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Cruiser61

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I have a late 70s model Monsterhome (aka Motorhome, but you have to see how much fuel this creature devours!)

The interior is not hideous as most things of that era were, but the walls of the living area is a wooden panelling that isn't a wood grain that I can describe, it's a tad lighter than walnut, but darker than even a dark finish oak. Does anyone have any feedback on experiences in painting this panelling, or in using some product (if there is one out there) that could lighten the look of the wood? (I'm currently considering the idea of a glaze/wash to get a pickled look that would lighten up the interior but will keep the wood grain in there somewhere).

The bathroom has a harvest gold bath/shower and sink, (the new toilet is white) the wallpaper on the panels in there is semi-sickening big bird yellow with white daisies. It would not kill me if we HAD to keep it, but does any product out there adhere and stick well (7 year type of durability?)

I realize that this next question borders on being stupid, but I simply have to ask it, I can't live with this harvest gold shower/tub. Has anyone ever heard of some way to paint the bath pieces? Again, I want to get rid of the colour, but not at the expense of having to repaint it every season, it'll cut out of the time that I could be dreaming up some other projects to modernize/update the gas guzzling beast I am coming to consider "home".

Of course the easy answer is "buy something newer" but that's not in the budget. I'm not going after fancy, I just want to get things to looking newer/cleaner so that I don't feel compelled to try to scrub the colour out of the sink 147 times each weekend.

I'm thrilled with this forum, I do so wish I'd found it years ago when I had endless TT questions, but at least I found it in time for my Martha Stewart inklings with the new (old) motorhome!

Thank you in advance for all the sharing of experience.

Regards, Sheila

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No problem to change the color of the bathroom fixtures and parts they are simply fiberglass and you can have any body shop paint them for you. There are also tub repair shops all over the USA that do that for a living. We had our tub "colored" in our Pennsylvania house it cost us about $150 for tub, sink, and back splash on the sink (porcelain)
As for the rest sorry I am a dud when it comes to decorating
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Posted: 07/08/03 07:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You might try using KILZ on the paneling to prep it for painting. Try it in an inconspicuous spot first though. It might react to the vinyl on the paneling.

There is a spray paint out now by Krylon, I think it is. You're supposed to be able to paint plastic with it and it bonds to the surface on the molecular level. I don't know any more about it, but it might be worth looking into at your hardware store. Maybe it would work on your bath fixtures. They don't say much about it on the website. http://www.krylon.com/product/gp_product_detail.asp?sgID=GP07

KILZ might also work to prep your bathroom wallpaper for painting or papering. Again, test it somewhere it won't show if it doesn't work. WARNING: I'm highly allergic to KILZ and can't use it even with a respirator, so if you're sensitive to chemical fumes, beware. At the least, it needs to be used with LOTS of venting! (Think big multiple fans running at full blast and exhausting to the outside.) It's a good product otherwise. We painted paneling in my mom's living room after applying KILZ five years ago, and it's stood up very well, no wear or scratches. It comes in a latex version now which is not as severe as the oil based variety, but I've used the latex style outside with a breeze and still had a milder reaction to it. It's wicked stuff, at least for me.

We're fixing up an older camper we love a lot, too. It's fun! I've been focused on the pop up and house more this year than the motorhome, but I have projects in mind when I get the time for Arvie, too. When they're all done, he'll truly be ours!


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PLEASE, Dont't be so harsh on what you have, when you bought this unit there were certain reasons you wanted sit. Many of us have purchased older units that did not meet our deco. But there are many options to choose change color, textures and styles of our older units, it just costs $$$$$.

There are companies that can resurface the bath units and there are finishes that can be applied to the walls to make things look more modern.

The older units are a lot of fun to own, just enjoy the work it takes to make it a little more personal.

Just remember that when you are using the unit in a campout and someone comes by and says, WOW thats a nice vintage unit you have there, just say thanks and feel good about what you have.


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Check in the home decorating section of your local paint store or Home Depot / Lowe's home center. There are a lot of products to remove finishes and prep for new. Ask the paint specialist for ideas and suggestions.


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I realize that this next question borders on being stupid, but I simply have to ask it, I can't live with this harvest gold shower/tub. Has anyone ever heard of some way to paint the bath pieces?
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Penetrol will make most paints stick to fiberglass and almost everything else.

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I used white paint on the ceiling and the coach looks 100% better. You may want to start on the ceiling. Jim..

