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Old 07-04-2011, 09:28 PM   #1
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Boler Help 2

Hey Boler Friends,

So thanks for all the help on finding the perfect alternative to ensolite. The reflectix was hard to install but looks kinda crappy but I am now ready to put on the Marine Vinyl.
I need help again.

I bought Black Marine Vinyl at a local boat shop they where extras from a project that the boat shop just finished. I got 9 yards for $25.00 dollars. I didnt really want black but it was so cheap I can deal with it.
Althought I was a great steal I am having alot of problems.

1. I am using a 3m 75 spray glue it seems to be doing really well right now. But should I use a hight number?
2. How do I glue the vinyl to the oval part of the camper it seems to wrinkle on me all the time?
3. What can I use to cover up the parts of vinyl that connect to other sheeks of the vinyl? I tried to get them close together put there are still visible lines.

Thank You for all your help
Joe
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:54 PM   #2
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Joe, there are folks on here with more experience that may chime in with additional thoughts.

1. I've only used 3M 77, not 3M 75 you referenced. On this, I'd look for something specifically formulated for heat - I ditched the 3M 77 and 3M 90 and switched. But others have liked them. Hopefully somebody who has used 3M 75 or 77 in the past, can give you guidance.

2/3. Cutting rounded corners - here are a couple of links that I read thru, and clicked some of the discussions they reference. Great tips on cutting in the corners as well as covering your seams.
Scamp 13 wall covering

Removing Ensolite, any tricks??

Another thread discusses using a tape as a seam tape - but the poster was using white on white. Search the archives, maybe you'll find it, and maybe you'll get lucky enough to find black!
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There's not much you can do to completely hide the seams. It's more of what you can do to disguize them. Some have had luck using a latex caulk (in a gap of about 1/4 inch) and dap at it with a wet paper towel to "blend" it in with the surrounding ensolite. And as Luke mentioned, using a tape. You won't get it to "butt" it's not wallpaper...

Are you planning on painting the ensolite some other color?
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There's not much you can do to completely hide the seams. It's more of what you can do to disguize them. Some have had luck using a latex caulk (in a gap of about 1/4 inch) and dap at it with a wet paper towel to "blend" it in with the surrounding ensolite. And as Luke mentioned, using a tape. You won't get it to "butt" it's not wallpaper...

Are you planning on painting the ensolite some other color?

Donna, I believe Joe is skipping the ensolite (I don't think his trailer had it) and has installed reflectix (which are the seams he'd like to cover). Then covering that, with the black marine vinyl. Good idea to use latex caulk. ALSO, wonder if there is a black version of aluminum tape, that would span the gap - but not cave in? It still may be best used over a caulked seam, however.
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