Our first van project: install noise insulation.
OK, technically our first project was to add air to the tires, which were all low, but we didn't take any photos. We did learn something, however. The tires require between 65 and 72 psi, an amount of pressure that really taxes our local gas station air pump. Is that pump simply underpowered, or will we need to look for truck stops in the future? Only time will tell.
I'll give credit where credit is due: Brian did all the research here. He smartly selected Second Skin audio automotive insulation for the job. We bought it on Amazon.
QUICK LOOK Time Spent: 6.5 hrs Materials Cost: $185 Products Used: * Second Skin automotive insluation Special Tools: roller Frustration Factor: mild
The goal was to cover around 25% of the interior of each panel. The material requires a flat surface, and we wanted to stick to recessed areas so as not to lose any interior space at finish. Every area with a panel of noise insulation will eventually be covered by thermal insulation, which means this doesn't have to be pretty. That said, it's hard not to line up the edges!
The material arrived as 12x24" sheets with adhesive on one side and a protective wax paper backing. We measured and drew guide lines directly on that backing.
The material cut easily with household scissors.
The backing lifts easily from the insulation, and panels adhered easily to the inside of the van.
Because Brian is a precise person, he bought a little roller to eliminate any air bubbles that might get trapped. We rolled every piece of insulation, but air bubbles weren't much of a problem. By avoiding curves as much as possible, we guaranteed easy installation.
The one warning I would issue is that the cut edges can be very sharp. We both cut our fingers. Our first van boo-boos!
All in all, easy peasy. We will install insulation in the floor too, but we'll wait until we're closer to ready to install the floor. I'm worried that walking on the material may cause it to come up. Plus, it will get dirty!
The van is looking more and more like a Stormtrooper Transport!