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Old 05-20-2016, 10:27 AM   #1
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Painting Rat Fur?

Hi all,

We're new Scamp owners HATING the rat fur. I know it's there for insulation and it seems like a major nightmare to remove it.

What do you all think about painting it? I know fabric paint is available but I've never used it. I think if I can get it lighter (rather than the hideous beige color) - it might be more tolerable.

Any of you have any suggestions on this?

Thanks!
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:27 AM   #2
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I would check with places that do auto detailing and reconditioning. I know a used car lot that dyed carpeting that was faded and it looked really good after. I do not think they can make it lighter. Maybe you could go from hideous beige to less hideous brown?
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:55 PM   #3
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Do a test in a spot that is out of sight to determine if U like it or not.
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:58 PM   #4
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The hull liner used in the Scamp starts is life in the boating industry and is designed to be water and mildew resistant. This is something this material does well. Allot of this performance may be done by treating the fabric with surface conditioners. These treatments usually resist surface treatments on top.

I have used automotive spray dyes in reconditioning automotive carpet and have used automotive upholstery paints on plastic car parts. The only way to tell what you will get is to try it on a sample. Maybe a piece from under the bench cubbies.

Whatever you do it will be very hard to get an even color throughout the coating. The next issue you may run into is this material is chosen for its mold resistant and its light weight. Painting may compromise both conditions. Adding significant weight to surface held by contact adhesive may cause disbonding issues.
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Old 05-20-2016, 02:54 PM   #5
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Ah, Steve, I hadn't even thought of the material not accepting a coating of paint. This makes sense if the purpose of it is water resistance. I think Darwin has a good point to try a test patch somewhere.
And yes, Jack, any other color would be preferable to this hideous beige! LOL

My other thought was to attach a lightweight fabric over the rat fur. Since the rat fur acts like velcro, I could potentially just velcro another fabric over it?
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:36 PM   #6
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What about decorating for more focal point on curtains, pillows, accessories and the like. Have the curtains wider so they cover some of the rat fur. There are so many photos here and the Scamp Facebook page, and great ideas. Granted, I don't mind the rat fur color, but I don't usually see it as my eyes are drawn to the other colors and decorations. Just a thought.
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Before you do something you might regret, consider that the ratfur covers a relatively small part of the interior over all. Change the curtains and add a couple of colorful throw pillows, and maybe velcro a little artwork to the walls and add a back splash. Colored lighting can make a huge difference as well. Scamp used to offer ratfur in what they called blue, it looked a lot like skim milk.
Most of us are some shade of beige or brown ourselves, but just THINK what a nice Hawaiian Shirt or a Purple Leisure Suit could do to jazz up our appearance!

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Or, go outside.
I guess that depends on where you are!
I've been out west some places where there was nothing but BEIGE all the way to the horizon in every direction!
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:14 PM   #10
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You can't make a color lighter by dying it you can only do that by bleaching it but you would have no control over the bleaching process with a material that is already in position.

Because the fabric of the rat fur is made from plastics you might try spray painting it with Krylon Fusion. At least it is easy to find in your local hardware store. Do a test sample in a hidden area inside of a cabinet.

But be forewarned about painting soft fibers, it will end up making them stiff rather than soft and comfy. It may also change other characteristics such as the ability to insulate, deaden sound and hold onto moisture for long enough to keep it from dripping on your head. Plus as some people said it could potentially reduce the ability to fend off mold and mildew.
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Thanks All, I think I'm just turned off by it because it's staring me in the face. You're right, once I get our "stuff" in there, the rat fur will probably fade into the background.
This rainy weekend, I plan on sewing new cushion covers and curtains which should jazz up the place a bit.
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Thanks All, I think I'm just turned off by it because it's staring me in the face. You're right, once I get our "stuff" in there, the rat fur will probably fade into the background.
This rainy weekend, I plan on sewing new cushion covers and curtains which should jazz up the place a bit.
That really is your BEST approach to it. Pretty well anyone who owns a Scamp who has decided messed with the rat fur or remove it has ended up regretting it.

I did not like it in my Scamp at first either. But once I made some nice curtains and pillows and re did the cushion covers I did not even notice it.
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I was thinking of covering my rat fur with marine vinyl headliner. That would require the gluing the headliner directly over the rat f ur. Has anyone tried that?
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Thanks All, I think I'm just turned off by it because it's staring me in the face. You're right, once I get our "stuff" in there, the rat fur will probably fade into the background.
This rainy weekend, I plan on sewing new cushion covers and curtains which should jazz up the place a bit.
send pix when you finish-I'm looking for ideas
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