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Old 12-03-2016, 11:46 PM   #1
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What to do about walls?

I'm replacing the rotted 1980's wood panelling in my Bigfoot.

What kinds of plywoods have you guys used?
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:11 AM   #2
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I used 3mm thick Baltic Birch plywood. It is available at Woodcrafters. It is very strong lightweight and free of voids. It is a little awkward to handle cause it comes in 5 X 5 sheets but can be bent to conform to curves. I highly recommend coating both sides with a quality polyurethane product. It will last a long time.
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:41 AM   #3
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If rot is a concern, I would use Barkerboard. It is a polymer based product, doesn't soak water or rot and can be conformed to fit. It comes in 4x8 sheets in many colors and is durable and easy to clean.
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We used 1-side pre-primed 1/4" (actually more like .19") 4 x 8 ply from Lowe's. We put the pre-primed side toward the walls and rolled clear sealer on the side we used as our finish-grade inside. It has almost a pink cast and is warm and plain and calming. We painted other elements of the inside with a light on dark basket-weave technique for texture and interest.

Photo shows finished ply over galley counter and painted wood on cabinet below as well as doors above galley.
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You can still purchase the original type of plywood that was used. Look for 1/8" birch faced, cabinet grade, plywood. The cabinet grade is free of flaws on one of the faces but it can be difficult to located someone who is still selling the product. Your best bet is to go to the supply sources your local cabinet making companies use. In Seattle metropolitan area I only found one source for it, Midway Plywood Home

One easier to find version of this same cabinet grade, birch plywood material from the regular types of lumber yard sources are the smaller size "door skins". But of course they are typically not wider than 36" and are not as long as a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood.

So the good news is this plywood is still being made and sold. The bad news is finding it locally can involve (as it did for me) quite the treasure hunt to track down a supplier.
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Windsor Plywood would be the place to look in BC.
Windsor Plywood | Doors | Floors | Mouldings | Home Improvement
Stores in North Vancouver and Vancouver as well as elsewhere.
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Old 12-05-2016, 12:55 AM   #7
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Windsor Plywood would be the place to look in BC.
Windsor Plywood | Doors | Floors | Mouldings | Home Improvement
Stores in North Vancouver and Vancouver as well as elsewhere.
Hey Glenn

I popped into Windsor in North Van, I wanted to take a look at the durable wall panels but they had very little inventory.

Is there a better location in the lower main?
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You'd have to check their web-site. There was one at 7th and Pine. Probably best to ask them.

Go here for full list, including one in Burnaby.

http://www.windsorplywood.com/location-list.aspx
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The sanded, pre-primed .19" (1/4") ply from Lowe's was lovely on both sides, really nice. We did sort through the sheets before we bought them...but there were few flaws anywhere anyway. And you don't need much ply to do the inside of one of our small trailers. The sheets were either $11.98 or $13.98 each, and we used parts of 8 sheets (plus Lowe's gave us a free sheet because one edge was mashed--for about an inch which we would have cut off anyway). One batch we didn't buy from (still looking and thinking) had some incredible almost birds' eye patterns on one side...if we'd have gotten that, the inside would now be more interesting. The next batch was very plain. Either way.
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