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Old 05-27-2008, 01:28 PM   #1
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I am trying to restore my 13' Scamp. It's an "80" with the old lining on the interior. I was wondering the best way to go about replacing it. I was told to just leave it and put the new lining over it. ??? I wasn't sure if anything would stick to it or how to go about doing that. I'm ready for a big project. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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Maybe you could repair it. Use 3M spray adhesive and I found the white tape for the seams.
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I'm kinda in agreement with Jim. Let's start with what's wrong with it. If it's a mess, we have some solutions for that. But even if you do put something over the top, it's like a paint job, the "foundation" has to be good to make the finished product last.
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I'm kinda in agreement with Jim. Let's start with what's wrong with it. If it's a mess, we have some solutions for that. But even if you do put something over the top, it's like a paint job, the "foundation" has to be good to make the finished product last.

Thanks for responding. Well, besides being obviously old it is a little sticky to the touch. The original owner left it without a few windows so, I've dealt with some molding around the top vent and on the lining itself. I bleached it which seemed to help. It would be easier if I didn't have to remove it but, it is slightly textured (rippled). I was told it was the original lining. ??? I'm just not sure what product to use. I've gotten mixed responses. Some say leave it and the other half says nothing will stick to it for long.
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You will learn to love the "elephant skin" interior. After a good scrubbing or two or three......I have used Pine-Sol and bleach with a scrub brush and it came out like new. Once it is clean, it is easy to keep clean with a quick wipe down. It may be a bit stickie to the touch if the PO was a smoker. Anyway, take the cushions and curtains out and lay some towels on the carpet, open all the windows and scrub to your heart's content. Keep us posted on how it comes out.
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You will learn to love the "elephant skin" interior. After a good scrubbing or two or three......I have used Pine-Sol and bleach with a scrub brush and it came out like new. Once it is clean, it is easy to keep clean with a quick wipe down. It may be a bit stickie to the touch if the PO was a smoker. Anyway, take the cushions and curtains out and lay some towels on the carpet, open all the windows and scrub to your heart's content. Keep us posted on how it comes out.
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I'm so glad to hear that someone still has the old lining. I actually do like the old "elephant skin." Perfect way to describe it. I've been cleaning it with a bleach product and was hoping it wasn't going to ruin it. I will clean it and keep it. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
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Try a mild TSP solution-- made our elephant hide look like new--- took all the yellowing (prob ncotine/smoke) right off and made it white again. Not sticky either... Larry
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Try a mild TSP solution-- made our elephant hide look like new--- took all the yellowing (prob ncotine/smoke) right off and made it white again. Not sticky either... Larry

thanks!! I can't wait to see what works. I was worried I'd need to completely remove the lining. But, agree that it'll (elephant hide) look nice cleaned up. I'll try it!! what did you use on the seams? I removed all the seam tape due to yellowing. I've looked at a couple different places and haven't seen anything similiar to what I need.
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You might also do a search of the Yahoo Scampers archives for seam tape replacement.
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You might also do a search of the Yahoo Scampers archives for seam tape replacement.

I'll do that. Thanks!!
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Sherry,

I have an 81 Scamp with the "hide." We used Fantastic and a good nylon brissle brush to clean. PO was a smoker and it was real sticky. The cleaning got it pretty good and then we painted it with Zinsser Perma White which is recommended here for painting the "hide." Got it at Lowes.

It came out really awesome and is bright white. A big advantage of the paint is that if we get marks or scuffs while camping that don't completely clean up I've got a quart of the Zinsser and in 5 seconds it's back to new.....

The Zinsser is tintable as well if you want to do some Fuschia Lioness color and make a fashion statement.
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Will contact cement to mount dust ruffles stick to the paint?
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Will contact cement to mount dust ruffles stick to the paint?
Don't know Pete, don't use anything like that in mine.
Paint doesn't flake off or anything and it's been over a year of hard use with no issues, so it might.
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Thanks!! I was looking at it today and noticed that some areas were white. So, when I'm finished scrubbing my little heart out, I'll have to paint it. I really can't wait to see the outcome. what did you use for the seams?

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