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Old 06-25-2022, 12:49 PM   #1
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Here's a rookie question for sure - Relining my ceiling

On my 1983 17' Sunline Weekender, my TT ceiling is not so bad that it needs a complete removal... (It only has a very few small blisters...) So, I've decided to reline the ceiling with with some decorative hardboard paneling. (a wood grain look going the width of the TT).

So, my question is this...
Knowing that the ceiling stringers are still in good shape and the 3/16" thick ceiling materials still substantial enough to hold fasteners...


Should I use some kind of adhesive along with fasteners to hold the new surface in place (and if so, which adhesive?), or should I just go ahead and triple up on the fasteners I'm going to use... (I will be using staples at each stringer and decorative "button screws" across the "field" of the panel. (in a pattern, of course...)

I'm looking at these button screws about every 18 inches...



Thanks in advance...
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You'll have to know what the roof trusses are made of , before you start .

Is it possible to get a good look at one by removing a roof vent bezel ?

If they are wood ; most are 2x2 to save weight ; multiple screws on close spacing , could easily split 40 year old wood .
Pilot drill all holes ; for screws into the trusses; and don't use power driver on the screws .
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I would use full thread stainless screws with finish washers, no adhesive, drill pilot holes, and use a screw gun with adjustable clutch. That’s how I installed the ceiling panels in a cargo trailer conversion project several years ago.
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You'll have to know what the roof trusses are made of , before you start .

Is it possible to get a good look at one by removing a roof vent bezel ?

If they are wood ; most are 2x2 to save weight ; multiple screws on close spacing , could easily split 40 year old wood .
Pilot drill all holes ; for screws into the trusses; and don't use power driver on the screws .
Thanks,
Yes, the ceiling joists (stringers) are 1.5" X 1.5" pine... I'll be using my pneumatic stapler to hold the new ceiling cover to the existing stringers (3/4") but the rosettes are to support the "field" and to cover the staples. The stringers are spaced at 16" O.C. (according to the location of the existing (screw/ nails) they are a domed headed nail with spiral shanks...
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I would use full thread stainless screws with finish washers, no adhesive, drill pilot holes, and use a screw gun with adjustable clutch. Thatís how I installed the ceiling panels in a cargo trailer conversion project several years ago.
According to the supplier, the screws are enamel painted, white, with a one inch wide plastic rosette.

My ceiling width is 90 inches and stringers are 16" on center... So, I'm thinking, if I use an 8X8 grid pattern there should be enough support to hold the new ceiling to the old surface.

I'm starting the first piece at 32" because I want to avoid, putting new seams over the old ones, and I'm using a vinyl seam joiner to cover the seams.

I hope to have pictures after the install by Wednesday...
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