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    Now here’s what I call “REALLY getting into your work!” The only difference between remodeling a traditional residence and a vintage trailer is the le
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    I am renovating my 1972 airstream 23 ft land yact to live in full-time. I have found your blog an inspiration. Although I can’t afford to do things as finely as you have done, I really like these uncluttered spaces. How are the upper cabinets given a more modern look? I hate mine and have been struggling to find an affordable solution. The other thing I am wondering was how did you get the super clean and finished walls? I can’t really see any rivets or blemishes in the photos. Lastly, the shower… How did you seal the original panels so water wouldn’t run behind the wall? Thanks for the information. I am an novice when it comes to these things but need a place to live and happen to own an airstream so I am going to try it. Any and all advice is helpful. I have to get into it by 9/1 so I have been rushing it. Thank you!

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    Matthew Hofmann

    Good to hear you’re embarking on the renovation journey. Let’s see. The overhead cabinets are a common thread that are reused time and time again in my renovations. Removing the plastic that covers the metal, and using a high quality, latex based paint on the remaining plastic material can give the cabinets a very nice look. I often remove everything, clean it up, and reinstall in select ways to clean up/ modernize the look. Depending on the year, the evolution of these cabinets show a beautiful design at every stage. You needn’t spend much, if any on materials. Just labor for reconditioning and repainting as required.

    For walls, I generally clean the surface thoroughly then use a 220 sandpaper to all surfaces. I apply an adhesion primer to the surface, then use a zero VOC paint (usually satin or semigloss depending on the trailer and location.)

    The shower is a complex series of parts and pieces that come together to produce a relatively lightweight, flexible and secure solution. Take a look through the “Airstream Renovation Blog” – There is at least one post there that documents this.

    Best of luck with your project. Keep in touch!


    Kathy Conte

    I’m restoring a 1994 25 foot Excella. I’d like to paint the walls but they are covered with Zolatone. Did you have this in your trailers and if so, how did you prepare and paint them?

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    I get a lot of questions about this, so I’ve written a blog about how we deal with this process. Click here to check it out. Sounds like a fun project and a “right-sized” Airstream for some enjoyable travel. Send me some photos of your completed project from somewhere stunning!

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