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Hi guys,
Desperately seeking your advice please:
Just beginning to convert my ex-AA (got it booked in for an Austop roof in March).
Next looking at lining and just don't think carpet's top of the pops for me & my very sticky fingered boys.
My dad used to cover bubble car interiors with vinyl & it looked fantastic (I'm also loving the wipe-clean-ability sense).
So:
- Anyone any views on using vinyl or similar?
- Any sneaky shortcuts for covering wheel arches?
- If I leave the wheel arches exposed (glorious sunrise yellow don't forget!) will we freeze to death despite planned celotex behind the wall panels?
- Should I put a foam backing between the vinyl & panels or does this risk certain death by condensation?
- Will vinyl work direct onto the metalwork around the panels?
- Anyone point me to a good supplier of something appropriately tough & fire proof?

Can't put a price on your advice folks so thanks v much in advance.
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Vinyl will be a lot colder to the touch than carpet (obviously) and have a knock on effect when trying to heat the van, it will also transfer any condensation through from the metal (ie, the surface of the vinyl will become damp with condensation, where the metal would have, if left uncoverered - if that makes sense).

To overcome both of those effects, or at least limit them, you'd need to line any metalwork with scrim foam first. Sadly, doing this can make achieving a nice, even finish even more tricky, as novice trimmers tend to leave indentations in the scrim foam when they apply the top material - or don't manage to get the tension even all over......

Vinyl, by the nature of the material, has a lot less give in it than the lining carpet most folk use - it CAN be made to stretch by warming it, but unless you're quite adept at interior trimming, you ARE going to struggle on any compound curves, or any deep concave areas.

Now, whilst all that is on the negative side, I'm not saying it CAN'T be done - certainly, there's enough 'flat' areas in any van conversion that are as easy to cover in vinyl as anything else, but think carefully about the areas such as around any windows, door openings, etc, as they're likely to cause an issue.

The wheel arches would be particularly tricky - I guess it all depends on what standard of finish you think you can achieve - or think you can live with.....

If you reallly want the 'wipe clean' thing, why not spend the extra on some caravelle plastics or even one of the Styleline (JK) kits?

Or a combo of carept on the tricky areas and vinyl on the flat bits?

Do a search on either of my build diaries and there might be some tricks and tips there that'll help you along.....

Oh - and Megavanmats or Martrim will be able to supply all your needs - PLEASE don't go to anywhere other than a specialist AUTO trimming supplier, because you'll not get the best stuff for the job ......

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you can get full plastic liners were advertised in camper&bus mag the other month
 

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Thanks v much for that & SoKal, have just spent my entire evening on your build pages... FANTASTIC!
Have paid close attention to the trim source recommendation.
Nice summing up in your post & all makes perfect sense; just wondering why carpetting seems to be a T4/5 thing... plenty vinyl & exposed metal on T25s & bays. Did we just move on for all the points you made in your post (i.e. someone produced a stretchy carpet which is just better / warmer / easier) or am I missing something?
Thanks again for a great resource on your diary.
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I think carpetting the metalwork was just something that caught on ......

I do think it gives a slightly less 'van' feel about any conversion - and on my Scudo I've gone a step further and put quite thick scrim foam under the carpet on certain areas of the metalwork, so now it's really quite a padded finish I've got .....

Anyway - glad you like the diaries, but drop me a line if there's anything specific you need any help or advice on :)

Keith
 
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