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Old 05-27-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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Re: Questions about skinning windows

what smitty said
plus if you take the time to make up a drill guide to make all of your rivet spacing the same you will save an amazing amount of time and get a professional looking job. use a quality adhesive/caulk to help minimize noise between the panels and structure.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:47 PM   #2
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If yours is like mine i ground off the rivets that hold the outersheeting over the support poles and underneath is a great platform for me to rivet my sheet metal to.


this is what it looked like after i too the outter sheet metal off




MY GOD MAN!! I thought I had a lot of rivets to deal with!!

You're in rivet HELL!!!

What make of bus do you have??

I'm thinking of using 18ga or 20ga sheet to skin my windows. Does anybody have experience with these gauges of metal? Do I get the "oilcan effect"? when using these thicknesses?

I've actually left my windows intact and closed. I'll skin over them on the outside and pink fiberglass insulation covers them on the inside. I didn't want to remove the windows to retain the structural integrity of the shell.
I have used 18 and 20 ga. both work well. though I just liked the thicker 18ga. I think 22 ga. is way to thin. I would take the windows that your going to skin over, out. There is little , if any, structural value there. In my bus, there were only 4 screws holding them in, and the popped right out. You then could put some ridgid insulation in the window area. Those windows have zero r-value.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:26 PM   #3
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My bad. Didn't realized you were that far along on the inside. Looks good. Continue on and disreguard the rantings of an..........Oh! look at the bird
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:24 PM   #4
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Re: Questions about skinning windows

You can still insulate those window spaces... just use slow expanding foam (like from the "HandiFoam" cans found in the big box hardware stores). That stuff will fill any gaps and definitely keep anything from rattling. Just a thought.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:58 AM   #5
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Re: Questions about skinning windows

I just pulled the windows and reused the screws. I added some self tappers at seems to reduce the distance between screws. If I ever have an issue I can unscrew and repair if required. simple. It is wedged up under the lip at the top, and the seem between the two pieces of sheet matches up with the seem in the body panels.

It doesn't look great yet as the sheet metal is still in primer, but once I get a coat of paint on it and the bus is all one color I think its gonna look pretty clean. Knocked it out in a day. Under $100.

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I blanked out my windows with 20 gauge and it worked fine with no "oil canning" and then backed it with tightly fitted 2" installation.

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