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Old 04-23-2013, 02:15 PM   #1
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Pre-Fab Panel Material/System

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)


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Old 04-23-2013, 02:24 PM   #2
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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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Old 04-23-2013, 02:35 PM   #3
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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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Old 04-23-2013, 03:30 PM   #4
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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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Old 04-23-2013, 03:55 PM   #5
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Nida core
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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Old 04-28-2013, 05:02 PM   #6
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Interesting. Didn't look easily available,
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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Doesn't look like anything is going to be simple or easily available.





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Old 04-28-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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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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