How To Line Your Own Van.

Discussion in 'Interiors, Seating, Lining' started by slidepods, 12 Mar 2019.

  1. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

    A little while ago I was chatting to @Pauly and he asked if we would be interested in putting together a thread outlining how to go about lining your own van. Up until recently I have been so busy with work and home stuff that I haven't had a chance to do a thing about it and with another baby due in August I figured that if I don't pull my finger out and make a start I will never get round to it.
    In order to make this thread as useful as possible to people I intend to outline x2 methods of van lining....

    1- using bought CNC cut panels that will be fixed up using hidden trim fixings. This will give a superior, lighter and of course more expensive outcome.

    2- using a quick, easy and cheap DIY panel system. This will also give a very similar finish but the materials and methods are somewhat less refined.

    We will also talk about insulating and soundproofing along with products and where to source them.

    Obviously with this being a DIYers how too we wont be doing things like one piece roofs as we want it to be a guide that pretty much anybody can follow.

    For those of you that have panel vans we will include a flooring guide to help you achieve a professional finish on your floor that would put some professional floors I have seen over the years to shame.

    In some instances we will be using a few of products that we manufacture "in house" at Slidepods but in order to make sure you can achieve the same look as we do we will make these products available to purchase from us if anybody wants too.

    With all of this in mind those of you that have already lined your own vans what would you suggest we cover in this thread that that would have helped you now that you can look back on the job retrospectively?? and those of you about to embark on a DIY lining job what are you stuck on or worried about that we should cover as we go along??

    Just as a sub note once we complete the project I will ask @Pauly to tidy up the thread into a pure "how too" guide and remove this initial post and all members posts to make it as useful as possible. In the meantime though lets have some fun with this and thank's in advance to anybody that helps out or gets involved with contributions. :thumbsup:

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  2. Lord Mfwic

    Lord Mfwic Chief Fire Starter. VIP Member T6 Legend

    Mine is lined out in the same material but with fixings on show (not hidden). I bought mine already done but the picture above with the hidden fixings looks far neater and much more refined.
    I would recommend anyone thinking of doing this to go with the hidden fixings system, assuming that your budget allows.
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  3. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

    thanks @Lord Mfwic .

    Both methods we outline will give the invisible fixing finish that everybody quests for.
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  4. Skyliner33

    Skyliner33 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    @slidepods this sounds a great help for people like me and I am sure will be much appreciated. I look forward to reading this especially as we will be able to but all the bits needed from you.

    I have just started lining my van. Done the metalwork and wall panels. Now planning the roof, and I have seen a bit I need to ask about but will take some pics first.
  5. Jamie2.0

    Jamie2.0 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    Great idea, I've literally just done mine in the last two days. It's still fresh in my mind but is it to early to chime in on areas I found challenging?
  6. Dugdog74

    Dugdog74 Member T6 Pro

    Having just bought my T6 and lining is my next step so cant wait to read this thread. Bring it on. :thumbsup:
  7. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

    Fire away. We line so many vans it would be a big help knowing which bits you found tricky.
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  8. Skyliner33

    Skyliner33 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    OK, here are my thoughts.

    I originally tried to line the van on one piece, however this didnt quite work out. I started at the near side B pillar. All was pretty straightforward until I got to the wheel arch. This I found a bit tricky. Partly I think because it was a very cold day and I didnt realise how much the material would stretch.
    However my main problem was when I got to the the back of the nearside and had to turn to go across the top of the tailgate. I c0uldnt stretch the fabric enough to go round the corner without ending up with big creases, so I ended up cutting the carpet.
    Then I started from the offside B pillar again working backwards and again ended up having to cut the carpet when I got t the tailgate corner. I then pieced across the top of the tailgate.
  9. Jamie2.0

    Jamie2.0 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    I found the thoggs lining as it happens thread a very good starting point, there's a couple of good vids on you tube too but nothing by what I'd call professionals say like the Kiravans tutorials.

    So I used 3.6mm cncd panels, mega van mats hidden clips and 4 way mega stretch.

    Carpetting the panels was easy, fitting the clips not so easy, then fitting panels to the van. There wasn't much tolerance with the hidden clips. I kicked myself for not easing the holes in the ply prior to carpetting, last two panels, seat belt ones, I did this and it made it way easier.

    Panel holes in metal work, how to achieve a tidy finish around the clip holes.

    Re-fitting the door seals, it was like someone took a good inch or so out of them when I wasn't looking.

    Seams vs seamless... I managed a happy medium on this.

    I did found fitting over the carpet over the wheel arches quite satisfying.

    Hope this helps towards the tutorial.
  10. Jamie2.0

    Jamie2.0 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    Snap, did the same thing but planned to hide a seam behind the rear panels and do the tailgate in one piece.
  11. Jay17cali

    Jay17cali Member T6 Pro

    Hoping I’ll learn something and save some money watching this thread
  12. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

    Thanks everybody for the info so far. Please keep it coming so we dont miss anything out.
    I will put the first post up this morning and it will be all about preparing the van before you get started.
  13. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

    The first thing you should do to achieve a good line out of your T6 is prepare the vehicle properly. Now some of you will no doubt have nice new kombi's and panel vans but others may have second hand vans however the end result of preparation should be the same.

    What we are looking for is a nice clean empty van with a key applied to specific areas of the inside of the vehicle to aid the bond of your spray adhesive prior to applying the carpet.
    If you have a used van with ply lining I would suggest treating any holes that have been drilled for screws to be installed with zinc or red oxide paint and filling any holes in the floor with a little bit of polymer adhesive or similar to avoid future rust problems.

    You will also need an M10 spline bit to remove the seat-belts and any floor lashing points.

    Personally I would also remove both front seats to avoid getting glue on them and to give you more space to work.

    Hopefully by now you have a nice empty van with all the rear lining panels removed (inc roof) and the B-Pillar trims removed.

    Next you can remove the tailgate threshold and any sliding door steps.

    If you have removed a steel bulkhead the lower part of the bracket will need to be cut out with an angle grinder however I would suggest removing the cab floor mat first and protecting all plastics from hot flying swarf as it will impregnate into them easily. Remember to rust proof up after cutting the bracket out.
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  14. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

    Is this first post okay?? any suggestions on how to make it better?? Info you feel I have missed that would have been helpful???
    I will ask @Pauly to add photos to the thread later as we will take specific ones for it.
  15. Steve H

    Steve H Excited Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    It's all bated breath here, and looking good so far, but when you say a key, I assume you're meaning panel wipe the painted surfaces to degrease them. Is there anything more, such as a light sanding..?
  16. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

    by key I do mean light sanding.
    the next post will be about cleaning the surfaces and sanding a few ateas.
  17. Skyliner33

    Skyliner33 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    I may be jumping ahead of the buil but I will point out something I'm not happy with and wish I had known before.

    When I lined the sides of the van I had not got the ply for the ceiling. After lining I checked where the OEM ceiling panels went and trimmed carpet. Then after I have bought the ply panels I can across this problem:

    Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 14.45.03.png

    I trimmed to where the metalwork stopped and now the ceiling is a litttle lower than OEM and Im left with this little gap, which I will have to work out a way to fix/hide.

    Secondly I fitted up the 2 piece roof and the panels don't follow the same curvature, Im puzzled as to how t correct this and make it look right. Now Im wishing I had bought it in one piece.

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  18. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

    Honestly..... it looks like its a pretty poor ply celing set.
  19. Skyliner33

    Skyliner33 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Thanks, I may have to take it back see what they say.

    Any suggestions about the gap at the top of the B pillar?
  20. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

    its hard to see in the pics but I would say if you buy one that fits properly it will be fine.

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