If you are looking to have your vehicle lined out, you will no doubt find there is a huge variety of companies offering this service. The range of pricing and quality also varies nearly as much as the number of firms out there!

Exploria knows a great quality line out is key to any conversion. Whether it is simply in making your vehicle more car like, or the start of a camper conversion. We know how to get the best possible finish which will not only look great, but last the test of time. We also know it can be hard for the untrained eye to see the difference in lines outs.

With experience, we are able to offer a whole host of line out options in a range of trims and styles to suit your requirements. Below is a full explanation of the depth we go into with an Exploria line out and what we have to offer.

What exactly goes into an Exploria line out?

We start by removing and discarding all the factory trim panels. These factory panels are thin hardboard which is weak and gives little adhesion for any glue, due to it being a painted surface. The panels also have numerous holes for the VW fixing clips, which we don’t use.

In the preparation stage, the cab is separated from the rear of the vehicle to prevent dust and dirt from entering. Relevant items in the rear of the vehicle, such as flooring, side steps and rear seat belts are either removed or protected.

Once a vehicle is stripped out we run all required wiring. This includes any additional pipework and cables for leisure battery electrics, reversing cameras, amplifiers, water systems or similar. After preparation is complete we can then move on to sound proofing and insulation.

Once the vehicle has been stripped and wired, we soundproof and insulate the rear of the vehicle. This includes the walls, doors & roof. The soundproofing and insulation is done in a two stage process, as follows:

A 1” thick, flame retardant, recon fiber is bonded to the inner skin of the vehicle. The material is similar to that used in many high end cars and also on the roof of the VW Caravelle. All accessible areas are covered. It’s this recon fiber that takes away the ‘tinny’ sound & stops your vehicle sounding like a drum. It’s not the thick areas of steel that resonate noise, but in fact the thin areas; hence the importance of soundproofing the walls, roof, doors and cab headlining.

The remaining cavity is then filled with a recycled plastic woven product to increase the soundproofing, but primarily to improve the insulation of the vehicle.

Sound proofing and insulation gives a vast reduction in road noise and drumming, prevents build up of condensation and also makes the vehicle warmer in winter and cooler through the summer.

If you are looking for that extra level of protection from road noise, there are also some additional stages you can go to if you are wanting the ultimate in quiet transportation.

Dynamatting is similar to a tar-based product, with a foil exterior which stiffens up the steel and reduces panel resonance. It’s particularly useful in difficult areas such as inside cab doors, where normal insulation can’t be used due to window mechanisms, or in areas where little depth can be lost i.e. in the cab flooring. It can also be used in other areas such as wheel arches and the rear of the vehicle, but we find the cab doors and floor the best and most cost efficient use for this product.

  • Soundproof and insulate all walls, rear doors, roof and cab headlining

    £260 +VAT
  • Dynamatting to the drivers and passengers doors

    £220 +VAT
  • Dynamatting to the cab floor

    £220 +VAT

For further info on extra soundproofing please contact us to discuss your requirements.

We ply line the vehicle to our own specific template. These are routered out on site. We use a far eastern 6mm ply wood for the sides and the roof, which is tough and durable. We can also guarantee good adhesion to this timber for when it comes to adding lining materials. The plywood is fixed in place and any joints and uneven areas are filled to leave a smooth and neat finish. All metal areas are lightly sanded to guarantee a good key for the adhesive. Once complete, all the surfaces are cleaned and then bonding of the chosen lining material can take place.

  • Ply lining to all walls and rear doors (SWB)

    £210 +VAT
  • Ply lining to all walls and rear doors (LWB)

    £240 +VAT

The predominant material used in this process is lining carpet. We can also line vehicles in various other materials such as fabric, vinyl and alcantara, amongst others. The lining material of choice needs to be carefully considered and chosen according to its intended use and practicality.

The major important factor in this process is the glue used. We use an industrial grade glue, which is specific to our application and is applied via compressed air at 60psi, unlike aerosols which are a much weaker and thinner grade of glue due to the limited pressure contained in an aerosol. The type of glue we use and the process in which it is applied means that we can cover vast areas within its permitted “going off time”. It also means that the glue is far stronger and allows us to mold materials much more easily. The greatest benefit of using our method is that in years to come, the lining material will be stuck in the same position, not draping off the walls.

