Starting a makeover! - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-29-2003, 10:29 AM   #1
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Starting a makeover!

Hello,
I have begun to give my Love Bug a makeover. Where in the world can I get the wall liners (for lack of a better word) The material that covers the fiberglass walls is in poor shape. The seam tape is missing. Are there any options to finish the walls another way?

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Old 01-29-2003, 11:33 AM   #2
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fish for walrus???

The seam tape on my '72 Boler was more than 1/2 gone. There are replacements out there that some people have used. I personally just tore all all the seam tape, filled the gaps with white paintable caulk and moved on. I like the smoother finish anyway.

Your insulation material:
I assume it's the same foam-rubber-like material as on Bolers? If so - when you say it's in bad shape, what egg-zactly do you mean? If it's just a matter of the seams and a little (or a lot) of discolorization and dirt - I think that it would be best to clean it up and not try to replace it all.

My insulation was REALLY nasty with mildew and was also falling down in places. I glued it back up with construction adhesive (liquid nails), cleaned it well (Tilex bath and tile cleaner) and eventually repainted it all (Rustoleum's spray vinyl - it's sold for fixing up car seats and dashboards. I used it on my insulation (white). I also used the black spray vinyl on all the rubber that was looking chalky. Gave it that nice new luster. :)

For the insulation - between spraying the insulation WHITE and replacing a dark carpet with light (mostly white) floor tiles - the inside of the Boler was considerably brightened. Now it's just the defects in the internal fiberglass furniture (seats & dinette) that bugs me. :)
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Old 01-29-2003, 12:32 PM   #3
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Makeover

Thanks,
I think I'll try and clean it up well and try to find some caulk. I did not know if anyone else did anything different. Just looking for some options.
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Old 01-29-2003, 01:06 PM   #4
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I had to scrub down the inside of ours 3 times. There were years of bacon grease and cigerette smoke and god-knows-what on the walls. Once clean I used an Almond colored paintable caulk too. Like Mike, we went with white floor tiles and I fixed all the dings in the fiberglass with gel-coat. There are pix of our interior and restoration at my site, below.
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Old 01-30-2003, 07:44 AM   #5
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Jamie!

Jamie! I'm excited! Post some before and after pictures as you go along, ok?
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Old 01-30-2003, 08:32 AM   #6
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post pictures

I'd settle for the picture you have in your avatar, over in this part, bigger so I could see it. :)
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Old 01-30-2003, 10:00 AM   #7
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I will take many pictures as I progress with the makeover. I just wish it would warm up a bit so I can start! My garage has my '60 VW doublle door panel bus and it's not moving any time soon. I'll get the heater fired up on The Love Bug and start shortly.
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Old 01-30-2003, 10:07 AM   #8
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Picture of Bug pulling a Love Bug

My avatar is taken from an advertisement in Popular Mechanics that Benita showed me. <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e394c9e56e10Love Bug.jpg/>

Here is a picture of my old bus and The Love Bug
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e394dd0b6883EB24008.jpg/>
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Old 01-30-2003, 10:15 AM   #9
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Watching others work!

Jamie, I don't have any advice (yet) but I just want to welcome you to the board and chime in that I, too, look forward to seeing your progress with the Love Bug.

Harper's Ferry's a beautiful, magical place; I hope to get back up that way one of these days...

Now, back to work!

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Old 01-30-2003, 01:39 PM   #10
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Cool! What IS a Love Bug? I mean "Make" not crabs.:huh :red
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Old 01-30-2003, 02:01 PM   #11
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What is The Love Bug

My guess is as good as yours:) I have had the Love Bug for over two years and haven't found any info except that it was made in Tripoli Iowa in 1973. It was not til I got here that I saw anything about my little egg. Benita showed me these links.

http://www.geocities.com/bolerama/trailering.html

http://www.geocities.com/bolerama/popularm...hanics1973.html


This was the only info that I have gotten. Here's a link to My Love Bug Page
http://home.earthlink.net/~theauchs/Lovebu...bug/Lovebug.htm
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Wow, it kinda looks like a cross between a Boler and maybe a Scamp. Tri-Fab. Thanks for sharing! A vent hood too!
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