Should I remove Ensolite? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-20-2020, 02:43 PM   #1
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Should I remove Ensolite?

Hi guys! I am debating if I should remove the ensolite (elephant skin) from my Boler. I simply prefer the look of the smooth walls. However, I am concerned that it won't be as well isolated and/or it will be a real mess to remove. I would love to hear some of your experiences and input!

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Old 05-20-2020, 02:58 PM   #2
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The walls behind the ensolite are not smooth. Paint it if it is not the color you like. It keeps water and condensation from running down the walls. It is tough, cleanable, and is more than aesthetics. IMHO, you would be greatly damaging your boler if you removed it.

Wash your hands!
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Old 05-20-2020, 05:34 PM   #3
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Personally, the last thing I would do is remove the ensolite.
Clean and repair,, as a last resort paint it.
I'd rather do it myself, done right or not. Isn't that what a hobby is all about?
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Old 05-20-2020, 05:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback! I toured a few different Bolers before buying and none of them had the Ensolite interior so I really was just unsure of what the common practice was. I'm happy that it's in good condition (no mold or mildew) so I'll give it a good clean and a paint job!

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Old 05-20-2020, 05:59 PM   #5
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The Ensolite was put in originally when Boler discovered that the walls would sweat and water run done them without some kind of insulation.
Remove the Ensolite and paint it and get ready to have wet walls.
Just paint the Ensolite.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:41 PM   #6
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Don't remove ensolite

I would not suggest removing ensolite.
Like everyone says, it provides insulation as well as lower the amount of condensation.

Removing it all down to the bare fiberglass (which will be rough and textured, not smooth) will be difficult as you will need to scrape away the bits of black foam that'll get left behind..

Find inconspicuous ensolite,.i.e under the bed storage and use that to patch problem areas.
Super 77 spray adhesive works well for patching.
Dynaflex 230 caulk works well for seams.
Zinnizer 123 primer for priming
Any high traffic latex paint for painting, applied with high density foam roller.

Also take photos so we can all see your reno progress

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