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Old 25-03-2008, 12:56 AM   #1
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Ply Lining a van - DIY job?

Hi guys,

Want to save some money ply lining my van with the help of my mate who is an experienced carpenter. I have a question which I hope can be answered for me.....

How does the ply lining attach to the van? Can you buy the fixings on their own?

Cheers in advance

BTW The van is a Ford Transit Connect
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Old 25-03-2008, 07:47 AM   #2
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Old 25-03-2008, 07:54 AM   #3
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you can buy kits

http://www.plyliningservices.co.uk/p...px?ID=Mercedes

http://www.vangadgets.co.uk/wood_lin...s_for_vans.htm

http://www.rwskuse.co.uk/vl_ford.html#fordconnect

im sure if i googled further i would find some instructions too
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Old 25-03-2008, 09:00 AM   #4
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you can buy kits, but in my experience, the panels are still slightly out.

Its easier to have lots of cardboard, make templates and cut yourself with a jigsaw. I'm not DIY expert by far, but did my own van

You have to screw into the bulkhaeds in the van. So check where the panels (ply) will meet and needs to overlap bulkheads to give a sound fixing point. Just drill a very small hole direct into metal bulkhead and follow with screws. You can buy special screws to bite the metal, but its up to you.

One other tip, if you are cutting them yourself, give the edges a quick sand before fitting, makes such a difference.
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Old 25-03-2008, 09:07 AM   #5
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I also bought and fitted a kit a few years ago and the actual fit was not that good.
If you have the time, patience and carpentry skills then it is probably worth cutting your own but on my last 3 vans I have had them done properly as I felt that the time I would have lost was worth more than the extra getting it professionly done, plus I have been very pleased with the finish on them.
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Old 25-03-2008, 09:31 AM   #6
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If you've got time and patience, and a handful of DIY skills, crack on with it yourself. Iain's idea of templates from cardboard is brilliant.

On the other hand, if you're a clueless numpty, just get a carpenter to do it who had a bit of experience. Good quality wood isn't cheap, and if you lash it up and waste a load and end up getting someone to do it anyway, its false economy.
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On the other hand, if you're a clueless numpty, just get a carpenter to do it who had a bit of experience. Good quality wood isn't cheap, and if you lash it up and waste a load and end up getting someone to do it anyway, its false economy.
My mate is a carpenter, has loads of experience......He fits the interiors of Sunseeker yachts.

What thickness ply should I go for?
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Old 26-03-2008, 12:37 AM   #8
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^ Your carpenter should be able to advise you.
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Old 26-03-2008, 12:50 AM   #9
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my van has just been done and we used thinish ply but doubled it up so its alot stronger, we used the cardboard idea and it really helps a hell of a lot it saves cutting the wood measuring and then cutting again
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Or hows about these?

http://www.screwfix.com/cats/A259589...ly-Lining-Kits

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