Shipping Container: Installing Panels on the End Walls

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Installing Panels on the End Walls

The End wall of the shipping container is a two step processs and is insulated with End Wall Inserts either the UX 2.0 or EX 2.5 flat panel. These panels are 48″ x 24″ and are installed on end wall.

Install either the UX 2.0 or EXi 2.5 Panels

UX 2.0 Panels

2″ thick  of closed-cell, injection-molded EPS foam body achieves R-8.5 insulation

EXi 2.5 Panels

2 1/2″ thick of closed-cell, injection-molded EPS foam body achieves R-10 insulation.

Loctite PL Premium 3x Adhesive

PL Premium 3X Adhesive

  • 1 large 28-fl oz / 828 mL tube = 18 (24″ studs or inserts)
    • End wall Inserts 20
    • UX 2.0 (8 panels with 3 studs each) = 24
    • 20 + 24 = 44
    • 44 ÷ 18 = 2 1/2 tubes of the adhesive

On the end wall or nose of a container you will need 2 1/2 tubes of the adhesive to apply the inserts and panels.  Run a bead of Loctite PL Premium 3x along the length of the insert and press into the corrugated space of the shipping container’s wall.


Start with a continuous bead of spray foam or adhesive along the bottom of the end wall of the container. Next lay a bead of adhesive in an “S” pattern down the center of the backside of the End Wall Insert. Set the inserts into the lower half of the end wall corrugations. Once in place seal the top of the insert with a bead of spray foam. Continue to cut, fit and glue all the insert into the end wall. Spray foam and seal all your work.

Add a bead of PL Premium 3x along the corner where the first row of panels meet the corner of the container.

We recommend installing panels standing on end with the embedded studs running perpendicular to a shipping containers corrugated ribs. The goal is to provide as much contact between the studs and steel in order to maximize the holding power of the studs.

You may want to trim the end of the UX or EX panel to “move” the stud down closer to the floor allowing baseboard to be attached. On the back of the panel, run a 3/8″ bead of adhesive along dove-tailed ribbing of each stud.

For a standard 8’ high container, the panels can be installed in a stacked method or a running bond pattern. The running bond pattern works better to eliminate waste on a 9’ high container. Use the cut off end of the top panel to start the next column.

Seal the gaps at the tops and edges of the corners with spray foam.

We do not recommend installing UX 2.0 or EX 2.5 panels without the Inserts. The Inserts are needed to prevent convective looping behind the wall. If the end wall inserts are not used, seal the corrugation with spray foam at every 4’ height horizontally to minimize the convective loop.

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