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Old 04-10-2019, 09:54 PM   #11
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I stand corrected on your floor. You might consider, like many of us, putting your bus to a leak test while its gutted and find and fix any leaks. Fortunately Mother Nature has been the one holding the hose lately and making it quite obvious where my leaks are.
I hope I can get my wife to agree to delete some of the windows she wants a very open concept and a lot of light coming into the bus to make it look bigger and not cramped however we would be giving up a lot to heat since having all those windows would bring in a lot of heat from sun when we camo etc. ...I do like the look of having less shelving and be able to see all windows and look out...we will add curtains but ...I'm weary of all these windows and having small water issues ...guess I can caulk and make some windows permanently shut... Lol
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:46 AM   #12
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Okay so we bought ACX Plywood 4x8 sheets. We purchased 12 3/4'' 4x8 sheets for $469 of which I will get $50 in mail in rebate. That should cover all of our walls, build some of our cabinets and bed. Hell I was looking at Marine for the walls and subfloor (on top of marine sub floor that is already there) but the price for just 6 sheets was 500 bucks. We decided on the ACX because we plan on waterproofing as much as possible and we will seal the ACX ply extensively. I think this will help protect it.

We are still thinking of putting Marine 1/4 on the ceiling. It seems to be flexible enough to form it into the round ceiling shape.

Any recommendation on what to use to seal these ACX boards? Does a type of paint work or does it have to be epoxy? I am guessing they have epoxy paints?
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:02 AM   #13
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Okay so we bought ACX Plywood 4x8 sheets. We purchased 12 3/4'' 4x8 sheets for $469 of which I will get $50 in mail in rebate. That should cover all of our walls, build some of our cabinets and bed. Hell I was looking at Marine for the walls and subfloor (on top of marine sub floor that is already there) but the price for just 6 sheets was 500 bucks. We decided on the ACX because we plan on waterproofing as much as possible and we will seal the ACX ply extensively. I think this will help protect it.

We are still thinking of putting Marine 1/4 on the ceiling. It seems to be flexible enough to form it into the round ceiling shape.

Any recommendation on what to use to seal these ACX boards? Does a type of paint work or does it have to be epoxy? I am guessing they have epoxy paints?
first, sand the bare wood to rough up the planer glaze - for a clear coat finish you can seal that by diluting your finish product by 10% , then 2 finish coats ( be sure to sand between each coat ) - for painting, seal with a primer/sealer, then finish with 2 coats of your chosen finish - be sure to sand between coats - it makes a huge difference in the finished product
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:36 AM   #14
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first, sand the bare wood to rough up the planer glaze - for a clear coat finish you can seal that by diluting your finish product by 10% , then 2 finish coats ( be sure to sand between each coat ) - for painting, seal with a primer/sealer, then finish with 2 coats of your chosen finish - be sure to sand between coats - it makes a huge difference in the finished product
What primer and paint would you recommend?
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:52 PM   #15
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What primer and paint would you recommend?
any of the name brands should be fine - in my area ( BC Canada ) I would likely go with General Paints, or Benjamin Moore products - the dealers in those stores generally have clerks that know their products and can answer any questions and give advice
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:43 PM   #16
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No OSB, regular ply- seal the stuff and run with it. If you can toss some insulation on the flooring toCut the road noise and heat.
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Oh redguard shower sealant is flexible and works well. Also there is a rubberized roof sealant that is great too.
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Old 04-20-2019, 06:04 PM   #17
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I have a smaller shuttle bus (Chevy Express 3500 6.5 L turbo diesel). I removed down to the bottom layer of plywood. Then I covered that with more plywood ABX 3/4 inch, then 2 x 4 studs turned sideways and filled with 1 1/2 inch solid insulation, and another layer of 3/4 inch abx plywood, and last my vinyl sheet flooring. I plan to spray insulate underside of bus plywood layer to seal out moisture. I am going to get advice from a professional on how to insulate the walls (Jeff Flake at Vanlife Conversions in NC) before I do the walls. i plan to replace my windows, and seal as much as possible. I know all sized buses tend to leak, especially if not maintained by prior owners.
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:20 PM   #18
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Any recommendation on what to use to seal these ACX boards? Does a type of paint work or does it have to be epoxy? I am guessing they have epoxy paints?

I've not tried it, but I've seen that people use Drylok on plywood for use in water tanks and sorta amphibian type enclosures (lizards, turtles and whatnot). Apparently it's a poor-man's marine plywood.
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