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Finally finished the inside of my van today. Thought I would list some helpful pointers for those who are considering lining the back of the van.

I had previously ply lined and - what I had assumed - sealed the base with 5 coats of garage floor paint. It still looked in pretty good condition but when I removed my tank and reel it was COMPLETELY saturated. It smelt of sewers it was that far gone (didn’t even last two years).

I don’t like fibreglass, I know a lot of people are fans but I don’t get on with the stuff and find it messy and awkward to use - so I opted for Protectakote.

So - my recommendations......

 

Strip the back out completely (floor).

Clean with CIF cream cleaner using a scotch pad, this process is to CLEAN the existing surface.

Wash down with water to remove residue.

Use a DRY scotch pad (green or red -medium or coarse) to dull the paintwork. I found trying to dull the paintwork with CIF didn’t work all that efficiently, when I went over the whole van bed again with a dry scourer it gave instant results.

Brush out and wipe over with xylene (thinners for Protectakote). Make sure the van doors are open and you have a breeze - it’s powerful stuff and gave me a horrific hangover!!

Make good any edges and holes, I’ve used UPOL Tiger seal (used it before) and find it extremely good and hard wearing, for larger gaps around the edges I used expanding foam first.

 

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Once the foam has set (an hour for most brands) it can be trimmed and Tiger seal applied to the perimeter/edges of the van floor.

 

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Everything was then masked up (the bits that you don’t want painting) ready to paint.

 

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Now - I ordered the textured (by mistake!!) as I got carried away with the colour choice, ginger was the only choice for a member of the superior race (Steve Garwood understands!!) so struggled at first getting to grips with the finish.

The only tips for painting would be -

Buy a roller for each coat you plan to do , the paint dries very quickly and you can not store them (I tried the usual cling film trick and the second time I brushed on some xylene thinners) the first roller dried after the first coat, the second roller disintegrated during the third coat so I had to finish off with a brush which isn’t easy!!!

Don’t worry about full coverage on the first coat, even if you only do two coats (I did three) the second coat goes on a lot thicker naturally anyway. I had a lot of white showing through after the first coat but didn’t panic as the instructions said get the first one on as a key in a thin layer.

I didn’t use a roller tray - I just dunked my roller in the tin which seemed to work really well, I just made sure I stirred it frequently and the rubber granules were distributed evenly.

Use frog tape to mask off - it’s foolproof!!

Overall I’m pretty pleased and impressed with the final results - even though I did get the textured finish and not the smooth. I’m confident this time I’ve created a ‘tanked’ liner in the back that should last a lifetime.

Everything came to around £150 so around the same price as fibreglassing - just without the mess!!

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Job done - just got to get the new tank in now and set it all up!!!!

 

 

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Iron Giant

Looks like you have done a cracking job. I have bare plywood in mine at the moment with rubber matting down but not really had a issue with spillages, But I was going to use garage floor paint and I am always cautious when tank is full I wrap a cloth around the lid in case of spillage in transit.

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Nice thorough job, agree it's better to just do away with ply lining. Did mine over a year ago and the only problem is I may get an occasional chip when taking the reel out The mistake I made was i threw away the tin with a bit left over, when I should have kept it for touching up.
I just use a dab of black paint and it's fine.

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Eviestevie

Raptor lining is amazing 

Check it out on YouTube 

Can be rolled,gives a texture and is so hard once dry you can not chip it

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Nice thorough job, agree it's better to just do away with ply lining. Did mine over a year ago and the only problem is I may get an occasional chip when taking the reel out The mistake I made was i threw away the tin with a bit left over, when I should have kept it for touching up.
I just use a dab of black paint and it's fine.

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I won’t have any issues with wear dmw as I have a plastic tray insert that fills up the area in the back where I have space.


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Raptor lining is amazing 
Check it out on YouTube 
Can be rolled,gives a texture and is so hard once dry you can not chip it


I looked at Raptor when I did my van originally- back then they didn’t have a great deal of info on it or long term reviews. I know another member used it and thought it was really good too but can’t remember who it was. At least with Protectakote it’s tried and tested so had more confidence it would work if the prep was done correctly.


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[mention=2651]AGlassAct[/mention] How much paint did you have to buy? cheers m

I brought the van kit which came with a 5 litre tin. 3 decent coats and I have a litre left I reckon


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Eviestevie

Raptor is amazing 

It's so hard wearing 

Protectacoat in my experience looks mega when done but weeks after is just so scratched and chipped 

 

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Skxawng

Looks nice but aren't the holes a problem? You said you were confident you'd created a tanked liner, but can't water get into those holes and into the undercarriage ect?

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Looks nice but aren't the holes a problem? You said you were confident you'd created a tanked liner, but can't water get into those holes and into the undercarriage ect?

All the holes drain straight through, I’ve just made sure they are coated well. I filled the van for the first time today and the shut off valve failed so it flooded..... took it for a trip to a steep hill and no more water!!!

 

 

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