Mini Disaster & Organizing

The result of mixing paint brands

The Casita stove cleaning project misadventures — continued:

I couldn’t find my can of black Rustoleum paint.  But I found a store brand of black paint that read Paint…Stops Rust.

So I sprayed a layer over the other paint on the area underneath the stove, and it looked good.  For about a minute.  Then I noticed an area that was buckled up.  Uh oh, I bet I didn’t clean all the Deoxit off before I started painting. 

Then I noticed another spot buckling.  And another.  I then realized that the off brand paint was actually removing the paint below it.  So I scraped all the paint down to bare metal and started again.

Repainted

After I had the stove well repainted, I glanced up at the ceiling… then stared in horror.  I had the window open and the fan on for ventilation.  The fan had sucked in black paint overspray and had deposited it on the carpet in front — and mostly behind — the A/C/fan unit.

I touched the fiberglass cabinet where there was more overspray, and it felt like tar.

Black paint overspray on overhead carpet

That will NEVER come out of the carpet, I groaned.

But it did.  With Scotchgard Carpet & Fabric cleaner (aerosol foam) for autos.  The worst areas required 3 applications, but now I can’t tell where the damage was.

So I learned some lessons:

1.  Use brand name paint, and don’t mix brands.

After using Scotchgard Carpet & Fabric Cleaner aerosol foam for autos. That’s great stuff!

2. My air conditioner filter has apparently been washed too many times and needs to be replaced.

3. Some disasters are fixable.

4.  The next time I wonder if the well under my stove needs cleaning, DON’T LOOK!  That’s what got me in this mess in the first place!

Awning hardware and broom bungeed to vent pipe

So… after that reprieve from disaster,  I cleaned and weeded out the extra stuff we had accumulated during our last trip.  It’s amazing how quickly stuff can multiply!

I also figured out a way to keep the awning crank rod and support bar from banging around in the closet.  I stood them up straight between the left front of the closet and the gray water tank vent pipe and bungeed them to the pipe.

I also was always losing my short little broom on the closet floor, so I hung it by a bungee from the lateral pipe in the closet.  Now they will stay put when we travel.

Closet organized

Tomorrow I’ll neaten the pots and pans and grocery and tool storage areas.  Then mop the floor, replace the rugs, and we’ll be good to go!

Dishes organized. We’ll add a pack each of disposable plates and cups.

Cupboard above refrigerator organized

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6 Comments

  1. WOW I would have had a melt down for sure, but you did a great job and no you cannot see any signs of the over spray. Another well done job

    • I wanted to have a meltdown, but couldn’t because it had to be ready to go next weekend! 🙂

  2. I like Rule#4. We say “the next time I feel ambitious, I’m going to lay down and take a nap”. Your tiny camper looks just great!

  3. Rick F

     /  June 6, 2012

    Since you need to accomodate any and all space savings in your small tailer, have you checked out Eureka live which is a collection of RV tips/tricks/suggestions for making your trailer/rv better in small but measurable ways? It’s free and is written by one of the moderators on the Lazy Daze RV mailing list hosted by yahoo groups.. Just passing it along as it might have something for you as well..

    http://www.andybaird.com/Eureka/

    • What a wonderful resource, Rick. Back when I had the Aliner I had read through all of Andy’s journals and tips. One suggestion was to glue the outer holes shut in the shower head to give a lot more water pressure for showering. I did that in the Aliner and in the Casita.

      But I had no idea he had organized all those ideas and presented them in book format.

      Thank you!!!

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