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I had a shower/tub repainted by a company that sprays on a synthetic procelain, any color you want. Looked better than new when they finished.
Price was reasonable, around $300. With all of the prep work required and the equipment needed, it was not a do-it-yourself project.


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There are companies that paint tubs and sinks, we have done that in our house and it works fine - but maybe you could live with the color if you updated the wallpaper or did some new cool painting technique - and use accessories to accent and integrate the "old" color into your new decor. I don't know what your tastes are, as far as colors, but you might be surprised what you could do with it - even just with a new jazzy wallpaper. I am thinking black/tan/taupe - or maybe something with an animal print like Safari's stuff - just thinking out loud here...

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Hi, I just repainted my fiberglass sink. It cost a whole $12. I sanded the glossy finish away and simply used a craft paint (antique copper by folkart found in Walmart .89 cents) I used a washcloth to sponge on 2 layers of this aged copper colored paint and then when it was dry I used a 2 part epoxy mixture with a water resistant rating. In 24 hours it is dry and being used. I used a product called ("pour on" from Ace hardware. It cost $10 and I used about 1/10 of it. As is is a 2 part mixture you can mix what you need and use the rest for later. It is a thick epoxy. I painted it on with a fine artist paint brush for a smooth finish. This sink now looks like an antique hammered copper sink and it only cost a few bucks. To resurface the formica counter top I applied a tile mastic and broken tile pieces in sort of a mosaic style and mixed a grout with a coordiating color to match the sink. It looks amazing. As for the wall paper and panneling..... I live in a 1985 mobile home which had putrid brown and blue flowers on the walls in the bathrooms and almond colored panneling elsewhere. I found that as long as the wallpaper is firmly adhered to the wall you can use JOINT COMPOUND and apply it like plaster with a hand trowel. You can thin it out either with a little water or tint and thin it with a latex paint for a smoother texture or just do as I did and enjoy the thicker more adobe style. Paint or glaze takes right to it. My panneling was a wood panneling and didn't have a high gloss finish so I just plastered right over it. If yours is glossy just sand it till you remove the shine then plaster.
I took it a step further and drew grout lines on the walls then used masking tape to cover them, plastered over the tape and immediately removed the tape. This left me with a faux brick finish which can be accented with a reddish brown glaze for a realistic brick look. People walk up to my walls and are amazed that even up close they look and feel real. I taped off small brick sections on one wall then plastered the whole thing creating a loose plaster over brick effect. Really neat. Well I guess I have written enough for now, Good luck,


Hi, I just repainted my fiberglass sink. It cost a whole $12. I sanded the glossy finish away and simply used a craft paint (antique copper by folkart found in Walmart .89 cents) I used a washcloth to sponge on 2 layers of this aged copper colored paint and then when it was dry I used a 2 part epoxy mixture with a water resistant rating. In 24 hours it is dry and being used. I used a product called ("pour on" from Ace hardware. It cost $10 and I used about 1/10 of it. As is is a 2 part mixture you can mix what you need and use the rest for later. It is a thick epoxy. I painted it on with a fine artist paint brush for a smooth finish. This sink now looks like an antique hammered copper sink and it only cost a few bucks. To resurface the formica counter top I applied a tile mastic and broken tile pieces in sort of a mosaic style and mixed a grout with a coordiating color to match the sink. It looks amazing. As for the wall paper and panneling..... I live in a 1985 mobile home which had putrid brown and blue flowers on the walls in the bathrooms and almond colored panneling elsewhere. As our coach is a bus conversion we purchased a new sink and shower. I found that as long as the wallpaper is firmly adhered to the wall you can use JOINT COMPOUND and apply it like plaster with a hand trowel. You can thin it out either with a little water or tint and thin it with a latex paint for a smoother texture or just do as I did and enjoy the thicker more adobe style. Paint or glaze takes right to it. My panneling was a wood panneling and didn't have a high gloss finish so I just plastered right over it. If yours is glossy just sand it till you remove the shine then plaster.
I took it a step further and drew grout lines on the walls then used masking tape to cover them, plastered over the tape and immediately removed the tape. This left me with a faux brick finish which can be accented with a reddish brown glaze for a realistic brick look. People walk up to my walls and are amazed that even up close they look and feel real. I taped off small brick sections on one wall then plastered the whole thing creating a loose plaster over brick effect. Really neat. Well I guess I have written enough for now, Good luck,


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