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Postby roamer » Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:59 am

I have done a few searches with no results.
Has anyone used canvas on the interior walls?
Any pics or comments on their experience.
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby Pmullen503 » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:12 am

Foamies, of course, are covered with canvas on their interior and exterior walls. You could cover plywood as well and paint it. Wooden ships frequently used canvas over wood. Durable and easily repairable, painted canvas over wood is an excellent option.

If painted walls are your thing, then go for it.
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby OP827 » Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:23 am

Yes, many builders in Foamies section did that on this forum, this one is a good example with pictures - http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=62527#p1117189 and there are many others
My foldable foam trailer build: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=61344
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby dales133 » Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:37 am

Ive only done a small portion of material over ply on mine so far and it was remarkably successful considering i was only realy following how the foamies do it with no experience.
It realy is easy as long as your organised and have an extra pair of hands avaliable.
I wouldnt be doing it on a hot day though!
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby roamer » Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:18 pm

Of course! I've been looking at too many wooden and aluminum trailers! Forgot about foamies. :?

I think that's what Im going to do over my aluminum stud walls and XPS insulation.
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby noseoil » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:01 am

I used raw canvas as a headliner material. Check page 8 of my build journal for what I did to make it work. Pretty simple really & it's a nice contrast to plain wood skins.
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby mikeschn » Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:36 pm

I actually like the texture of canvas on the inside. I've got my walls canvassed and painted. The ceiling has only been canvassed.

But when you wake up in the middle of the night, and your hand brushes up against the canvas, you know you're not in Kansas any more.

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Re: canvas interior?

Postby lrrowe » Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:26 pm

noseoil wrote:I used raw canvas as a headliner material. Check page 8 of my build journal for what I did to make it work. Pretty simple really & it's a nice contrast to plain wood skins.


Noseoil, I did go and look at your canvas. I like it and should I have to ever update my painted ceiling panels, then I just may follow your example.
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby GPW » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:13 am

Some folks even use old bedsheets on the interior ... :o Inexpensive (recycled) , and more than adequate for the job ...

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Re: canvas interior?

Postby mikeschn » Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:00 pm

New Pic? Where? I didn't see a new pic!

Oh wait, you must mean the avatar! :oops:

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GPW wrote:Some folks even use old bedsheets on the interior ... :o Inexpensive (recycled) , and more than adequate for the job ...

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Re: canvas interior?

Postby GPW » Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:49 am

Exactly ... You , the new Trailer , and the doggies ... :thumbsup: :applause: New trailer looks Great as is ... not too obvious, not drawing attention ... Stealth 8)
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby roamer » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:40 pm

noseoil wrote:I used raw canvas as a headliner material. Check page 8 of my build journal for what I did to make it work. Pretty simple really & it's a nice contrast to plain wood skins.

I like the texture. How did the 3m glue work out?
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby noseoil » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:12 pm

So far so good on the glue. It made it through a hot summer & that was my biggest concern, that the heat would release the bond when it got too warm inside. I don't have a thermometer inside, so I don't know how hot it actually was in the cabin on some afternoons. Daytime temps were 110 sometimes, so it was at least that warm inside & perhaps a bit more.

If I did it again & had access to a spray booth & gun, I would use the 3M water based fastbond 30. I know this stuff sticks & won't let go. Didn't have a good delivery method so I chose not to use it. Brushing would have soaked the cloth too much. The trick would be to use a light mist coat to let it coat the surface of the cloth and dry to seal it, followed up with a heavier coat which would do the actual bonding. You don't want to saturate the cloth, just the surface which will do the gripping to the panel.
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby Alan_H » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:27 pm

What about automotive headliner spray on contact cement?
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Re: canvas interior?

Postby noseoil » Sat Oct 24, 2015 7:34 am

The aerosol spray would be fine, only trouble is the cost of spray cans, it's not very cost-effective. It's used in shops with a pot & pressure system typically. Bought by the 5 gallon drum it's pretty cheap & works very well. Most shops have a gooey, messy looking glue pot, since it's a real booger to have to clean up afterwards. The red stuff lets you see the pattern when you spray. It doesn't need a 100% coverage pattern, just a coating on both surfaces to let it stick. That would be the best way to do it. Solvent base dries very fast, water base takes more time & the temperature must be warm enough to have an active bonding surface (not a problem where I live).

If there's an automotive upholsterer near you and you could take the pre-cut panels & cloth to them, it would be pretty cheap to have it done in their shop and then assemble it back where you're doing the build. Why not?
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