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Old 05-04-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried to paint that glossy fake wood that the Boler 17 cabinets, dinette, bunkbed is all made with? Or resurface it in any other way? (Other than making all new cabinets!) It is pretty tacky....But I don't want to paint it, if it will be easily chipped etc. over the years, and have a real mess on my hands, worse than the original! Thanks!
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:02 PM   #2
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I did mine. I lightly sanded then put a coat of good primer then my finishing paint. It did not chip while i owned it. I went with a white color and it looked ok.
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:13 PM   #3
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Is it like the stuff on Scamp cabinet doors, a Contac paper-type product on top of the wood? If it is, I removed it from my doors by peeling back a corner, then loosening it with a blow dryer. Most of it came off pretty easily but I had to scrape some spots. I painted over the wood with semi-gloss & it looks so much better! It's easy to clean too.
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:46 PM   #4
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Is it like the stuff on Scamp cabinet doors, a Contac paper-type product on top of the wood? If it is, I removed it from my doors by peeling back a corner, then loosening it with a blow dryer. Most of it came off pretty easily but I had to scrape some spots. I painted over the wood with semi-gloss & it looks so much better! It's easy to clean too.
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Wow, sounds great. Ours is not like a paper product, it's a type of glossy panel board type stuff, glued to a chip board, I think.... Ugh
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:48 PM   #5
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Wow, I was just looking at the web-site of Richelieu Hardware. Boy, they have some beautiful products to resurface with, but I don't know about cutting out all those rectangles, adhering them to old cabinets, etc. They have plastic panels, all types of metal...NICE
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:14 PM   #6
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Wow, sounds great. Ours is not like a paper product, it's a type of glossy panel board type stuff, glued to a chip board, I think.... Ugh
Hi: Peggy... Sounds like a job for Melamine paint. I did our fake wood kitchen doors 15 yrs. ago and only a couple of chips to date. Wash with a strong solution of T.S.P. to remove the gloss/grease then sand/prime/& paint (brush or foam roller). That should do it and fairly cheaply too!!!
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I agree with Alf. I purchased some primer that was specifically formulated for glossary surfaces. A light scuffing of the fake wood might help too.
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:42 AM   #8
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Peggy,

Any enamel paint will work on these cabinets. It is just a 1/6" faced luan plywood paneling and a good quality enamel will last for years without any problems as long as you prep and sand well first. As with ANY paint job, prep is 90% of a lasting result. First, open all of the windows and doors and wipe down with denatured alcohal. This will take dirt, greese and any gummy residue off. Then sand with 220 grit paper and wipe down again. On your plastic door trim, I'd either remove it or mask it off and paint it with the Krylon Plastics paint. The way the trim is held in place is these little L-shaped white plastic clips in slots on each mitered corner. Usually if you start tugging on them the corners will start to open up and you'll see what I am talking about.

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Old 05-12-2008, 04:27 PM   #9
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This sounds like the same interior product as is in our newly purchased '86, 17' Bigfoot - high, gloss, thin, cheap looking panel product. Does anyone know if it is the same and therefore I could also paint our interior with an enamel paint? (Sorry if the answer appears obvious, but I am new to trailer ownership of any kind and not at all familiar with the reno process of them.)

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Old 05-13-2008, 08:32 PM   #10
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I used a high quality primer with a good Melamine paint and it covers great. I also gave it a good cleaning and light sanding first.

I haven't road-tested it for chips yet, as my Boler isn't due to come off the production line for a couple months LOL

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