Our '78 Triple-E Surfside
has been in the family for a very long time. I inherited it from my parents two years ago, we love it and want to fix it up. It's in pretty good shape but still showing its years. My dad's done a few "renos" in the past, including new carpet installed, new curtains, some work on the furnace
, and replacing the interior wood's trim with laminate strips.
We have already done some work on the trailer, including recovering all the interior upholstery.
At present, the first order of priority is the windows
- those 2-pane Jalousies need new seals and new cranks, plus a cleaning and polish. I also need to do something about the rock guard and shade on the front - that's getting pretty worn.
We intend to paint
the outside, but that may be a while. Will also consider shrink-wrapping it as an alternative. So we will be giving the outer shell a fibreglass-specific treatment for cleaning and polishing the surface this weekend, as the interim measure.
And I will be sanding down the interior laminate surfaces in preparation for priming and painting
, since the laminate is no longer in good condition. The laminate also has the t-bar type trim (plastic has warped with age and is mostly gone). I'm thinking of replacing it all with retro metal trim if it can be found in an affordable range.
The enamel on the radiator is terribly cracked and needs repainting too.
I have the following questions, if anyone can advise on resources or sellers:
- notions on how to go about replacing the undulated fibreglass shield in the rock guard without breaking the frame
- tips on protecting other surfaces while sanding, besides a drop cloth on the ground (like the vinyl/foam wall covering)
- Good places for metal furniture trim (t-bar type)?
-Any tutorials on stripping or prepping the metal furnace
guard and range cooktop for repainting?
Will keep posting here as I progress in the adventure of renovating our Surfside