some ideas… (long post) - Posted by Brenda (OH)
Posted by Brenda (OH) on January 26, 2007 at 17:06:43:
Guess what? i am rehabbing a 1975 2/1, and perhaps some of what I have done so far will work for you!
Do any of the windows open in the bow window?
I have almost the exact same window, that the two outside ones open, and the middle ones do not.
I had the matching detachable storm windows, and I installed and permanently caulked the windows onto the two middle, non-opening windows, with clear caulk and where needed with paintable caulk, to make my own double paned window! They do get a little condensation in them, but no breezes come through. I am going to replace the two remaining windows that open with regular MH windows. the current ones on it are the awning style and had to be permanently screwed into the frame for the window. otherwise, they stuck open about 1/2 inch!
I will be able to add interior storm windows to those two windows if I choose to before I sell it.
I just painted a bathroom vanity that is a plastic printed lainate over particle board, with two accent grooves in it that are a lot like panel grooves. I scuffed the finish a little with sandpaper, then primed and painted to match the wall color. It looks good, but I only did it two days ago, so I don’t know if it is a permanent repair yet! I did the whole bathroom in semi gloss, I am not sure I would do that again, it is such a small room for so much “shine”. The paint dept guy had suggested I tint the primer to match the finish coat color. That worked out really really well for what I was doing. I was painting a buttery yellow over white walls. I did not prime the painted wall, only where I had repaired the walls, added a closet etc. I think I will have to do a second coat where I used the “pre-primed” paneling on the wall, the finish coat did not seem to take as well on their primer as on the tinted primed areas or the previously painted walls. Oh well…
I have primed and painted paneling in my apartment building, it held up fine. I had to use a brush to get into the paneling groove, other than that, i used a roller. It was only on the lower half of the wall, and it looks like wainscoating since it has a top piece of molding on it. I would think real wood would be better to work with, no chance of the moisture in the paint swelling it up. Primer is probably the key to get a good paint finish. I just made shelfs for a mini closet I installed in a MH bathroom, and once the final coat was on, they looked like just what they were, nicely painted plywood! so it will be your choice, does painted wood match the “decor” you are going for?
Lights are easy to replace, walmart has some affordable lights and ceiling fans.
Now, on this one I am not an expert, but if blue tarps work on SFH roof leaks, why not on a MH roof, especially if you tie it down to the ground at all 4 corners, maybe to cinder blocks? You are only looking to stabilize the situation until you get a dry day over about 40 degrees or whatever temp the sealing product label suggests is needed to apply, right?
that is the end of your questions that I felt qualifed to put 2 cents in, time to let someone brain storm with you… I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the answers, I probably will need them for th e1975 before I finish…