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Old 09-29-2014, 06:06 PM   #1
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Painting the interior

Has anyone painted over some of the faux wood in the interior of their trailer? Or replaced the refrigerator front panel? How did you like the results?
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:13 PM   #2
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I replaced the refer panel with one from Lowe's and couldn't be more pleased (except that this website is flipping the pic sideways)...
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I replaced the refrigerator panel with one of my photographs. Well, I didn't actually replace it - I added it over the panel. Plan to glue it to the panel sometime soon.
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What does a print that size cost and how do you protect it from damage?
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:38 PM   #5
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I ordered a poster print from PosterBrain with matte finished lamination. Thicker than I expected & it has held up well although I've only been out 2 weeks with it. Custom Size (20" X 35.5") with shipping & lamination $35.00. I'll make the next one 1/2" wider so it stays in without needing to glue it to the existing panel...
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:58 PM   #6
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Is that Mesa Verde, Jon? Looks a bit more like Utah. Beautiful photo.
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It is a print of "House on Fire" in Mule Valley, UT (near Blanding). A neat ruin to see (and photograph at 10:30 AM when the sun is in the right location)
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:36 PM   #9
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I covered mine with the fake stainless film:

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I have not painted any of the wood that can be seen sorry.

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Old 09-29-2014, 07:48 PM   #10
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Thanks for responses and pics. Maybe I will be the first to go art deco with a line of soft up lights reflecting off the headliner.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:54 PM   #11
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I like Jon's photo.

Less attractive, but perhaps interesting and somewhat amusing is the 'fridge panel swap in our current (non-Escape) trailer: we replaced the patterned panel with a sheet of hardboard painted with blackboard paint. We have chalk and use it for messages and reminders.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:00 PM   #12
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Maybe I will be the first to go art deco with a line of soft up lights reflecting off the headliner.
Hope you do (love art deco) and look forward to seeing a picture!
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:10 PM   #13
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We buy Escapes for their simplicity and perfection. Why in the world would one want to paint the cabinets is beyond me. That sounds like something Casita people would do.

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Not my cup of tea either, but people buy an Escape for different reasons, and as hard as it is for my overly opinionated mind to stomach sometimes, tastes do differ -- and that's OK.

Or as grandma used to say, "variety is the spice of life." See? My arrows are blunt.
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A popular TV program should be of interest. The Walking Dead. A group of outdoor enthusiasts are trying to survive and live full lives. But wherever they go a bunch of humorless nonthinking escape forumites lurch out of the woods and try to eat them.
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:09 PM   #16
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OP, you've asked a question and I've decided to stay away from answering.. until now.

I don't know of anyone that's purposely painted the "wood" work in an ETI build. But, you do know, once you go down that path you can't go back...

I'm betting you're looking to tone down all the wood and add color.

My mother, who is a retired interior decorator, would look at the "picture frame" doors and say... fabric or wallpaper! Something not "permanent."

I've often lusted over Chuck's and Deb's 21' Bigfoot. It has a "white" interior.... but the woodwork is "pickled" not painted. You can see the grain, which paint usually doesn't.

I'd say, "live" with your ETI build for a while, before moving forward to something you can't.. backup.

YMMV.
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A popular TV program should be of interest. The Walking Dead. A group of outdoor enthusiasts are trying to survive and live full lives. But wherever they go a bunch of humorless nonthinking escape forumites lurch out of the woods and try to eat them.
I will second this thought.

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If you want to do it go for it , make the trailer over how you wish you are after all the one who owns it , uses it, makes the payments on it etc. Just take pictures I would like to see what you come up with.

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Old 09-30-2014, 09:28 PM   #18
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Where'd that come from? It's not even winter up there yet!
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Based on the original question, the first thing I thought of is something I do within any area that is only accessible by one eyeball, one hand, and a mini flashlight: I paint the interior sides and top white. For instance, in the storage wells, especially ones accessed through the exterior hatches, stuff is much more visible with white reflecting the available light into the interior.

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Old 10-01-2014, 08:01 PM   #20
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As an alternative to painting, you can use adhesive-backed vinyl products ranging from contact paper to vinyl transfer products. The only limitation would be that they wouldn't do well on areas like the routed beads in the cabinet door panels; but they'd be a cinch on any flat surface (with the added bonus that it's easy to change [without any residual effects] later on).
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