Should I paint the orange interior on a 1972 Trillium? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 07-29-2013, 08:32 AM   #1
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Should I paint the orange interior on a 1972 Trillium?

Hello Everyone,

I recently purchased a 1972 Trillium 1300 and was wondering if painting the orange interior, which I believe is original, decreases the value. I have thoroughly cleaned it with TSP and it looks pretty good, but to freshen everything up, I was leaning towards painting it. Maybe down the road if I ever sell "her" I may regret painting if there is more value in her original colour. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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There "might" be as many as three Trillium purists on the globe that would be offended by your plan to violate the original color scheme, but they each already own 5 or more each, and wouldn't likely be a customer when you want to resell.

Very, very few FGRV's fall into the category of being collectible and, if one does, even rarer is the buyer that would pay extra for that collectability.

In short, if there are no collectors willing to pay $$$, what value is collectible?
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Bob, very well said, so I will be busy painting it a "crisp linen". Thanks for the quick response. Therese
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:24 AM   #4
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Hi,

I have a '73 Trill that has the orange interior also. While I have contemplated painting the orange myself, it all came to the work involved to do it. Right now I have finally settled on a color scheme that I am happy with that matches the orange inside and just painted everything else white like the cupboard/closet doors, outside fridge, furnace vent cover, under cupboard light fixture, and a few other wooden shelves installed by a prior owner. I did install some allure flooring last summer but ended up taking it back out and now just using a couple of small rugs to keep the floor easy to clean and have the matching orange floor.

So, for now it is staying orange, maybe later I will paint it, but the orange is slowly growing on me. It is ok though, the original exterior color was green that the previous owner painted white. I would have felt like I was sleeping in a melon!
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Thanks Heidi, that is too funny. I love the line about living in a melon, because my outside is the original green! You did a beautiful job, something to think about. Maybe after I paint the ensolite, the orange may grow on me. Take care.

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Old 07-29-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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Heidi,

I forgot to ask if you use polish or anything else, to keep it so shining.

Thanks,
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:12 AM   #7
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Not a purist but there is a big plus side to not painting the fiberglass and working with a colour scheme that works with it. If you are like me and your trailer gets *a lot* of use I prefer to have the fiberglass over paint as it is not as prone to chipping or marking as paint is. Especially counter tops. Very simple to buff out any stains or marks and make it nice a shiny using a products such as 3M Clean and Wax or their Restore and Wax to get out heavy stains/marks.
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Thanks Therese!

There are some areas on the orange parts that are scratched up so I used what I use on my vehicle for minor scratches and it is Scratch Doctor by Nu Finish bought at either Walmart or Canadian Tire. It gave it a nice shine and gave it a more smooth look. There still are some deep scratches and marks but I am happy with it.

You are actually lucky to still have the original exterior. Even though I made the comment about the melon... I still would rather that than have to deal with painting the outside (mine needs badly). I would rather shine up the original fiberglass and make a really cool tropical melon theme!

You will have to post pics of your newly painted ensolite. I was just going to scrub mine again.
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Thank you ladies for your recommendations. I will definitely post pictures, once completed, I am hoping in two weeks.

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If you have some deep scratches in the counter you can always try using a compound paste on a power buffer with a wool pad to try and get them off.
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If you have some deep scratches in the counter you can always try using a compound paste on a power buffer with a wool pad to try and get them off.
Great idea Carol! Thanks!
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I think the orange is neato! So bright, even on a cloudy day. I think you should do what you want if it makes you happy. Carol's post about "easier" to keep clean, etc. when it's just fiberglass is spot on.

Rainbow fabrics would look good and create a happy theme!

Best of luck with your decision.
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