Floor

 

So that we can really feel comfortable in our DIY T4 bus later, we decided to lay a slightly more stylish floor. In addition, none of his feet want to rest on a cold metal floor. We have therefore chosen this click laminate in the old oak look and are very satisfied with it. Installation was also really straightforward. Another advantage is that we can fasten the cabinets with brackets directly in the floor, so that we can achieve a basic stability of our installation through the floor covering.

 

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Preparation & rust

After we got all the necessary materials, we could start preparing. To do this, we cleared the bus completely and thoroughly repaired all rust spots in the floor. You should be really thorough here, because you won't be able to get to these spots later. We also had to use Flex to remove a few unnecessary steel sheets from the bus , which still came from the previous owner's design.

Lay OSB boards

After we had removed the rust, we were able to saw the OSB boards to size . Using a template, we transferred the geometry of the bus interior to the OSB panels, which we can definitely recommend so that everything fits later. After we had put the plates on the bus for a test, we were able to glue them together. To do this, we glued the OSB panels directly to the floor with silicone and a cartridge press. This may not be the most professional method, but it is very simple, quick and the OSB panels are just as bombproof as with any other method.

Lay the laminate

In the next step, we laid the laminate across from the front to the rear. We had to repeatedly saw the laminate pieces with the jigsaw. With the help of a copy template, you can really save yourself a lot of time and work and get the geometry of the bus very well transferred to the laminate. We then glued the individual pieces of laminate back to the OSB boards with silicone. After everything was laid, we weighted the surface and let it dry overnight.

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Edge protection rear

The edges of the laminate tend to absorb moisture, which means that they soften quickly and can swell or break out. In addition, the edges tear out as soon as you brush them with a box. To avoid the like, we got an aluminum profile, sawed it to the right length and glued it to the rear edge of the laminate. This also worked very well with silicone.

Edge protection side entry

In the future, we would also like to install an edge protector for the entry on the right side of our bus. We want to use the original VW entry. We hope that we can find a cheap used entry that we can use for it, because somehow such a bus extension eats quite a bit of financial resources ...