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Old 06-21-2019, 08:05 AM   #1
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Question 2010 17B: Paint the Tired Interior?

Well, we are home with our (new to us) 2010 17B. It is in very good condition, but there are several things we want to do. We are particularly considering refinishing the interior. Previous owners put up a myriad of adhesive hooks in mysterious places. There are several areas where hooks have already been removed resulting in tearing of the wood grain paper(?) surface. I am sure removing the rest of the hooks will result in more damage.

Has anyone painted the interior of their Escape? How did it go, any tips? I will need to repair the torn areas, probably with some type of spackle and sanding to smooth the surface. Do we need a special type of paint to stick to the surface? Will I need to lightly sand all surfaces? I anticipate we will have to use high adhesion primer.

I am not planning on painting the actual oak wood trim, just the wood grain paper surfaces. Would not paint the white soft interior surfaces of the trailer itself.

We would love to see photos of what folks have done, whether just the wood grain surfaces or more extensive painting. It would be helpful in visualizing what is possible.
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:26 AM   #2
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A good cleaning, a light sanding, a coat of good primer and one or two coats of good paint will do the trick well. There are now some great latex paints to do cabinetry work with, I have used some a few times on jobs. A good paint store could assist you too.

I would paint the trim pieces too. Not only would it make the job easier, to me it would look better too. The trim pieces are not oak, but a laminated trim like the panels. The only thing that is oak are the cabinet doors.
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Let me add one very crucial thing before you paint: painter's tape. Mask everything.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:11 AM   #4
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A good cleaning, a light sanding, a coat of good primer and one or two coats of good paint will do the trick well. There are now some great latex paints to do cabinetry work with, I have used some a few times on jobs. A good paint store could assist you too.
The correct paint and primer for this application are crucial as well as the preparation. I do not consider a big box home center paint department to be a 'good paint store'.
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I think I recall a post showing wood grain repair tape provided by ETI for the repair of the wood/paper veneer. I would suggest that first and if the results are not acceptable then go to the paint method. There is no coming back after you have painted over the veneer.
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The correct paint and primer for this application are crucial as well as the preparation. I do not consider a big box home center paint department to be a 'good paint store'.
I never said or implied this. As a renovation and building contractor, I do know where to go.
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I never said or implied this. As a renovation and building contractor, I do know where to go.
Yes, I know you DID NOT imply that a big box store was a good paint store! I was simply adding some additional information. I don't think my post in any way implied that you recommended a home center.
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Repair tape pretty much disappears if you cut tape so that edges are not parallel.
And, a reminder to save the instructions for removal of 3M Command hooks ( if that's what you have ). If you don't follow those instructions, you will damage the surface.
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Repair tape works great!
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Unfortunately, most of the hooks are not Command tape.



Is there a source (other than Escape) on the wood grain tape of the same shade?
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