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Old 08-19-2018, 08:29 AM   #1
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Removing/Repair sagging Ceiling 94 Brave

So is this a common problem? My ceiling is sagging looks like the foam/clue is breaking down. I know this was common on a lot of 90's cars and trucks also. I was thinking of just pulling it down and scrapping off all the old foam. Then maybe painting it or putting luan board over it and then painting it. Please let me know if you have had this problem and what you did. any help/advice would be a big plus!
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:37 AM   #2
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We had the same problem with our 2004. I took down the vinyl and used a wire brush to remove the foam. Its a messy job getting the foam off and working overhead isn't a joy but it's very doable.
I went with gluing up new foam backed vinyl and trim it out with molding. We're happy with the results. The only problem I'd see with painting it would be the seams.
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Old 09-03-2018, 02:10 PM   #3
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Sure looks good, Kane... Mind telling where you sourced materials? The lateral battens; wood or plastic. Contact cement or mastic to glue the fabric to the roof? Thanks.

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Jim,
I got the vinyl from Lichtsinn RV. The lateral battens are plastic. Some I was able to reuse from the original, others were damaged when I removed them. Winnebago was able to supply me with the replacements.
As for the glue, the first time I did this (the main cabin and galley) I used the Scott #80 spray glue. It worked out OK and its still up there but it was a PITA, used about one can per panel per side, and your finger gets pretty sore. Last month I did the bedroom and bath area. This time I used contact cement with a foam roller. The roller was easier to apply but you use more glue. Just remember that either way you go it's "contact cement" and you need two people and you both have to be on the same page when you are sticking it up. Once it's stuck its stuck.
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Thanks, Kane... Ya, 'Contact' cement makes me nervous thinking about working overhead with soft materials. You must be skilled to not end up with bubbles and creases. Next time you need to use aerosol cans, get one of these gizmos. Cheers.

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Thanks, Kane... Ya, 'Contact' cement makes me nervous thinking about working overhead with soft materials. You must be skilled to not end up with bubbles and creases. Next time you need to use aerosol cans, get one of these gizmos. Cheers.

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I'm not sure on being "skilled" and there are a couple of opps but no creases. In the main area I had a few bubbles, not sure if I really want to call them bubbles more like it just wasn't smooth. It took about 3 months and it sort of tightened up over time. Maybe I stretched the vinyl a little putting it on and it finally relaxed. There was one section in the main area that we really messed up on. Had to remove the vinyl again, wire brush all the foam etc and start over. It was a bummer for sure but we got past it.
I also ended up with a crease of sorts in the bedroom. All in all it's soooo much better than the ceiling held up with thumb tacks and staples and no where near the $5 ~ 7K estimate I got for paying someone to do it.
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If you're lucky, the old adhesive may be water soluble (it could explain the sagging). The adhesive on my 2002 Suncruiser is. I had to remove the headliner in the bathroom and used a spray bottle filled with water.
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