Hi, totally new to this. Have purchased a Botterill and Fraser caravan, circa 1950’s, some internal and external sheets of plywood need replacing. My plan was to use 3mm plywood, and finish with marine grade sealer, primer, paint and top coat. Is 3mm thick enough and should I use marine grade ply? Thanks
Post by shesgotthelook on May 15, 2021 11:25:55 GMT 10
Hello & welcome. I would recommend marine ply. 3mm is ok for the ends but I would go something a bit thicker for the sides. Good quality, oil based paint & yes, marine grade paint should be fine. Does it have a canvas covered roof?
Thanks. It does have a canvas roof, that has mostly come off. I tested the paint yesterday, and every bit of it is lead. Now I’m wondering if I should replace the internal and external ply skins so I don’t have to strip the paint. It’s in pretty poor condition on the exterior, and couldn’t be painted over. Thoughts?
Post by shesgotthelook on May 16, 2021 21:17:08 GMT 10
Some photos may help for the right advice. Re your lead paint, wear a mask & use a heat gun then sander. If the timber isn't too rotten then this is much easier than total replacement. Below is a link to a total rebuild I did. It was a BIG job & I never want to do it again. I have restored many vans but I am over it & my retired builder man is too unwell to take on another one.