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Old 12-08-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Fireplace faux brick removal?

WE finally closed the deal on our Wilcat 353LS and awaiting delivery of it to the house. One item that we don't or maybe I should say the wife doesn't care for is the faux brick around the fireplace. I understand that FROG needed to keep the weight down as well as the cost of the faux brick, but we are going to remove it and go another route. Our thoughts are to go with tile, wood or Corian.

The faux brick looks and feels to be a molded Styrofoam one piece trim platform. I am assuming that it is glued in place to the face of the wood entertainment cabinet. So it will simply be that it needs to be pried away and the dollop of glue sanded down.

But, if anyone has attempted this and has suggestions to share I sure would appreciate the assistance and heads up.

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Old 12-08-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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Don't have any suggestions but that was one of the reasons we chose our Rockwood. We liked the Wildcat but the faux stone just looked cheesey. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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Will do. We looked far and wide before going with the Wilcat 353LS. We wanted at a minimum of three slide outs and preferred an entertainment center in the rear with opposing couch/recliner slide outs. The 353LS has the couch on the back wall and the opposing slides house recliners and the entertainment center across from that. However in the end we just really liked the 353LS floor plan offering the Bath and a half configuration. Not an easy feature to find unless you go to a Toy Hauler or Bunk House plan. As for interior features I figure I can always upgrade various items to meet the preference of the wife.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:40 AM   #4
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Don't have any suggestions but that was one of the reasons we chose our Rockwood. We liked the Wildcat but the faux stone just looked cheesey. Let us know how it goes.
I don't have a Wildcat but here is what my fireplace looks like in my 2012 Georgetown. May give you some ideas how it looks without the fake rocks.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:45 AM   #5
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My guess is that it would be easier to replace the entire fireplace surround than trying to clean-up and salvage the existing. Have you got a picture of the fireplace as it is?

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Since the Wildcat hasn't arrived at the house yet the best I can do is a link to the dealers auction listing. It does however show the fireplace pretty well.

2013 Wildcat 353LS Rear Living 2 Bath 3 Slide 1 Left w Disount Discontinued 5W | eBay
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:03 AM   #7
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Don't have any suggestions but that was one of the reasons we chose our Rockwood. We liked the Wildcat but the faux stone just looked cheesey. Let us know how it goes.
Personally I think the term you used "Cheesey" was being polite. The new 2014 Wildcat models are going away from the brick/stone look and using wood to trim face out the fireplaces. They look pretty darn good.

But ordering a 2014 wasn't an option as the floor plan we chose was discontinued after a very short production run.
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My guess is that it would be easier to replace the entire fireplace surround than trying to clean-up and salvage the existing. Have you got a picture of the fireplace as it is?

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OH Trust me the Brick Surround will be gone, just trying to choose what to replace it with as well as any ideas as to direction to go with the tear out.
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Doesn't look to be that hard. Not sure of the look you are going for, but there are some self stick backsplash tiles that might look good. I put a metal tile behind our kitchen sink and it looks good. It was a bit pricey though.
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