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Old 04-30-2019, 01:20 PM   #1
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We did not realize that when we purchased our 2014 Thor Challenger that the wood work was basically paper. We had a water leak which has since been repaired (thank you for helping us do that) but left damage and don't know how to repair it. Has this happened to anyone and what did you do? We were thinking of staining it but doing know if that would work.
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Old 04-30-2019, 02:19 PM   #2
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Well you could try asking Thor where they source the Lauan panels from for your RV (what the color/panel wood grain is called), or try just a lauan panel manufacturer (but likely hard to match color etc). Failing that if the repairs are relatively minor edhes etc perhaps some "closely matched" mactac repair strips cut and fit to align with the existing damaged wall wood grain might cover damage without being too noticable. One lauan manufacturer is attached for reference....but I don't know if they even have anything close to what you need (just an example) Manufacturers may be able to provide repair kits of matching mactac style covering for their specific lauan panels. Thor's source for your coach color/details would be the best to try first though....if they will tell you.


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Old 04-30-2019, 02:47 PM   #3
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If you have a local cabinetry shop take a piece and have them match the stain. It may not cost as much as you think (I had one do a cabinet panel side; came out perfectly).
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Old 04-30-2019, 03:00 PM   #4
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our bathroom has two places just like this, separation from water - not a leak, but more of a spill. Since the bottom of these panels and pieces are sometimes the 'cut' portion, it's obvious that they are susceptible to this type of unfortunate condition as the 'saw dust' these wood-like pieces are made of soak in the moisture, and therefore expand.

other than totally replacing the piece, or finding an exact match of the 'iron-on' type of outer finishing, there's nothing you can really do.

I understand that the nature of the price-point of these coaches direct the factory toward more economical cabinet products and finishes, such as this 'laminated' wood cabinetry, it would seem that they wood provide real wood for the bottom, or any edge, where moisture/water is more likely to collect.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:26 PM   #5
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I do have a piece I can take in for color. I have seen where people paint there cabinets wonder how they do that when its paper or whatever you call this... I guess had we of known we wouldn't have purchased this RV. Just disappointed. Thanks again.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:18 PM   #6
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In my RV, even without any problems with water leaks, I still noticed a few panels with a slight bulge or starting to peel the "finish" where the walls meet the floor. I disguised the problem by installing standard base quarter-round trim pieces from the Home Depot. I didn't have to worry about matching the color of the fake wood - just went with plain black color trim. Looks pretty nice and hides the problem.

Of course this won't help for any problem areas higher up off the floor line.

Just one of many things that are removed, replaced, repaired, refinished...
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:56 PM   #7
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Pretty sure that is what we will be doing.... Thank you.
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:43 PM   #8
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Oh yea, one other thing I found is that "Old English" dark furniture polish will do wonders to hide scuff or worn-off wood grain areas. Just wipe it on and it will soak into the worn areas to help the light areas blend in. HD also carries that, I noticed.
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:58 AM   #9
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In my RV, even without any problems with water leaks, I still noticed a few panels with a slight bulge or starting to peel the "finish" where the walls meet the floor. I disguised the problem by installing standard base quarter-round trim pieces from the Home Depot. I didn't have to worry about matching the color of the fake wood - just went with plain black color trim. Looks pretty nice and hides the problem.

Of course this won't help for any problem areas higher up off the floor line.

Just one of many things that are removed, replaced, repaired, refinished...
Could you please share a picture. Would like to see it. Thanks
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Old 05-01-2019, 03:35 PM   #10
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Could you please share a picture. Would like to see it. Thanks
Here is a picture that shows the quarter round trim I am using in my RV. I'm in the process of replacing the L-shaped dinette and table with a double loveseat recliner, along with both new captain seats. So this picture is of the end table after rearranging the electrical components inside.
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:29 AM   #11
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looks good where did you get your captain chairs? Ours need replacing.
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Old 05-02-2019, 03:14 PM   #12
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looks good where did you get your captain chairs? Ours need replacing.
The furniture is on order from Shop4Seats.com and the freight company called to say delivery here is scheduled for Monday. Once I get the captain seats and loveseat installed I will upload photos showing the project.
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:24 PM   #13
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Looking forward to seeing your progress. Did pick up some old English today so will give that a try.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:37 PM   #14
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My water pump leaked in my E22 Chateau and left the “wood” in the dinette bubbled. I got brown vinyl base molding and glued it on the panels. It looks just like it belongs and actually looks more finished off than it did before.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:31 PM   #15
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Here is a picture that shows the quarter round trim I am using in my RV. I'm in the process of replacing the L-shaped dinette and table with a double loveseat recliner, along with both new captain seats. So this picture is of the end table after rearranging the electrical components inside.
Tom, I did the same thing in our 27K. I think you'll love the change. I also ran an additional electric line down along the wall with flexible conduit and put an outlet next to the driver's seat on the outside wall. Be sure to make sure it doesn't interfere with the bunk coming down. I'm too old to bend down and use the original outlet especially since the loveseat covered that outlet.
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Old 05-12-2019, 02:08 PM   #16
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We had a water leak that damaged a 8 foot trim piece. I took a good piece of trim and had Lowe's color match it and bought a quart of paint. I made a replacement trim from wood and painted it. You can't tell the new from the old and there mounted side by side. You might want to try this. Your pictures don't show a lot of damage so you might be able to just touch up the damaged spots without having to replace any panels. Good luck on what ever you do.
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:02 PM   #17
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Brown bass molding Sounds good. Do you have picture you could share?
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:50 PM   #18
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The furniture is on order from Shop4Seats.com and the freight company called to say delivery here is scheduled for Monday. Once I get the captain seats and loveseat installed I will upload photos showing the project.
I just finished the remodeling project today and posted my pictures in another thread.

Here's a link to it:

Windsport 27K - Furniture Replacement Project Complete
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