Hey friends, it has been a lovely and productive spring season for us here at Milky Way Shakes. We’ve been busy transforming our trailer from a construction site into a test kitchen and have made significant progress since our last update. With a fresh coat of weatherized paint on our roof, a sleek new ceiling and air vent, and a brand new water pump, our shake space is now ready for our kitchen equipment to move in.
The trailer we bought came with many roof problems, among them a leaky roof and water damaged ceiling. We spent a lot of time this spring correcting these issues, and we’re happy to say the trailer has weathered Texas’s May storms wonderfully. We started repairs by painting the roof with a thick, rubberized paint designed for metal roofs.
We also had a large hole in the ceiling to address, formerly the site of a broken A/C unit.
Our carpenter friend, Rob, helped us build this vent cover to fit perfectly in our ceiling, over the screen and air vent we installed, which we needed in order to pass inspection.
After the roof was fixed, we had some ceiling damage to repair, which we addressed by replacing the ceiling with sheets of fiberglass-reinforced plastic, or FRP. FRP is a durable, cleanable surface material approved by the health department and often used inside food trailers. We installed it panel by panel to fit with the curve of our ceiling. Here’s another before and after:
Rachel installing panels around the vent hole:
Our finished ceiling:
With the completion of our ceiling, we’re proud to say construction on Milky Way Shakes is complete! Stay tuned next week for some updates from our test kitchen.
R + M