I was fretting over the walls and ceiling for a long time. Would I use tongue and groove? Would I need strapping of some sort? Would I need to build the wall out in any way? What color would I stain it? Eventually I decided that for the ceiling 1/4” plywood seemed like the simplest… Continue reading Installing the Ceiling
With the subfloor and basic insulation done, it’s time to take a breather and do some more planning. For a while I was wondering how I was going to cover up the lengthwise ceiling ribs. Build boxes around them out of plywood? Curve tongue and groove planks around them? I was looking at a lot… Continue reading Time to Add Color!
Time to get the sub floor in so I have something flat to work on and can stop scuffing up my new paint job. Plan is to cut 1/2” foam insulation board for the floor insulation. Next will be 1/2” plywood. All this will be secured with various glue adhesives. First off, this job requires… Continue reading Installing the Sub Floor
With the paint dry, the fun part can now finally begin! Insulation is the first step in the buildout process. There are quite a few methods I looked into and they range the spectrum from somewhat expensive and time-consuming on one end to very cheap and simple on the other. To pick a method, I thought… Continue reading Insulation Round 1
I gave the rust converter two full days to cure/dry. It became more opaque (off-whitish looking) as it dried, and the rust spots did turn black like it said they would. I noticed a few spots I missed, which I went over on the second day. Now that another sunny day has rolled around, it’s time… Continue reading Painting the Top Coat
Quite sunny and very hot again this morning. Perfect for priming day! I’m painting the whole cargo area with a rust converter primer (Corroseal) since there are a few rust spots and I don’t feel like sanding them all off. Since I have to prime anyway, figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and use… Continue reading Priming the Cargo Bed
A nice day in Portland! It’s early May here upon writing, so it’s hit or miss on the weather this time of year. With a day and a half of not-rain, it’s time to finally get started. Goal is to get the van striped down to bare bones and to fully wash out the inside… Continue reading Cleaning the Interior