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Old 01-13-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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I am brand new today and could really use some advise. I bought a 1988 boler 13ft back in late August. It was in fair shape but not what I wanted so began my journey. I redid the plumbing, electrical, strip the carpet off the walls yes I said carpet, so then I was left with glue and carpet fibers to re cover. I was thinking about using some type of roll on texture paint but cannot find anyone locally with enough knowledge. I have also stripped the cupboard doors and will rebuild them and did some fiberglassing on the outside and had it painted. I would really appreciate any advice for the inside walls as I am at a lost.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:32 PM   #2
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I have zero experience with this, but a thought crossed my mind. What about something like this?
Homax 16 oz. Aerosol Ceiling Popcorn Professional Match Texture-4070-06 at The Home Depot
If one could spray on a popcorn texture, it would cover a multitude of imperfections. Some people also turn this into a "knockdown texture" by skimming lightly over it while fresh with a trowel. Just a wild thought. I'm sure some folks with actual experience will chime in soon.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:38 PM   #3
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Thanks mike I have been looking at all these products but most require a porous surface. I even spoke to the rust-oleum factory. But maybe these other products would work. Not sure about cracking when movement occurs. hopefully someone out there has tried some of these products.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:49 PM   #4
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to the Forum Fay.
I know you will have some great memories with this.
(well, maybe after it's over...lol)

I know there are lots of folks on here who do have the experiences.
And we would all love to follow your journey with you if you have pics.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:58 PM   #5
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I've not re-done my Casita walls, but I would caution using anything like the spray on texture. Remember your TT walls are all within reach and many of the ceiling textures are not made to be touched. In fact, they are very fragile.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:13 PM   #6
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I would be glad to add pictures I will download from my camera this weekend. And will continue to add as my journey continues. This is the only picture on my computer. More to follow.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:27 PM   #7
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Somebody with more experience or the link will chime in here but I do remember seeing somebody redo their interior with the spray on truck bed liner type material. It flexed while under way and had no problem being touched and was easy to clean yet didn't add a ton of weight but did add insulation. Maybe search for "spray on bed liner" and see if the thread comes up. Please post pix as we looooove pix!
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:50 PM   #8
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My question is are you wanting just a nice looking finish on the interior wall or are you wanting a more functional insulated interior and finish (this would be my recommendation to have some control over temperature, condensation and noise)? There are several threads on using the reflectix insulation then covering that with Marine Hull Liner.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:47 PM   #9
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Thank you all for the advice I will research all suggestions. To answer your question Ian I would hope to have something nice and functional. I live in an area that has limited tech support for the reno of a travel trailer. So I was hoping to do it myself. My biggest problem is, is that I do not have a smooth surface to start. If I do not paint what other types of products do they use for the walls. I do have a roll of carbon fibre but the surface is not smooth enough for this product.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:29 PM   #10
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I think you best source for help may be the DIY marine enthusiast. This group are "experts" (I use the term with some caution) on installing hull liner, with and without insulation, on rough fiberglass that is curving in every direction. Sounds to me just what you have with your Boler. There are many videos on YouTube which capture the experiences of those installing insulation and the hull liner on their nautical rebuilds.

Probably worth a look and at least a starting point. But I would highly recommend that you install some insulation, without it in the Canadian climate you will have considerable condensation inside your trailer.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:43 PM   #11
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Your answer might be be found in what was used back in the 50's and 60's Airstreams, "ZolaTone" paint. It is a multi color/multi texture paint popular with boat builders and others and it comes in a multitude of colors and patterns. There is almost no imperfection that it won't mask...

Here's a link to a supplier with some color samples a few pages down. Easy Peasy I'd say.

Zolatone - Buy Warehouse Direct and Save
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Do you have anything but bare fiberglass walls and fuzzy stuff left from removing the carpet? What do you plan to use for insulation? THAT's what I do, Reflectix followed by Hull Liner. Otherwise, you're going to have a non-insulated trailer.... but, maybe that's what you want?
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Fay, there are several members here who have done just what you are looking to do. I think some documented their experience in our Modifications forum. I copied a couple of links below, but there are several others. And welcome to FiberglassRV.com!

Here's one that used the marine headliner over reflectix: Boler Interior Resto

And here's one that used ensolite:
Rebuild of a Trillium Sportsman.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:41 PM   #14
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I am so happy

I am so happy that I took the time to join all of your advice and help is wonderful. I hope to post some pictures on the weekend. Thank you again.
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