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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

So again, no pictures of Painting


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Awlgrip "oyster white" with G3013 flattening agent to dull it down a bit.
Used a 4" foam roller, 3 coats, I decided to roll it to replicate
the original GELCOAT texture, if you even seen a roof that is super shiny
and no texture , it shows every bump,warp, and defect.



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this is called "hull Liner" and it is PERFECT for this application,
100% Polypropylene very stretchy, even has better insulation factor



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you can also Google "hull Liner" for other vendors

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote


At this time I installed the top seals, and taped up my new blue edge to prevent overspray from glue

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Before covering the top, I temporarily installed the skylight seal, ran a pencil around it and then taped the edge so I knew where to cut the carpet after its installed.



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I used 2 full cans 3M #90 adhesive. this is a 2 person job,
do not cut to fit as the material is very stretchy,
mark off like 2ft lengths with pencil, only attach 2 feet of length at a time


start in the corner and work back and across to your 2 foot mark
your helper will hold the material away from the surface as you rub and contour to fit

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

Please note I used one edge back as the guide and the other side was trimmed after

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tools I used were putty knife, ball end of screwdriver, and tools to rub down the corners, carpet knife and scissors.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

I did pause half way to trim the other edge,


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Fit the latch, the paddles will rub on the material,
I marked an area, cut it out with a knife and glued in a flat fabric
this is important as the latch must operate smoothly



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Back to my Solar install, I drilled holes thru the edge and inserted brass
all-thread, wires are outside the tent, I chose to re-enter the tent in the back
I will drill hole in the plywood in the back and keep the cables inside the vehicle


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

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I installed my GW tent as per instructions, only note I will say is mark the top and bottom middles of the fabric before mounting


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Ready for my friends to help it back up



A view from Inside


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

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DONE!

My services are available, if anyone is serious,
Love to start a little weekend company doing what I enjoy

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

That looks great. I think the hull liner is a much better looking alternative to the original flocking.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:05 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

Very good craftsmanship there my friend.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:48 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

Very nice work, thanks for sharing it. How did you remove the old flocking? Or did you just glue over it?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:55 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

looks like he used acetone and a scraper.

Man, I have to agree that hull liner material is aesthetically pleasing.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:01 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

Amazing! Nice work.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:04 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

xoo00oox wrote:
Very nice work, thanks for sharing it. How did you remove the old flocking? Or did you just glue over it?


Acetone (laid on heavy) and a paint scraper. We talked through his process over the weekend. I used the same removal technique on mine and it worked really well.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:00 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

Beautiful work. That hull liner looks familiar:

(although mine is a bit sloppy compared to yours!)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:24 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

fantastic work and write up Mike. looking forward to seeing this in person.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

I'll build upon the compliments of the other members above this post.

Thank you very much for the excellent presentation of some new approaches, materials selections, and procedures descriptions. A project of this ilk is certainly in our future and your sharing will improve our considerations and execution.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

An exceptionally well done job! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

Great write up and pictures, thanks!

We’re doing a re-paint of our westy and I’d like to install low profile solar while I have the roof off - your technique looks great.


I didn’t understand just how you routed the wires as I’m not sure just where this picture is. Along the outside of the tent to the rear?
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You’ll attach wires to the brass all thread on the inside and continue on to the controller?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:11 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

Looks great. Nice job! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

answering questions-

[quote="Alaskaberrys"]Great write up and pictures, thanks!

We’re doing a re-paint of our westy and I’d like to install low profile solar while I have the roof off - your technique looks great.


I didn’t understand just how you routed the wires as I’m not sure just where this picture is. Along the outside of the tent to the rear?
[quote="puchfinnland"]
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the solar wires connected INSIDE to the brass screws, and then continued outside, in the rear, they jumped back in as I prefer to make a hole thru the plywood, rather then drill holes in the metal outside where a leak is more of a possibility.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon T3 Westfalia roof renovation w/ solar Reply with quote

Thanks for this thread! I haven't done the solar yet, but I followed your headliner tip! It turned out great. Anyone else doing the polypro headliner, this a great tip for punching holes :

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Heat something up to punch out holes, Don't use a drill!
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