So - a quick update on the red paint/nicotine issue.
I finally decided that I would just replace the red painted wood. Several reasons:
- Multiple washings were not budging the yellow residue pouring off the van walls.
- Even if the yellow (whatever it was) stopped dripping through, red paint is REALLY hard to paint over and not have bleed-through - even with multiple primer coats.
- Leaving it on left me feeling like like a clot in an artery.
- With climate craziness (no matter where you are in the world) a little more protection from the elements (i.e. insulation) seemed prudent.
- After driving the van for a few months, I realized I needed more noise dampening and I needed access to the metal van walls.
- And this is a biggie - I was a little concerned that I might be missing structural issues by not having a view on the underlying walls and roof of the van.
So - I decided a few days ago to pull down the walls and have done the roof and upper walls so far. I am really pleased with this decision. The van is very clean and there are zero signs of rust anywhere. The roof is solid - even with two 41x22" skylights in the roof and four beacon lights… .
So - I’m pleased with that decision - and what I found when I was able to get a closer look. It provides some needed peace of mind…and the “red” problem (whether paint or potential health issues from third-hand smoke) goes away.