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Old 03-06-2015, 11:29 AM   #15
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Thanks guys! Definitely a HUGE labor of love. Still have so much more to do and I think I might be taking way too much time with it but I can finally see the finish line. Lots of advice and help from these forums contributed greatly!!


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Old 04-10-2015, 09:34 AM   #16
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...started the kitchen area last weekend. Hope to have all the wood work finished this weekend.


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Old 04-10-2015, 09:38 AM   #17
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....and a shot of the ceiling in process I attached a few weeks back.


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Old 04-10-2015, 10:25 AM   #18
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Looks real good and well thought out. How was the smell of that paint while it was curing? How long did it take to set-up?
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:05 AM   #19
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Looks real good and well thought out. How was the smell of that paint while it was curing? How long did it take to set-up?

Are you referring to the interior paint? If so, it was a acrylic latex bathroom paint I put on with a gun. Only smelled for a couple of days. I'm going to be staining and varnishing the interior in a few weeks and I know that will smell for a while so the last things to go in will be the windows and door. I painted the interior in a few hours.... What took a while was putting in the reflectix and then the closed cell foam on top. Eeks!


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Old 04-10-2015, 11:56 AM   #20
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I was referring to the exterior polyurethane. I know while spraying these some of them are obnoxious until cured.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:00 PM   #21
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Oh actually not bad at all. The odour lasted a few days and now obviously nothing. It's a very durable paint system I used...a marine grade, etc...


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Old 04-10-2015, 12:02 PM   #22
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System 3 gel coat... I sprayed inside a small Quonset wearing a proper canister mask. Opened her up after and smell was gone In a couple days.


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Old 04-21-2015, 01:32 PM   #23
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So I ended up taking most of the top coat off the whole trailer, started with an 80 grit, and finished with a 120. Primer went on amazing as well as the final 2-3 coats. I ended up using the 'system 3' gel coat paint system. I did the whole paint job with a spray gun and it worked out well. Next, windows are installed and we start with the interior... pics to follow as always
looks great, good job. well done.
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:59 PM   #24
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More progress pics... For those whom are interested. Put in some cool brake/signal lights this weekend, led lights in the interior roof, switches, outside shower, water service, cord box, and marker lights. Varnished the wood interior with about 6 coats to make it glass like.....goal is to have it ready for first weekend in July. More pics to come...Click image for larger version

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Beauty!

What is the metallic panelling?

I'm new here - if we pull out all of our cabinetry can it go back in? Do people build their own primarily for customization? Is weight a factor? Can I expect our cabinetry to have some kind of issue due to age (1975) or is it usually fairly solid - I'm assuming its fiberglass...

We have a paint design in mind and I'm thinking paint with decals would be the way to go, or a vinyl wrap but that could be too expensive.
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Looks great! I'm in the same process with my 78 surfside. Rebuilding the interior now. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-22-2015, 11:25 PM   #27
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Beauty!

What is the metallic panelling?

I'm new here - if we pull out all of our cabinetry can it go back in? Do people build their own primarily for customization? Is weight a factor? Can I expect our cabinetry to have some kind of issue due to age (1975) or is it usually fairly solid - I'm assuming its fiberglass...

We have a paint design in mind and I'm thinking paint with decals would be the way to go, or a vinyl wrap but that could be too expensive.
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Hello and welcome!

Not metallic paneling, just birch plywood stained with mixture of stains I threw together and varnished several times.

The window frames were stained to give a 'weathered look'. Can't see them really in any of these pics but it looks great. Still not sure if I'm going to keep it or not.

I have to be honest with you.... I don't know a lot of what was originally in my trailer, as it was an empty shell when I bought it, but I know some did come with fiberglass cabinets and apparently you can put them back in. I used a combination of pine and cedar framework. Fiberglass "Tabbed" my whole interior so I would have something to attach the cabinets to. My interior is fairly light. I know these surfsides were rated to weigh about 1500lbs when filled and ready to go.

Hope this helps... There is so much info on this site to help you out. I knew nothing originally and pulled a lot of ideas and solved a lot of problems by perusing the threads.

Good luck!
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Looks great! I'm in the same process with my 78 surfside. Rebuilding the interior now. Attachment 84177Attachment 84178


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Hey!

I've been following your progress. I would have been done last summer myself but I have two kids below the age of 19 months.....sooooooo, I guess I'm a little behind on the trailer reno.

The rate you're going you're going to be done in a couple weeks!!
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