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Old 05-23-2020, 11:17 AM   #1
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Canvas over reflectix?

Hi all, total renovation amateur here! Really appreciate all help.

I have a bare fiberglass wall on my vintage egg and am going to put reflectix down (I know about the air gap etc. but I'm not planning to 4-season with it, and it's the cheapest option for my budget by far) -- and I'm wondering what you think about covering the reflectix with durable cotton canvas rather than carpet? I found some for a great price in a beautiful color. Is there anything I should be wary of with regards to using canvas?
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Old 05-23-2020, 11:42 AM   #2
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Hi all, total renovation amateur here! Really appreciate all help.

I have a bare fiberglass wall on my vintage egg and am going to put reflectix down (I know about the air gap etc. but I'm not planning to 4-season with it, and it's the cheapest option for my budget by far) -- and I'm wondering what you think about covering the reflectix with durable cotton canvas rather than carpet? I found some for a great price in a beautiful color. Is there anything I should be wary of with regards to using canvas?

I would never use cotton. You want a sythetic that doesn't hold water. It would be a real shame to put cotton on the walls snd ceiling only to need to replace it each spring. (mold and mildew)
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Old 05-23-2020, 12:12 PM   #3
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I would think that reflectix would not last long glued to the wall as any thing that touchs it would make it start to losen from the fiberglass and the sweat on the wall cause it to also come loose and trying to remove all of it later would be a real problem. If you read on the forum post here you will find other things tha others have use as cheap fixes for the walls and ceiling. Spending more on something else would better. Buy once, cry once applies here. Cheap indoor outdoor carpeting woul work better. Go to Home Depot and look at what they have and price it with glue and see what you come up with. I would say others on here would suggest the same. But whatever you do, just enjoy the "good old egg".
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Old 05-23-2020, 01:39 PM   #4
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Scamp has used RayFoil (like Reflectix) behind the marine headliner since 1985, and it lasts for decades. Just use the right adhesive. 3M90 for small areas and auto headliner adhesive for a whole trailer installation.

I agree you’ll want something better than thin canvas over it. Even if you use a synthetic canvas, it will show every bump and wrinkle. Have to say, marine headliner is a great product. It’s available from a number of suppliers in a variety of colors and textures. Unlike carpet it has no backing, and it’s slightly stretchy to fit the curves.
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cotton fabric mildews like crazy. It is going to get wet from the humidity created by your breathing while you are asleep. The cotton will also hold dirt. You won't be able to take it down and toss it into the washing machine.



Stick with a polyester headliner product made for marine use. Get on thin enough to conform to the curves. Polyester won't mildew and it can be cleaned with one of the handheld upholstery cleaning machines.
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Old 05-24-2020, 04:59 AM   #6
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I glued reflectix on my walls and covered them with vinyl I got from Joaan Fabrics. It has a nice feel to it and doesn't condense moisture. It does show the texture of the reflectix so if you use it, do a nice job applying the reflectix. You can probably get a small piece and test it on a piece of scrap plywood to see if you like it.
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Old 05-24-2020, 05:51 AM   #7
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Escape uses refllectix glued to the walls and then a foam backed vinyl that works very well. I had a Casita and now an Escape and would never go back to carpet on the walls

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Cotton is very flammable.

You should always consider the Flammability of ANYTHING you add to the interior of your trailer particularly when it comes to fabrics.
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