Post by universalexports on Oct 7, 2012 11:12:59 GMT -5
is there a mechanical reason you need to use twist nails? I am ready to install some birtch pieces and I can find the twisty nails anywhere locally, as well a nail with a smaller head I thing would be less noticeable. Is there a purpose behind the twisty nails?
I suppose they won't back out as easily. For the flat head nails that are behind the trim pieces I used 11/16 carpet nails that I found ad home depot. For the exposed nails I used 7/8 twist nails that I also found at home depot. The carpet nails hold the 1/8 birch well enough that if you try to remove them you'll likely wreck the plywood. I thought schweetcruisers method of using staples was good but I didn't have a gun and didn't want to buy one.
I have always used 3/4" finishing nails and a nail gun. Set the air pressure where the nail gets sunk just below the first layer of veneer of the 1/4" plywood. Then I use a color matched putty and fill in the nail hole. I have never had any paneling pull loose and out trailers have traveled from North Carolina to Connecticut and North Carolina to Key West Florida.