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Mobile Home Walls

Anyone who has lived with mobile home walls knows that in general they look cheap, even when they consist of wood paneling. Wood paneling used to be the mobile home de facto standard of the 70's and 80's. For less than ten dollars per sheet, one could get enough 4 x 8 foot sheets to easily cover one wall. In fact, redoing an entire room or an entire mobile home was not too expensive. The thin panels came in a variety of woods and colors. Paying more money meant getting a thicker panel, although they were all some form of plywood, consisting of glued together layers of wood.

Now times have changed! Paneling went out of vogue long ago, but new mobile homes (trailers) still use it, and old trailers are still afflicted by it. It's like a disease that just never goes away. Fortunately, it is not difficult to redo the paneling in a mobile home so that it does go way. And it's really very easy. Over the years, wall paneling has often been covered by well meaning owners using contact paper that was available in a wide variety of patterns and colors. But the colors often don't suit the new owners, and is next to impossible to remove. Fortunately, this too can be made to go away.

So how does one do it? Simple. Use paint or wall paper. The trick is filling in those ugly vertical slots in the paneling, as well as those seems behind the paneling. The process involves using dry wall "mud" to skim over and fill in the cracks. Never mind the contact paper that already covers paneling - you can paint or wall paper right over it. Where the seems abut, dry wall tape should be laid on, then skimmed and coated over. The skim process amounts to picking up a "glob" of dry wall mud from out of the container, smearing it over the crack, then using the flat end of the tool to scrape off the excess, getting the surface as smooth as possible. A spackling tool is narrow and can do the job, but a wider tool that is similar is better; maybe 3 inches, or so.
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