Need help with yucky Trilliam fridge - Fiberglass RV

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Old 04-17-2016, 11:14 AM   #1
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Need help with yucky Trilliam fridge

Trailer was left for years and I'm trying to make it useable again. Trying to get the faux wood panel out of the fridge door with no luck. I have removed all hardware and fasteners from the trim, I can see where the trim ends meet and tried prying and heat while prying, still nothing and I don't want to ruin the trim. Anyone done this with success?

Also the plastic inside the fridge is stained, I've tried a few different things and it's getting better but a slow process, any hot tips?


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Old 04-17-2016, 11:22 AM   #2
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I believe bleach should remove stains in 15 minutes.

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Old 04-17-2016, 11:44 AM   #3
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For stains, maybe one of those gel type bathroom cleaners would work if you brush it around and let it sit. After that, Ajax or Comet powder used as a scrub is more abrasive, but it might do the trick.

The panel on the Dometic is removeable. I did mine. Maybe rust has welded some parts together. Try PB Blaster spray at the joints and screw holes.

Good luck!

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Old 04-17-2016, 12:12 PM   #4
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After you get the refrigerator as clean and stain free as possible, tape off everything you don't want to get over sprayed and spray with Fusion paint.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:35 AM   #5
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From the picture it looks like the panel is loose in the middle. I pulled ours out by pulling on the middle of the panel until it came out of the trim on the sides. Then I cut a piece of arborite to size and slid it back in. The top of the fridge did come apart a bit to make it easier to slide the new piece back in.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:42 AM   #6
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I primed and painted the wood paneling on my fridge, has stood up well so far (same color i did all the drawers and doors.)
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:55 AM   #7
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Sometimes the channel that the panel sits in gets pushed in tight against the panel.
You may have to pry ( gently) the channel away from the panel.
Also, ours had a couple of strips of double sided tape holding it in.
It took some finessing but eventually it came out damage free. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:01 AM   #8
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I've had good luck getting rid of stains and funky smells and rust/iron stains in/on plastic using alternating treatments of javex and a paste of Borax and lemon juice, rinsing between treatments. It does take a while.

If you are putting this much work into the old fridge I'm sure that you've confirmed it is working properly and safely. You might want to have an RV place check the cowling behind the fridge before you reinstall it. My RV place told me that what was on my '76, while still sound, no longer met the safety code and he would have to red tag it unless something was done to better seal the burner area away from the cabin. In our case, the fridge wasn't worth fixing anyway, so I scrapped it.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:19 AM   #9
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I used to detail RV interiors for a living. I've seen worse fridges than this, but this on is pretty bad, yep.

Go to the dollar store (really) Get a few bottles of "LA's Totally Awesome" liquid cleaner.

Spray it on directly, no diluting..let it sit for 1/2 hour. Wipe and rinse with wetish rag. Repeat if needed. Its just that easy. (Really)
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:17 PM   #10
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If you gently pry it up in the middle of one edge will it not pop out? As for the cleaning, I would also try the Barkeeper's Friend. Cleans things like that very well.
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:57 PM   #11
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Whink is the best I have seen to remove stains in plastic/fiberglass.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:34 PM   #12
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Why are you trying to get the door panel off so badly? Granted it's ugly but who knows what's beneath it? (unless you already have something to replace it with)

If it were me, (and I know it's not, just saying) I would paint it with chalk board paint and make it a neat little message board, mucho easier than anything else.

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Old 04-18-2016, 08:17 PM   #13
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Do you have a thin piece of metal such as a metal ruler you could try and slide in behind the cover & the fridge door backing to see if perhaps someone glued it in?
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:53 PM   #14
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There appear to be screws, or plugs with screws under them at the bottom of the picture that shows the whole door. If it's like my dishwasher, you undo those screws and remove the bottom part of the frame. You then can slide the panel out. On my dishwasher, the panel was black on one side and white on the other. I just flipped it and put the frame back together.

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