Bus Build: Painting our Walls and Ceiling for our Bus Conversion – S03E22

After our Paint Chip Showdown of 40 different kinds of white, we went ahead and bought the winning color - Stone Washed - and began the task of painting our wall panels and ceiling planks.

For our ceiling planks we used a Knotty Pine Tongue and Groove Wainscoting. It is only 5/16 of an inch thick, which is great because it is super light and won’t take up much head room, that comes with the con though that many of them were broken and unusable. Sometimes the knots in the wood had holes too that we will have to try to fill with caulk.

We left the original bus insulation in the walls and decided to put up a vapor barrier between our panels and the insulation and metal beams.  We used Husky Plastic Sheeting and a 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive to glue it to the bus wall.

We roped Don’s parents into helping us paint, which made it quite fun and social.  With 4 of us painting it still took 2 days to paint all our wall panels and ceiling planks.  We did a double coat on the front and a single coat on the back.  Good tip we received from friends - always paint the back side too to ensure your wood doesn’t warp over time!


Up Next
After all the work on creating our wall panels, we realized we needed to make some big changes to how we were building our walls and windows - but with good reason.

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Husky Plastic Sheeting
Polyethylene film can be used as a vapor barrier for concrete, to cover crawl spaces or even under wood


3M Super 77  Spray Adhesive
Bonds a wide range of lightweight materials (i.e., paper, cardboard fabric, insulation, plastic, metal, wood, felt, fiberglass, foam, leather, and more). Provides professional, industrial strength for demanding applications. Offers a fast, aggressive tack for a quick bond that reduces set time.


By Mela & Don

Mela and Don are sharing their journey as they make conscious decisions to live a more healthy, environmentally friendly life together.

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