3/9/2019 Skinning

I know you’ve been waiting to hear about the camper. Saturday morning I applied canvas skin to the rest of the walls. Three sides in all. I expected it to go much faster than last weekend and it did. Here’s me applying a squeegee to the canvas which is wet with primer and then a wider view after I was done for the day. Just so you know, its the XL hazmat suit that makes me look like I put on 25 pounds. If you are wondering about the lack of windows, they will be in the flip up panels. Once dry, I can apply as many coats on cheap brand paint and then a not so cheap top coat. I spotted an “Elastomeric Roof Coating” that looks like it would do a good job. Some camper makers have used that before with success. Waterproof, mold resistant, UV resistant, etc, that appears to like it would do well.

3/3/2019 More Fun with Poor Man’s Fiberglass

More fun with Poor Man’s Fiberglass. Yesterday I did the top of the tapered front end. This morning I did the two sides. Because it tapers, these sides range from about 4′ tall to 5′ tall and about 3′ wide. I did both sides. I am using 4’x12′ painter’s canvas from Harbor Freight. I’ve not actually measured them before washing yet but they apparently shrink up substantially in the wash. I washed this one twice to get the lint out (I could make my own paper with the amount of lint that came out of the dryer). Anyway, it is still most of 4′ wide but only about 10′ long now. As long as they don’t shrink any more than that I can cut them in half and that will be long enough for a side. Since these wrapped around each side about a foot I can probably finish each side with one tarp. Two for the back and two for the top. I have three in stock so I’ll need to get three more. I used about 80% of a gallon of the primer. At $26/gallon Glidden Gripper is a little pricey but it’s called Gripper for a reason.

3/2/2019 Poor Man’s Fiberglass

I started a new phase in the camper this morning. Skinning. I’m using a technique called “poor man’s fiberglass” which involves canvas or bed sheets and paint or glue. I chose canvas and paint, specifically Glidden Gripper. I tackled what I think is the hardest section first, the tapered front end. In the pictures you can see the canvas and paint on the top front. Next is that same piece of canvas anchored behind the rigid foam. The anchor is probably not really necessary but I had a gap that would collect water so I’m filling the gap and securing the canvas the will take the brunt of the wind. Finally while I had the can open I put canvas on the front hatch. I picked up a $10 paper coverall from HD before I started which should last me for a while. Once covered a few layers of cheap paint will go over this and then some better paint.