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Old 04-30-2010, 09:20 PM   #15
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If after proper insulation is installed, has anyone tried to use automobile headliner material? Either vinyl or fabric? Seems to me to be an obvious choice, but I've not heard anything about this as an option...

I have gutted my 87 Lil Bigfoot and am having a shop install perforated vinyl headliner material on the walls. I'll let you know how it goes, but it should be an ideal choice for durability.

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Old 05-01-2010, 01:21 PM   #16
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I have gutted my 87 Lil Bigfoot and am having a shop install perforated vinyl headliner material on the walls. I'll let you know how it goes, but it should be an ideal choice for durability.

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Great! Please let us know how it goes... and looks!
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:54 PM   #17
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Kevin61, that Green contact cement looks like it would be much more pleasant to work with. The Blue stuff had a skull and crossbones on it, (shudder).

Did I understand someone to say that the Ecofoam separates?
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:22 PM   #18
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Kevin61, that Green contact cement looks like it would be much more pleasant to work with. The Blue stuff had a skull and crossbones on it, (shudder).

Did I understand someone to say that the Ecofoam separates?
I think the green will be the way to go. Hopefully will get some test strips glued up this week.

Someone did mention the Ecofoam may have a fine backing on it that may separate. I've looked and can't see it so will probably glue up some test strips and then see how easily it rips off the wall of the trailer.
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:07 PM   #19
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Kevin61, that Green contact cement looks like it would be much more pleasant to work with. The Blue stuff had a skull and crossbones on it, (shudder).

Did I understand someone to say that the Ecofoam separates?
Hi - Here are the pictures of the Home Depot Ecfoam


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You can see that there is a textured back on it. This separated from the foam when glued - the back stayed on the wall, the foam didn't. The backing is plastic and the glue cannot penetrate. I used 3M 77 spray adhesive.

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Kevin61, that Green contact cement looks like it would be much more pleasant to work with. The Blue stuff had a skull and crossbones on it, (shudder).

Did I understand someone to say that the Ecofoam separates?
Here are the paint tests on Home Depot Ecofoam


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The paint was two coats of Kilz primer and two coats of premium latex...

Hope this helps. I did not buy the Ecofoam. If you go ahead with it let me know how it turns out.

I used Weldwood Contact Cement. Get a good mask! I was told this may have been a mistake - I'll have to live with it.
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Tom,

The Ecofoam I have appears to be of a different construction. It looks like it simply has a pattern stamped in to each side. I could be mistaken. I am going to glue up a few test strips, inside the trailer on bare fibreglass. I will try different combinations of Ecofoam with marine vinyl and that other 1/2 inch foam that I have. Then I will put it through a torture test to see how easily it rips off the wall.



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The Ecofoam I have appears to be of a different construction.
Kevin - Yep, it is different stuff. Must be a Canada/USA thing with Home Depot. I have never seen any foam like in your pictures. It would make an interesting wall!

Good luck with the tests, keep us posted.
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Good luck with the tests, keep us posted.


Here is the test of the first glue up.

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Here is the test of the first glue up.

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Old 05-07-2010, 12:00 PM   #25
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Any concerns about the vinyl off-gassing? Odor?
I bought a bunch of vinyl to make my spare tire cover. I kept it indoors for a while before getting to the job, and it outgassed quite noticibly, and I had to move it outside.

However, after being heated up a few times, it seems to have settled down. But that odor was quite stifling....and that would be a concern, as PVC per se is not low on the toxic scale!
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Very interesting. Can't wait to see how it all mounts inside the trailer. After dealing with all of the compound curves, I'm very curious as to how the final product looks. Any concerns about the vinyl off-gassing? Odor?

As of yet no concerns to off-gassing however I will research a bit more as to potential hazards. As for the curves, they may pose some interesting problems. I was planning to run a test patch in one of the corners to determine the best method of laying on the material. I do have other materials in mind that I may run tests on as well. I probably won't be ready to install the lining untl late summer or early fall anyway.
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I am new at this but we have a 1980 17ft Quantum 5 and just gutted it, I am thinking about ceiling panels??? All I need to cover is the ceiling and front and back. They insulate, noise reduction, and easy to cut and fit plus I can paint them??? Any help is appreciated. Brenda

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I am going to run a few tests with these materials to see what might or might not work in the 17 ft. Boler.

[b]Note: there is a possible problem with my Flickr link. I will repost photos.



Thanks for the info. Donna. However I still can't figure out my Flickr. (I guess I should stick to Youtube)

I will make a short video and post the Youtube link.

Try this Youtube link.

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