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Old 06-20-2022, 10:11 AM   #1
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Alternative ceiling finish for those who left stock ceiling in

Hey there! We are one of those bus people who chose to leave their original ceiling in. Yes, some of you are against that but we did check for leaks multiple times during demo (had thunderstorms
just about every week) and our bus has 3Ē of dense fiberglass in the ceiling that is squeaky clean - it was a mountain built bus so they have denser insulation in them. And there isnít much we could install aftermarket that would of given us a higher r value there so the original perforated ceiling and all those rivets stayed in. We went back and forth constantly on what to use because we didnít want to just paint it and based on an idea from a family member decided to check out Tolex, this fabric is used to wrap amplifiers and the one we chose to use is the elephant skin type (looks like leather) it is water proof, stain resistant and cleans up very easily. It essentially creates a vapor barrier and looks good too. It comes in many many color and texture options and we installed it in the front half of our bus this past week - doing the rest of the bus soon. Not only did it go on beautifully it also covered any holes left over from removing some of the stock equipment that was in the bus - I canít even tell you where holes are at now. So, I thought I would share how we did it and the end result with you - you can see the video here >
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Old 06-20-2022, 10:48 AM   #2
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Awesome job. I've been looking at foam backed fabric but it's not easy to clean. It also absorbs odors (cooking). I never really liked the look of wood strip ceilings, they're overpowering and remind me of a whiskey barrel. Your ceiling looks great!
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Old 06-22-2022, 06:37 PM   #3
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I wanted to do something like this, did some testing on my metal ceiling in Phoenix, the heat was too much for the adhesive. Looks great OP.
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I wanted to do something like this, did some testing on my metal ceiling in Phoenix, the heat was too much for the adhesive. Looks great OP.
I plan on luan paneling covered in some sort of fabric except for the kitchen. This looks like it might work well
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Old 07-07-2022, 11:36 AM   #5
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I did this with some fresh backing and glass in the panels.
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I did this with some fresh backing and glass in the panels.
A shingle ceiling? That's certainly unique!
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Old 07-07-2022, 10:17 PM   #7
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A shingle ceiling? That's certainly unique!
It for the spiders
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It for the spiders
What spiders. ?
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What spiders. ?
Sorry, different thread
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Lol. Fits though. We have cedar siding. All bug-free, thanks to the spiders living in the cracks.
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Old 08-16-2022, 09:36 PM   #11
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I wanted to do something like this, did some testing on my metal ceiling in Phoenix, the heat was too much for the adhesive. Looks great OP.
Oh ****.... Does that mean it wouldn't work for my ceiling in Florida? Or would I just have to install it during the coldest months??
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Old 08-17-2022, 11:12 AM   #12
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Oh ****.... Does that mean it wouldn't work for my ceiling in Florida? Or would I just have to install it during the coldest months??
I would be careful of using any kind of single-part adhesive in Florida, because of the heat and humidity. Anything water-based is an automatic no-go, and most of the other stuff is questionably heat-tolerant (of that kind of heat).

Instead, if you're looking for a direct-to-metal adhesive, I would go with some kind of epoxy-based adhesive, some other two-part adhesive, or better yet, some kind of multi-layered ceiling that includes some kind of vapor barrier, some decent insulation, and maybe some kind of heat-reflective coating/barrier, and then the final inside-skin/fascia.
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