The lining carpet that we use is a high quality carpet, unlike many easy to apply carpets which are exceptionally easy to mold and shape but have a limited life span and their durability is a problem. Before you decide to have your vehicle lined, be sure to have a pull of the lining material to see how durable it is and how many fibers pull out.

We have various other lining materials in stock and also supply many other converters. If you require something different we will most likely have it in stock, or can source it.

  • None stretch carpet lining to all walls and rear doors

    £490 +VAT
  • Fabric lining to all walls and rear doors

    £1250 +VAT
  • Vinyl lining to all walls and rear doors

    £450 +VAT
  • Solid Surface Strips to Walls included in Exploria Signiture Series - Estimated pricing

    £450 +VAT

We only use ‘one piece’ headlinings. This gives a much nicer look and avoids having jointing strips in the centre of the roof which are often prone to dropping down.

All our fixing points are blind and we don’t use the unsightly VW plastic plugs. We have side trim panels which allow access to run cables from front to back. The roofs are made from far eastern 6mm ply, which is reinforced to avoid twisting and buckling. The roofs we install are capable of carrying large flip down roof monitors. We normally re-mount the VW flush fitting courtesy lights back in central positions and fit flush spotlights in positions that are suitable for the conversion required. We also have LED surround light options available.

The headlining in the rear is usually trimmed in alcantara or a material to match the rest of the vehicle at the customer’s request. We prefer to do it in a contrasting material to the side walls, as it tends to give a much nicer look and a better overall finish.

  • One piece headlining in choice of fabric or alcantara

    £280 +VAT

We have invested a lot of time into researching the best and most efficient products. LEDs use a fraction of the power of other standard bulbs or lights, and they can also deliver amazing power and give the whitest of lights. We have a whole host of LED lights available, depending on your requirements and application.

We offer a range of standard fit lighting, as well as custom options. Usually our lights are switched from appropriate locations and mostly on 2 way switches.

  • Supply and fit set of 6 LED spotlights on a 2 way switch (SWB)

    £180 +VAT
  • Supply and fit set of 8 LED spotlights on a 2 way switch (LWB)

    £190 +VAT
  • Replace all internal courtesy lights with LED bulbs

    £25 +VAT
  • Supply and fit set of LED surround lights on a 2 way switch

    £210 +VAT
  • Supply and fit set of 2 LED spotlights in tailgate on a 1 way switch

    £95 +VAT
  • Supply and fit LED Flexineck reading light

    £75 +VAT

Within the Volkswagen Transporter range there are a handful of vans that have extras, such as cab sunroofs and rear air-conditioning. This can cause problems for many converters and the overall look can be disappointing when trimmed. At Exploria we have developed ways and methods to overcome these issues, ensuring that the overall look and finish is right.

Having a factory VW sunroof to the cab area means that the cab headlining goes half way into the rear of the van. Trimming half way into the back of the van aesthetically just doesn’t look right. We have a way in which we can trim all the way to the back of the cab seats. We can even trim the cab headlining and A post pillars if required.

  • The additional cost for lining a Transporter with a sunroof

    £150 +VAT

Due to the design, rear air conditioning vents in the roof are difficult to trim. The standard headlining has ducting fitted to the topside making it difficult to replace. Most converters just use the original VW headlining trim, which can look poor especially when the rest of the vehicle is nicely lined. At Exploria we replace the complete headlining with a one piece headliner, leaving a nice, neat finish. We fix the original top ducting and original vents which are set on an Alcantara finish.

