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Old 06-19-2007, 12:37 PM   #1
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Our 74 Boler, 13 ft. still has the original countertop. It is in rough shape, and has a 1 inch hole, I guess where there used to be a support for something above. I was thinking I'd buy a peice of Arborite and contact cement it on top. But the back looks a bit tricky, as there is a 2 inch high lip at the back of the fibreglass countertop. That will be in the way. I was also thinking I might run the arborite up the back to the top cupboard too, as the ensolite must be a pain to keep clean behind the stovetop. Looks like lots of folks have installed new countertops and backsplashes, so looking for ideas. Thanks
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:55 PM   #2
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Use a 1inch hole saw to cut out a 1 inch diameter circle, stick it in the hole, fiberglass it in. sand flush. Use some glazing compound or bondo to flatten it out perfectly (and any other damage); then paint the whole thing with Interlux Brightside and you have a beautiful top again.
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:08 PM   #3
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:49 PM   #4
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I never thought of painting the countertop. Didn't thing it would be near as durable as arborite. Where are people finding this Interlux paint? Do we have a Canadian chain that carries it? Thanks!
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:58 PM   #5
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The paint commonly used for countertops has been "melamine" (a term used in this context apparently only in Canada); it's tough, but not even close to the original plastic surface (I tried it temporarily in my home kitchen).

Interlux users swear by the stuff, although usually for painting the outside of the trailer; it must be available in Canada (since Herb's in Alberta), and I would try a boat supply store (it's marine paint). I don't know how well it works - I hate painting and have done none on my Boler.
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:38 PM   #6
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I purchased a piece of Corian off E-bay. Cut it to size, routered the edge and cut out the holes for a new sink and the stove. Glued it to the existing countertop covering any holes that I didn't need. It was easy.
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:51 PM   #7
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Back splashes? Let's see, I've seen either first hand or pics of:
diamond plate
linoleum
wood
tin ceiling material
tile (ceramic and plastic)
plexiglass (colored?)
and thick mylar plastic

I suppose it would depend upon any theme you may have going, how much you want to spend or talent of the installer. The important thing to remember about an egg shaped trailer is that whatever you use has to be able to bend...maybe slightly, but the wall certainly isn't flat.

Can't wait to see what you come up with
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Our 74 Boler, 13 ft. still has the original countertop. It is in rough shape, and has a 1 inch hole, I guess where there used to be a support for something above. I was thinking I'd buy a peice of Arborite and contact cement it on top. But the back looks a bit tricky, as there is a 2 inch high lip at the back of the fibreglass countertop. That will be in the way. I was also thinking I might run the arborite up the back to the top cupboard too, as the ensolite must be a pain to keep clean behind the stovetop. Looks like lots of folks have installed new countertops and backsplashes, so looking for ideas. Thanks
Just an offside comment. That 1" hole may have been where the electrical wires ran up a chromed tube to the upper cabinet.
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Interlux users swear by the stuff, although usually for painting the outside of the trailer; it must be available in Canada (since Herb's in Alberta), and I would try a boat supply store (it's marine paint). I don't know how well it works - I hate painting and have done none on my Boler.
When I did our 1300, I gutted the inside and painted the whole thing with Interlux Brightside white. Insulation, cabinets, everything... The counter top came out nice and glossy. It held up pretty well over 5 or so years...

Any marine store will carry or can get Interlux. Canadian tire used to carry it but I don't know if they still do.
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:01 PM   #10
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Hi Chris, yes, that Corian does a real slick coverup.....very nice! ....Benny
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:23 PM   #11
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We added a new wood countertop over the original fibreglass, and then ran the electrical wires up through a section of metal conduit inside a hollow section of bamboo.

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Is that faux painting on the walls?
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:39 AM   #13
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I did some thing similar to Steve's with a piece of plywood and arborite on the top of counter.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:35 AM   #14
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Wow, Raymond, that is beautiful! Did you add this all over top of the existing fibreglass top? If I take the propane stovetop up, is there an easy way to disconnect the propane line to give me room to work, and drop the new countertop down? Thanks!
I was also wondering about an extension on the countertop to the right, so it would be over the front bunk of the boler 13, perhaps hinged to fold down, but able to flip up, level with the work counter when we need extra surface area. Sorta like a table, with a fold-down leaf. I wonder if anyone has added something like that?
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