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Old 03-08-2006, 12:05 PM   #1
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I need to paint the interior ensolite of my Boler. What type of paint do I need to procure for the best results ?

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Old 03-08-2006, 01:01 PM   #2
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When I painted the interior of my Boler - I used the vinyl paint that is sold in rattle cans for sprucing up dashboards and such.

While I had NO problems with it in the Boler - I used it on some other items and had an irritating problem of it flaking off if the surface was sufficiently bent (OK, seriously torqued!!).

You might consider another product I used this last fall on a non-trailer project (my son's halloween costume). I used the new "plastic paints" on that. NOTHING I could do (other than scratching) could remove that paint from the plastic panels I'd painted. That includes bending it 180-degrees over onto itself.

What you might consider is using the inside of the closet (or something similar) as a test area. Try the vinyl paint, the plastic paint, melamine paint (others have used that) and whatever else you'd like to try in patches. Let them dry, then subject them to whatever punishment you'd like to see how they hold up for you and how they look once they're on the walls.

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Old 03-08-2006, 01:21 PM   #3
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Check out the Krylon products. I have been using their quick dry lacqeurs for years on snowmobiles and all kinds of pojects for years. I have tried many other products and all ways come back to Krylon.
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I should have added this one also. They make a good product.
http://www.duplicolor.com/
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Old 03-08-2006, 01:25 PM   #5
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Spray painting the entire inside ensolite headliner seems less than appealing. Isn't there something that can be rolled on?

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Old 03-08-2006, 02:47 PM   #6
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As Mike suggested Melamine paint: Decotime. It can be rolled or brushed on.
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Spraying the inside isn't too bad. You just have to make sure that EVERYTHING is masked off (blue tape and newspaper) AND you want to be sure you've got it very well ventilated (fan-driven).

The vinyl and plastic paints I think only come in rattle cans. I like the nice smooth even coverage that gives though.

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Old 03-08-2006, 06:54 PM   #8
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Spraying the inside isn't too bad. You just have to make sure that EVERYTHING is masked off (blue tape and newspaper) AND you want to be sure you've got it very well ventilated (fan-driven).

The vinyl and plastic paints I think only come in rattle cans. I like the nice smooth even coverage that gives though.

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I also need to paint the ensolite in my egg and was wondering if there is a textured paint that can be used? Thanks Joe
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Old 03-08-2006, 07:37 PM   #9
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I used Perma White by Zinsser, so far so good.

http://www.zinsser.com/product_detail.asp?ProductID=35
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:38 AM   #10
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The inside of my Love Bug was very moldy when I started. I scrubbed it doewn good and then used stain blocking primer (2 coats). The final coat was regular semi-gloss interior latex paint. I rolled it on and got excellent results. The great thing about this type of paint is that you can get any color you want. It is also dirt cheap.

I got outstanding comments at the Scamp Camp in Baraboo last summer.

Good luck on your project.
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I did the inside of the cabinets with a white enamel, after cleaning well with first a solution of bleach and TSP (tri-sodium phosphate). The problem I experienced was the enamel flowed into the 'dents' in the ensolite surface at the expense of the ridges. The ridges appear to have only a very thin coat, where the dimples seem to be much whiter.

It took a second and third application to coat the ridges sufficiently. However I'm not entirely excited about applying that much paint to the whole interior of the coach.

Looking at the Zinzer website mentioned in Lisbeth's post above, I think that may be a winner. The three factors I like about it are 1) mildew proof, 2) flexibility and 3) adherance to even glossy undercoats. A fourth is that it is water based. The fumes from the enamel drying are not nice, even with all the windows open and a 20 inch box fan blowing in the door.

I checked on availability in my area and there are several local places that carry it, so I think I'll just saunter over and check it out, especially if it's a rainy day. It always seems such a waste to spend time shopping when the sun is shining.
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Old 03-11-2006, 01:06 PM   #12
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I suppose if I were doing the inside of my trailer`s ensolite I would do a fair amount of research on paints to make sure that what I put on would permanently adhere and not cause problems down the road where I`d have to strip it all off or replace the Ensolite or line the bare inside trailer with something else .....The last thing I`d want is to have the paint start chipping or peeling off......Benny
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Old 03-12-2006, 12:03 PM   #13
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I agree Benny. But what I found was a crap shoot. In a perfect world there would be more information available about painting ensolite. There are all kinds of paints and primers that say they will "stick to anything". I also think it depends on the condition of the ensolite, mine was filthy, cover in grease, dirt, and smoke. It took two complete literal hose downs with several kinds of cleaner and scrub brushes to get it where I was semi comfortable painting it. It's been painted about a year and so far so good.

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When we painted that pebbly stuff in Egbert a couple of years back, we used interior latex flat wall paint. I had it in the garage and figgered if it was good enough for my living room, it was good enough for the Trillium. Cleaned it real well as prep and used a brush and roller to apply. No primer.

Curiously, turns out I was right (for once... just ask her). When we sold Egbert a little over a year later, we had had no recurrence of the mold and no flaking at all. He still looked great as she drove off.

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