|Severe Water Damage / New
vintage trailers have sustained water damage due to leaky roofs and windows. There are 2
ways to fix this with wood:
Dismantle the trailer and rebuild it from scratch.
Or... Put new wood over the damage and hide the seams with wood
This is what I'm going to do here.
trailer had damage in 2 areas. It was bad enough that I didn't want to fix it with
bondo. I also wanted natural wood on the ceiling and I wanted to install new lights, so
this was a good candidate for a new ceiling.
|This is actually very
Start from the back. You want to cut your panels as large as possible. 4' wide
if possible. The cabinets will determine how big of piece you can get in. You have to
put molding around the edges and along the seams, so your cuts don't need to be perfect.
So, use your tape measure, determine the where the cuts need to be. Cut it and staple or
nail into place.
|Use masking tape to mark
the walls where your cross beams are, so you can put your fasteners into the beam.
|Once you have all your
panels up, begin putting the molding on. I used 1-1/4" molding with 1"
staples. MAKE SURE YOUR FASTENERS AREN'T GOING THROUGH THE OUTSIDE. Use the same method
as described in "Wood Floors".
If you're nailing the panels up, you'll probably want some temporary supports to help
hold the panels up. Spring loaded shower curtain rods work really well for this.
|It looks better if you put
the molding around the outside first, then add the molding for the cross seems.
|This method can also be
used on water damaged walls.
I was also able to use the same wood on the cabinets below.
You can get this same wood at your hardware store. It's called "Luan"
pronounced "lew-anne". I don't know what kind of tree it comes from, but 1
side looks like Mohagany and the other side looks like Birch. I used the Birch side
You can also get maple, oak and more.