Refrigerator Interior - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-26-2003, 09:00 AM   #1
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Refrigerator Interior

Does anyone have a recommendation for how to spruce up the interior of the little refrigerators? Mine is the original (1987), I believe, and still runs well on battery, propane and electric. However, the plastic shell on the inside has several small cracks and is also discolored. It's too expensive an appliance to replace because of cosmetics.

I'll appreciate any/all ideas - and to those of you who have already shared your wealth of knowledge and experience about so many other issues - THANKS!
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Old 06-26-2003, 11:31 AM   #2
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Hummmm?? what Would one do?? caulking cracks then paint?? maybe that stuff Mike W used on the inside of his Boler. a vinyl type paint?
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Old 06-26-2003, 08:29 PM   #3
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Hi ___Just a thought. Try a little Bondo,Sand and touch up paint.
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Old 06-26-2003, 10:42 PM   #4
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If not the above, then I would use some fiberglass mat and just re-line the entire inside. Not too many complex angles, just make sure to roll it out well.
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Old 06-27-2003, 08:25 AM   #5
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Marine-tex should do the job too. I found it pretty easy to work with.
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Old 06-27-2003, 11:12 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions. I've worked with vinyl paint but not with Bondo, Marine-tex or fiberglass matting, so I've got some exploring to do. For sealing the cracks, what do you all think about covering the interior with that texturizing stuff you coat tools with - to get a better grip? Someone else had suggested contact paper but thought maybe off-gassing would be a problem. What the heck is off-gassing? And I confess the workings of this little fridge are a mystery to me, so I don't want to interfere with its operation. How you can cool/freeze something by burning propane is beyond me. But then, so is basic electricity. How did I live to get this old and remain so clueless about the way things work? :shg (That's rhetorical, OK?)
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Off-gassing is just a fancy name for the evaporation of chemicals from a given product. For instance that new car smell is actually formaldehyde and plastic residue wafting into the air. You will have to make sure that whatever you use dries really well and won't leve weird odors in your food.
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Old 06-27-2003, 01:30 PM   #8
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How about just a sheet of that rubbery shelf liner stuff in the bottom when you're ready? It would be easily removed for washing (while keeping the inside finish smooth also for ease of cleaning)
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Old 06-30-2003, 06:32 AM   #9
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Fiberglass Over Plastic

I may be overly cautious but epoxy resin attacks (melts) some plastics. If you're contemplating the fiberglass route, you might daub some mixed resin in an inconspicuous place to check first. Unless, of course, someone on the forum has had previous experience.
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<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f003548ad192scampfridgeliner.JPG/>

Here's a photo (hopefully) of the problem. Pretty nasty, eh?


{This photo came out too dinky - what did I do wrong?}
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