  • The additional cost for lining a Transporter with rear air conditioning in panel vans / Kombi’s

    £150 +VAT

We offer a range of bulkheads to suit your needs. Some bulkheads are ‘off the shelf’ bulkheads and others are custom made. Bulkheads can be trimmed and lined to suit the rest of the vehicle so that it is in keeping with the internals, or lined specifically for the required use. Our customers have various reasons for requiring a bulkhead, some of which are listed below:

  • Keep a clean travelling area separate to the work/tool area
  • Keeping heavy items where they should be in the event of an accident
  • For mounting equipment to
  • Offering a waterproof area in the rear of the vehicle to house wet or dirty equipment
  • Custom shaped to mount specific equipment
  • Keeping pets separate in the rear
  • Removable bulkheads to offer a dual purpose vehicle
  • VW Transporter Cab Bulkhead as per factory fitted bulkhead supplied + fitting

    £160 +VAT
  • VW Transporter Kombi Metexim Bulkhead supplied + fitting

    £420 +VAT
  • Exploria removable timber and aluminium bulkhead + fitting

    £475 +VAT

Many vehicles come with a factory rubber floor mat as standard. For a lot of customers, there is no need to change this and it can simply be reinstalled after we have lined your vehicle. However, if you want to replace this, a ply floor is the best option.

When it comes to floor lining, we will only use ‘one piece’ floors made from 12mm 10” x 5” far eastern plywood. This is routed out on site to accommodate the style of each specific van and the cutouts required. The 12mm thickness gives you a strong base to fix to.

It doesn’t twist and buckle like thinner floors do, and the reason for cutting floors from such large sheets is to avoid having a join mark down the centre of the floor. These often can be seen when the floor is trimmed and are susceptible to movement. We fix the floor in strategic positions, ensuring that we don’t have lots of screw holes popping out under the chassis and, most importantly, into fuel tanks. Our screws are put into blind chassis members, so they can’t be seen and aren’t exposed to the elements.

For floor covering we predominantly use an Altro flooring material. This offers a very durable surface that can take a lot of abuse. It’s important to get it right because it can take a lot of rectifying if it is damaged, especially if it’s fitted underneath furniture or seat fixing points. We bond the altro flooring down. Once it is in place we cut it out ensuring a top quality finish, with no gaps around the edges.

The advantages of having an altro floor is that it is easy to wipe out, is waterproof, non-slip and very robust, meaning it will last for years. We do often get customers wanting a more homely feel of carpet. One solution to this is to have an edge bound carpet overlay mat. This can easily be removed for cleaning and, most importantly, can easily be thrown away and replaced when it has done its time or has been damaged. Altro floors are more expensive than that of other products due to the cost of the raw material and also the length of time involved in fitting.

  • One piece ply floor with hardwearing altro finish

    £280 +VAT

We are also able to offer altro and planked laminate floor coverings for our one piece ply floors. Pricing for alternative choices and options are available by request.

Before lining and trimming your vehicle it is worth considering how the vehicle will be used. If a vehicle is subject to a reasonable amount of water in the back, then it is often worth considering waterproofing. Some of our customers who opt for this tend to be water sports enthusiasts.

Waterproofing the perimeter of the van ensures that water isn’t allowed to get under the timber floor. This is especially important if salt water is present. It helps to reduce the chances of rust on the floor plan and also reduces the chances of bad smells arising when areas become damp.
To waterproof the perimeter of the vehicle we use fibreglass, which seals the floor to the wall and wheel arch areas. A raised step at the front of the floor stops water getting from the rear of the van onto the cab floor area.

  • Perimeter floor waterproofing costs

    £210 +VAT

Full waterproof linings are available if required. We use various materials from GRP to sprayed rubber linings. Please contact us for further details.

As part of a line out there are a number of additional items, you may want to consider. Let us know what you have in mind and we can help and advise on what is worth considering while lining out your vehicle. Popular items include:

  • Additional sockets
  • Extra storage pockets
  • Rear speakers
  • Window tinting
  • Cargo nets
  • Additional load security systems

Exploria works on an itemised quotation basis for our line outs.

Please get in contact for some pricing info. We will ask you the following questions on your base vehicle so we can tailor the quotation to you specifically:

  • Short or long wheelbase
  • T5.1, T6 or T6.1
  • Panel van or Kombi
    • If a panel van, does it have a fixed bulkhead?
  • Single front or double front passenger seat
  • Tailgate or twin rear doors
  •  Single or twin side loading doors
  • 2 or 4 wheel drive.
  • Do you have any of the following factory optional extras?:
    • Leisure battery
    • Sunroof
    • Rear heater
    • Rear air conditioning with roof vents.

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If you have a specific idea and want to bring it to life, why not speak to our team to discuss all your conversion needs?
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