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Old 02-12-2017, 04:01 PM   #1
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Using Interior Ceiling Sheet Metal for Skinning Outside of Bus

I'm not quite sure what gauge the interior ceiling sheet metal is, but I was thinking I would just use this to skin some of the windows on the exterior.

Would anyone has any reservations or words of caution with doing this? I also have like 500 sheet metal screws to reuse from the inside as well and was planning on using these as well.

Do you guys caulk the inside lip of the sheet metal before screwing it to the ribs of the bus? I feel like this would provide a much better seal.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:06 PM   #2
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My guess is 20 gauge for my carpenter bus. It's definitely thinner than 18, that's for sure.

I didn't do it for all the windows, but I sheeted my drivers side window with our sheeting. You can see my documentation of it happenening here.

I haven't driven the bus enough to tell you if I have any regrets, but I can tell you that I probably wouldn't use it as primary window skins on my next bus, but I'd be open to patching small spots like I did this one. It's a little too thin, turns out I like it thick. Also I don't like the screw holes it has.

Good on you for reusing your fasteners. I told myself I'd reuse mine, but couldn't find the heart to drive 30 year old rusty screws back into my bus.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:23 PM   #3
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It's a little too thin, turns out I like it thick.
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:45 AM   #4
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the only reason I bought my sheet metel was the interior panel wasn't big enough to cover all the windows in one piece, I used a urethane based sealant like P L or solar seal. I pre drilled the panel and used self tapping screws, use plenty of sealant before you put the panel on and have a rag with gas or mineral spirits to clean it up with.
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Old 02-18-2017, 04:28 PM   #5
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Rustoleum has a spray in a can that will frost the windows
in minutes and overspray is no problem. Comes off with mineral spirits. Great privacy cheap.
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Old 02-18-2017, 07:02 PM   #6
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I can't see a reason not to use it for skin. Go for it!

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