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Re: #4

Postby Tom&Shelly » Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:42 pm

tony.latham wrote:I think it's important to tie the galley portion of the walls together with the countertop. My old Hunter teardrop had issues with this.


I've suspected this from intuition. Good to hear from (bad) experience, though sorry to hear you had the experience Tony.

Glad to see you're making progress.

Just got back from a 4th of July trip to Colorado (Gunnison balloon rally) sharing the road with the (other) amateurs! Now I have a month to see how much I can accomplish on our build.

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Headliner

Postby noseoil » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:27 am

We did a canvas cover of our headliner prior to installation. Nothing fancy, just the unbleached canvas & glued in place with an aerosol contact cement on the liner cloth (3M 90, has better hold). Painted the 1/8" BB headliner with a water base brushable (3M 30NF) contact cement. Luckily, we were in Tucson, so there were no problems with drying & tack to hold, just the usual worries about it sticking in the wrong place at the wrong time when setting for location. It's still holding up well, even in the heat it made a good bond & has stayed in place. The cloth was just raw unbleached canvas, so care was taken to handle it with clean fingers during the build & while using the camper.

I guess we could have put some fabric protection in place (Scotchgard), but I was concerned about the bond so it's still just raw canvas. Need to be careful about swatting the bugs at night. In aircraft work we used some raw silk for one headliner, white gloves & baseball hats were the rule. It was miserable stuff to work with, as it would stain if you looked at it, especially in the heat & in a small aircraft in the summer...

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Here it is with the cloth, puckers in the middle is the vent opening.
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Clamping the blocking for the vent hole.
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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:39 am

We did a canvas cover of our headliner prior to installation.


And I do recall that and numerous other superb details of your build.

Although I am whining about varnishing the headliner, I don't find it too big of a deal. For it and the floor, I roll the poly on with a brush over about a square meter and then drag it with a damp brush to get the bubbles out.

I do like wood grain with a smoothly-finished varnish on it. Is that a curse?

:frightened:

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:40 am

Good to hear from (bad) experience, though sorry to hear you had the experience Tony.


That teardrop served us well. Part of the problem I think was that the walls were built from 1/2" plywood and the galley area had a tendency to flex a bit. I made a change with the hatch side-seals before I sold it and hope it's doing well.

And that's another reason why I think a hatch that the seal fits over a protruding lip is so much better.

:thinking:

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Re: #4

Postby bdosborn » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:06 pm

tony.latham wrote:I'm going to have to face up to the fact that I need to glue up the headliner and varnish about a million square feet of its surface soon.


Minwax Polycrylic + Harbor Freight HVLP Sprayer = :angel:

Its the *only* way I do finish now, fast and easy.

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:11 pm

bdosborn wrote:
tony.latham wrote:I'm going to have to face up to the fact that I need to glue up the headliner and varnish about a million square feet of its surface soon.


Minwax Polycrylic + Harbor Freight HVLP Sprayer = :angel:

Its the *only* way I do finish now, fast and easy.

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I’ve got that sprayer. Maybe I’ll give it a go on the last coat. Do you thin it?

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Re: #4

Postby bdosborn » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:22 pm

Nope, I pour it straight in the hopper, spray, and pour the rest back in the can when I'm done. Wash out the sprayer in the sink and wait an hour or two for a coat to dry. Make sure and sand between the first two coats and I'm done with three coats. Easy peasy.

I't will take a bit to get the sprayer set up the first time but then I don't change it much after that. Make sure you have good lighting or it can be hard to see how much you're laying down. Runs are no problem, just sand them away and spray it again.
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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:27 pm

Easy peasy.


Thanks, Bruce! :thumbsup:

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:19 pm

I joined the headliner today using lots of firepower.

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And the dashboard? Instrument panel? It's done or at least fitted. Needs a cluster of wiring.

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The battery switch isn't a cut-off switch. It will be used to turn off the charging line from the tow vehicle. I'll have a 100 wat panel on the roof so I'll be using that as my primary charging device and will only use the vehicle to charge the AGM battery when it's really getting low and we're on the move. Maybe it'll stay healthy longer.

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:49 pm

Minwax Polycrylic + Harbor Freight HVLP Sprayer = :angel:


Bruce:

Thanks for the suggestion. I rolled on two coats of oil-based poly with 120 grit in-between. I stuck with the oil-based stuff initially since I like the golden tone it gives the wood.

But the final coat --after a run of 320 grit-- was with the water-born polycrylic from the el cheapo sprayer. Worked like a champ.

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As you said, easy-peasy. :thumbsup:

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Re: #4

Postby bdosborn » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:50 pm

Sweet! Looks great. :thumbsup:
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Finish

Postby noseoil » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:38 am

Tony, turned out really well. I like the look of a warm tone wood finish, classy, durable & easy to do when it's sitting flat on the bench. Pre-finished parts are the only way to fly on this stuff, makes assembly so much easier & any glue can be wiped off with a little thinner. Going to be a great trailer when it's done!
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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:17 am

Going to be a great trailer when it's done!


Tim:

You set a tall bar.

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:56 pm

Dry-fitting the headliner.

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I can't imagine doing this without the ledge on top of the wall. :frightened:

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Re: #4

Postby Tom&Shelly » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:32 pm

tony.latham wrote:Dry-fitting the headliner.

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I can't imagine doing this without the ledge on top of the wall. :frightened:

Tony


Looking good Tony! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

(Think you are now ahead of me. I'm plodding along, finishing a few details inside the cabin, and plan on starting the headliner later in the week.)

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