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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Vagrant, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. Vagrant

    Vagrant New Member

    Hello all, I've joined looking for info. about a possibly upcoming project. I'm planning making a camper body from insulated panels which will be a "stud wall" type construction, infilled with Kinspan panels and covered with plywood. My debate at the moment is whether to glue fibreglass sheets to the ply or to lay the fibreglass up on the panels. I'm going to have a read and beat the search button for a while, but will ask a few questions, when I know what to ask!
    Ivan
  2. John Dickens

    John Dickens New Member Staff Member

    Depends on the finish you want.

    Gluing pre-laminated panels to the ply with the gel coat surface visible will give you a good cosmetic finish. Laminating GRP to the ply will expose the rough matting as your final finish but you may get a better bond.
  3. Vagrant

    Vagrant New Member

    Thanks for that, I read a bit and was coming to the same conclusion. I'd like reasonably smooth but to flatten the rougher surface would take major effort, and a lot of hi-build primer, the area is something like 50m2. I'm trying some of the lorry body builders to see if they can supply panels big enough, roughly 5mx2m, though they would be problematic to transport and handle,
    Ivan C
  4. John Dickens

    John Dickens New Member Staff Member

    East Coast Fibreglass used to sell flat GRP panels in various sizes. I'm not sure if they still do.
  5. Vagrant

    Vagrant New Member

    Indeed they do John, but to a max. size of 2440 x 1220. That would mean at least 3 joints on each side panel which could be problematic to deal with, especiallly from an appearance point of view. Of course that size would be easier to handle/transport/store than a full size 5mx2m - swings and roundabouts,
    Ivan
  6. John Dickens

    John Dickens New Member Staff Member

    True enough. It is possible to hide panel joints but it takes work.

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    This roof panel on my car has a curved front section bonded onto a flat sheet and the joint is filled with gel coat filler. It is invisible even if you know it's there.
  7. Gary

    Gary Administrator Staff Member

    We do, they're made to order but the max size we can accommodate is 2.4mt x 1.2mt
  8. Vagrant

    Vagrant New Member

    Thanks Gary, I discussed this with the very helpful Angie yesterday.
    John, that's encouraging, nice looking car BTW
    Ivan C
  9. Vagrant

    Vagrant New Member

    An update on this, I can buy 5 element panels, GRP,Ply, insulation,ply,GRP for less than the materials to make my own - no brainer then. I do think it would be a good idea to waterproof the cut ply edges with resin, as a second line of defense, should any of the corner seals fail,
    Ivan C
  10. John Dickens

    John Dickens New Member Staff Member

    Glad you got sorted.

    Manufacturers producing items in bulk should always be able to make things cheaper than private individuals but it doesn't always seem to work out that way.

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