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Old 02-26-2013, 07:53 AM   #1
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need ideas to cover the ugly ceiling

Theres tons of post/threads..but i get tired at reading everything..
anyone got any suggestions or links WITH PICTURES...to be able to cover my ugly ceiling? I know i can cover it with 1/4" luan plywood or anything else..but
theres nothing to screw or bolt it too..all the rafters are steel!
only wood is along eachside of the rv..nothing but different types of insulation and space.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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I too am looking for ideas. We had a padded vinyl over luan panel at the front of our coach which was damaged form a leaky seam. Would like to find something in 2 x 2 or 2 x 4 panels that can be used to replace the original,
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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peel and stick carpet tiles?
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Along with the peel and stick carpet tiles there is a host of other stuff out there that is peel and stick. You could have anything from a tile look, to wood.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:09 PM   #5
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well we are thinking of covering ours with bambo sticks...like the ones for shades .and are real thin...or grass cloth as those will go real nice with our antique design interior...and can be glued on real easy{well as easy as easy gets} or have a wallpaper hanger do it...jeff
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I used paneling and glued it to foam or paneling where I did not repair roof. Used sticks (1 x 2's) to hold while glue dries, suggest test glues, before doing big pieces of final application.
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I think everyone misunderstood what i meant..maybe i didnt word it right..I want to put something up that will cover everything,including those bars
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If it where me, I'd use something like Luan with some nice self tapping screws right into the steel bars.
There are some trim screws available that are self tapping. If you took your time and got the lines nice and straight with even spacing, I think it would look just fine. Or you could get those little plastic covers that go over the screws to hide them if you wanted to go that far.
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I have friends that restored an older houseboat and they glued a fabric to the ceiling. It looked like a low pile carpet in an off white. It looked great!
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If it where me, I'd use something like Luan with some nice self tapping screws right into the steel bars.
There are some trim screws available that are self tapping. If you took your time and got the lines nice and straight with even spacing, I think it would look just fine. Or you could get those little plastic covers that go over the screws to hide them if you wanted to go that far.
I like that idea, thanks..Might have to try it, But i dont think i could put carpet on the ceiling..Im 6'6, my head touches the roof now lol. i would think carpet being fluffy and all would make it seem smaller in there, idk..id def like to see a pic tho! thanks for alls inputs
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Lazy, you may have to finish the frame out on the ceiling. Doesn't look like you have enough to attach to as it is to get a sag-free adherence. Shouldn't be hard to do as it's not like ceiling joists, the framing will be there just to hold the ceiling material. Then, what I would do is look at what's going to cost what. I know budget is a concern, so is it cheaper to wrap osb board in a thin vinyl? You could also add some insulation in there to help with both heating/cooling and sound dampening.
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I picked up some "headliner" material. at one of the fabric stores and used it for a different purpose however that would be my choice. A can or two of 3M spray glue and you'll have a nice looking ceiling. It has a thin foam backing so it feels like it padded.
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How far apart are the steel bars in your ceiling? I just did a complete ceiling tear-out on my Chieftain that became very involved. I ended up putting steel "rafters"on 24" centers (but that's for another post). I finished mine with luan that I glued to the blue-board and "rafters" with a construction adhesive called "SIKA" that I bought from Lowe's. (It appears to be safe to use on the foam. Contact cement will eat it up)
Before putting the luan up, I covered it with a nice, heavy vinyl wallpaper. I did it before putting it up so that I could wrap the paper over the ends and sides of the panels a couple of inches. I then held it up with some Tee braces made of 2X4 and 1X4 covered with old carpeting. At each rafter, I used the self-tapping, round-head screws like Phobos suggested. For proper spacing, I used a 2 inch wide piece of pegboard and marked out what looked like a good spacing.
After the adhesive set overnight, I removed the screws and covered the seams with 1 1/2 inch wide oak strips. I think it looks nice.
When I get the hang of this picture-posting thing, I hope to start a thread of my own tear-out and rebuild.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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You might consider gluing insulating foam panels in between the steel joist (too level everything). Then you can cover with fabric/luan or whatever.
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