1997 Starcraft 1224 - Pics

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    I normally make videos for youtube, but in my haste to finish the restoration project on our 1997 Starcraft 1224, I only snapped a few pics. A youtube friend asked if I would share the pics... so here they are. I'll do my best to add captions.
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    The traditional medium-wood-colored interior cabinets were removed, cleaned, spray painted with off-white/creme.
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    While everything was out, we cut and laid in a vinyl faux-wood floor.
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    Reinstalled the cabinets. I had to do a little woodworking repair. Some pieces broke while removing. It was easy to fix. My wife recovered the cushions with cheap canvas initially.
    It was very clean. So much brighter.
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    My wife spent a lot of time cleaning the exterior with simple green. The windows were so gross, but looked like new after she polished them with plastx.
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    I cleaned (wire wheel brush on a drill) the entire frame and then used brush-on rust oleum to seal and protect. It looked like new when I was done.
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    The of course I refinished the roof and it made it look like a new camper. Video here:


    Later my wife changed the color of the cushions/curtains. I'll post pics of that in the next comment below.
     
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    Here is the repainted roof. And version 2 of the interior. She wanted more fun color for the kids. It worked. The kids really enjoyed it. Sorry the interior pics are not very crisp. 20180713_150558.jpg 20180809_205415.jpg 20180809_205322.jpg

    We had so many great memories in this camper. However, last winter, someone climbed on top of the camper while it was in storage and crushed the corner of the roof. The break in the seam allowed water to enter... and as we all know water is the destroyer. The roof was destroyed by moisture and the mold smell was terrible. It needed to be completely rebuilt. I weighed the effort and space I would to make the repair and decided to trade it in (I told the RV center what had happened and they gave us $500). We were all very sad about losing Phyllis. But not as sad as my wife. I have a motorcycle. But this camper was her toy and she worked tirelessly to make it safe and comfortable for her kids. A hard day when I towed it away.
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    We ended up with a new 2019 Forest River Rockwood 2280BHESP
     
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    Good luck with the new camper !
     
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    Thanks for posting! I’m the guy from YouTube :)

    what kind of flooring and paint did you go with? Did you remove the winch and cable? I don’t see it in the pictures for when you repainted the frame.

    Did the white cabinets show more dirt than normal, or is that overblown by people warning about the color?

    Anything you would have done differently in hindsight?
     
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    sstressfl
    Good to see you on the portal. I had watched your roof painting video a few times! :eek:)
    I too painted my roof and am in the process of removing 2 of the 3 layers of Luan ceiling and gluing up plastic sheets. Plus many other projects.
    So sorry to hear of the unfortunate 'letting go' of your beloved Phyllis. We are putting many labor of love hours into our '99 Starcraft Stardust (10' box). I can truly empathize with losing such a beloved Pup.


    We too have wire wheeled and sanded the frame. I had planned to spray paint it. How did the brush painting turn out? Did you brush w/ primer first, then top coat? Curious what paints (and what finish satin, semigloss... etc and quantity (Qrt, gal?) What did you get to replace Phyllis?
     
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    I was very happy with the results of the brush on rust oleum. No primer! I used flat black because the original frame was flat black. I was worried it would be too porous but it cleaned up beautifully! Up close you could see some brush strokes. But it flowed level very nicely. From a couple feet away it just looked clean and new. And the beauty of flat black... easy touch up if ever necessary. Always blends perfectly

    Thank you for your sympathy. It’s easy to get attached when you do a lot of work and have a lot of family memories made. We are making new ones in the 2280bhesp
     
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    Your canvas looked really clean, what did you use, just soap/water?
     
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    My wife used Mean Green then resealed the canvas with 303 fabric guard on the inside. When we woke up in the morning, the canvas was dry! Very impressed with how nice it looked and how well it performed.
     
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    I'm not a paint pro, but I do know that anything better than those cheapy throw away brushes will give you a better paint finish. That brush looks perfect to me. Make sure you get some paint thinner too for brush-cleanup afterward.

    And yes, we removed all of the cabinets but I don't remember clearly if I needed to disconnect anything... maybe the furnace, but I have had the furnace out before and it was easy to remove and reconnect. When we laid the new floor down we had lots of overlap and the cabinets sat back down on top of it. I even left the big old electrical box and its connections intact and decided to cut/break the wood facing panel around it. I used the old panel as a template and built a new one (stronger wood), except the new one had two seams underneath the electric panel that would allow me to remove the cabinet without disconnecting the electrical box. You can see it in this pic.

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    That is a short handle brush for corners small spots. You would be better off with something with a handle. Also , banana rollers work well. The small long rollers.
     
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    You'd be surprised how much angle change you have to make while painting a frame. Its not a whole lot of flat smooth spots. Lots of detail work.
     
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    Saw your Youtube video--great to see you here. We also have a Starcraft, and it was great to see your step by step instructions and feedback.
     
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    Thank you :)
     
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