Pre-Fab Panel Material/System

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  1. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    I need to build a bulkhead in the CreepyEuroStalkerVan and I'd like to find a rigid, light material. I've thought about laminating some blue insulation foam with 1/4" ply, but was hoping there might be something available off the shelf. I'd like to be able to hang some heavy stuff on the cargo side and cover the cabin side with carpet.

    Desired qualities:

    Light
    Rigid
    Thickness - 1/2"-2"
    Insulating
    air tight (gas fumes)


    Any ideas?





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  2. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    Nida core
    http://nida-core.com/english/index.php

    You used to be able to order it directly through them. However it appears that 3M purchased the company now. Which means you would have to go through a 3M/nida core dealer.

    Lots of variations. But the balsa lite would be closest to your plywood/blue foam panel.

    Honestly it's pretty cool stuff, I ordered the sample kit just to check it out.
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  3. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Find someone that's torn out a modern walk in cooler?

    However, no structural 'guts' to it for hanging things?


    DIY might be the best way to go. You could laminate on that white fiberglass 'bathroom wall material', but again, no structural value there either, other than 'better than foam'
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  4. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Probably easier to use a layer of half inch on back, quarter on front, frame to brace and mount, holes in quarter side to shoot voids with expanding foam including sealing front from rear, then install green shag carpet.
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  5. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    Interesting. Didn't look easily available, but that got me some better search terms.

    Came across Decolite which may work, if I can find it and the price is right.





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  6. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    I agree I was pretty disappointed when I looked at their site now.
    Before 3M bought them you could order all of their products directly from nida core.
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  7. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    Doesn't look like anything is going to be simple or easily available. :bluduh





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  8. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Honestly, your original idea is a good one, and it's going to be faster/easier/cheaper than finding just the right material in this situation. 1" polystyrene foam, 1/2" or 1/4" maple or birch plywood skin, 2x2s ripped down to 1" thick for a frame, and some construction adhesive/disposable notched trowel and screws. The 1/2" vs 1/4" ply skins would really just be about how much stuff you wanted to hang on this wall.

    I've made some garage carriage doors this way before, worked great.
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