Pop-Up Camper Remodel: Giving the Ceiling a Facelift

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A few months ago I made a bit of an impulse purchase and bought this 1994 pop-up camper for cheap, cheap, cheap .  Well, I basically got what I paid for, because the roof was completely rotted away and needed to be rebuilt.  I’ll be posting some videos of that process later, but for now, I want to show you an easy way to update or refinish the ceiling of your camper (or any room in your room, for that matter!).

We rebuilt the entire frame of the roof, but because the area of the roof is actually a thick layer of foam, we decided to let that dry out, completely, and then repair the interior damage in a cosmetic way.

Glue up ceiling panels are an easy way to update a ceiling in a camper (or home). These panels covered up some water damage after the roof was repaired.

The interior ceiling of our pop-up is a thin sheet of luan that is attached to the foam.  And although there was definitely water damage, we were able to peel away the rotted, damaged wood, but keep the rest of it in-tact.  This piece of luan is not providing any sort of structure to the roof, so after removing the nasty, I felt comfortable just covering it up.

I debated using a sheet of bead board, but in a camper that we’ll be towing with our minivan, I didn’t want to add unnecessary weight.  (Nor did I want to struggle with adhering large pieces of paneling to the ceiling, either.)

Glue up ceiling panels are an easy way to update a ceiling in a camper (or home). These panels covered up some water damage after the roof was repaired.

That’s when I found this product:  Fascade Glue-Up Ceiling Panels.  A super light-weight piece of material that can simply be glued up, and look like a painted tin ceiling?  Yes, please, let’s get this little camper looking like new again!

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Glue up ceiling panels are an easy way to update a ceiling in a camper (or home). These panels covered up some water damage after the roof was repaired.

These panels are so easy to use.  They can be cut with a pair of scissors, if that’s all you have on hand, and glued up with Loctite Power Grab Express Construction Adhesive.  Here’s a quick tip.  The company recommends using Loctite adhesive, and I would strongly agree with this. I ran out of my first tube and decided to use a different brand of adhesive that was supposedly quick grab.  Let’s just say I had ceiling panels falling on my head while a few choice words flew out of my mouth.  I had to grab another tube of Loctite adhesive before I could finish!

It’s important to follow the instructions for planning out the layout of your ceiling first.  All the instructions are provided with the product, or can be found here.

How to install ceiling panels on pop up camper or RV roof. An easy cosmetic update!

I was a tad bit short on the width of the panels, so rather than buying a few more, I decided to just put up corner moulding and a strip of thin lath.  I installed the J-trim around the perimeter of the ceiling with Loctite adhesive and finishing nails.

Glue up ceiling panels are an easy way to update a ceiling in a camper (or home). These panels covered up some water damage after the roof was repaired.

After cutting the first row to size based on the dimensions of my ceiling, I applied the panels with the adhesive and continued working until the entire surface was covered.

How to install ceiling panels on pop up camper or RV roof. An easy cosmetic update!

It was such an easy project, and it completely transformed the look of the space.  I think it looks as good as new; what do you think?

How to install ceiling panels on pop up camper or RV roof. An easy cosmetic update!

Fascade makes the same pattern of tiles, in a slightly thicker material, that can be used for backsplashes.  I’ll be sharing how I used them to update our little kitchen area soon!

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How to install ceiling panels on pop up camper or RV roof. An easy cosmetic update!

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