FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:14 pm

Nothing like a big ole’ Thick piece of canvas to cover up a lot of sins huh ? ;) By the time the long strips go on (12’ high ) it’ll be even better … 8) :D
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:26 am

Early morning , coffee in hand , I was thinking about a “filler “ for the foam with damaged surface areas … We tried lightweight spackling , ( it came off ) , then we tried drywall mud … ( it came off too)
And then we thought about something we’ve used a lot in the past … Artist Acrylic modeling paste … Which is sticky like Paint , but really Thick like the other products and would likely provide much better for adhesion , and you can sand it … naturally the Foam will/should always fail first , unlike the spackle which apparently never got really stuck to the foam …

Something else to test … :thinking:
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby OP827 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:39 am

How about gripper with wood flour or other filler?
My foldable foam trailer build: http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=61344
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:16 am

OP, you know we haven’t tried that as yet but it “should" work … ( a speculation) ? Another something to test …
I do remember the original MP filler was Marble dust … It had great adherence and dried solid …and possibly ( maybe ) might make a “weave filler” for those that like a smooth surface … smooth out seams too ( sorta’ like trailer “Bondo” ) … Just an idea ... :thinking:

So close to being finished ( outside ) , just trying to avoid the summer tropical rains ( every day) .. Doing little bits as we can …

Ps. I looked in my bag of marbles and there wasn’t any dust to speak of … :lol::FNP
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby me&z » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:42 am

GPW wrote:
Ps. I looked in my bag of marbles and there wasn’t any dust to speak of … :lol::FNP


Must resist! No jokes about GPW's marbles. :R
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:56 am

Oh go ahead !!! I seem to have misplaced most of them anyway ... :lol:
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:54 am

My helper came over this morning and we attached the rest of the canvas… the Strips … Plus one more coat of Gripper on the outside … ( after this one dries ) one more to go and then we paint ... :D The pics …
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:57 am

more pics …

note: clothespins held the canvas to the corner moulding while the Gripper dried … :thumbsup:
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:38 pm

I did just go out and paint the other #2 coat of Gripper on the shadow side ( it’s HOT ) . This time I mixed a little of the paint color in with it to help make the color transition , and show where I may have missed a spot … All looks good now …. This Foamie repair is even easier than I thought it would be … Hardest thing is waiting for a sunny day … ( and those baby birds :R ) ... :lol:
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:13 am

Just went out this morning to check how the morning dew and the drip edges worked …There were a few drops running down the side of the trailer and ending at the very bottom of the drip edge and then to the ground… The floor underneath was completely dry … :thumbsup:

Note: I highly suspect it was the dew all along that contributed to the softening of the previous floor … Every day that water would run under the trailer floor and keep the canvas WET … which in turn rotted the canvas and attracted Ants … grrr! :duh:

So the Big lesson learned , use Drip Edges !!!

I’d also like to express my deepest Appreciation those who made such Great suggestions … Pooling our ideas together like this can only lead to making Better camper trailers in the future. :thumbsup:
Foamie trailers have really evolved since those first uncertain days … Thanks Everybody !!! :beer:
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby HMK » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:54 am

I always liked this build. I guess I need to start at the beginning and see what happened. Glad you were able to fix it!
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:13 am

HMK, Thanks !!! We learn as we go , so some mistakes ( bad choices ) are likely … Nothing that can’t be easily corrected here… Turns out the speculation about Foamie ease of repair was True … No problems … even for a major renovation like this one … working Inside a big space would have made it much quicker and even easier …
We still have one last thing to install , the rear floor board and drip edge … Already cut and fit to exact width , primed all around , drip edging installed , we’ve only to bolt it in place and proceed with the finishing … The bulk of all the work done now , this is really easy , just finishing up ;)
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:24 am

Pics of the rear end floor board and green “tell-tale” primer …
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:44 am

Got the back board installed and floorboard … Threshold back in place … and now a little caulking here and there …. some canvas strips ,and we paint the whole thing … :D getting close now … :thumbsup:

So tight once again it whistles when we close the door … :whistle:
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Re: FoamStream , the restoration … a lesson learned .

Postby GPW » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:19 am

And while we were resting inside from the heat , a friendly Fat Dog with funny ears showed up outside the Studio …and hung around for a while till it wandered off… :o Living in the woods has many little surprises ... :lol:
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