the fronts which I have already removed.
Look forward to your proceedings.
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Hi all, I sure enjoy reading about the stuff you do with your Southwinds. We have a 1987 and need to find parts. Do you recommend anyone to order through?
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