When we refitted the interior
of Spirit of Sobraon we had to cope with the same problem. We striped nearly 30 years of bad ideas and old technology out of the boat leaving a lot of holes and scars in the interior
timber work .
We found trying to match grain with timber veneer was very difficult and the results were not very satisfactory.
We developed a number of different techniques to overcome the damaged areas and give the appearance that noting was a cover up.
The size of the damage dictated the technique we used. In the main Saloon
bulkhead we had large holes where an old 8 track stereo had been threw mounted and numerous other holes where pictures, mirrors and other things had been hung.
The holes were patched and faired level with ply and epoxy
. Then we cut a piece of laminex (formica) to cover the area and framed it with timber to make it look like an original fit. On smaller areas we sliced solid timber that matched the veneer type about 1/8th" thick to glue over the patch. These areas tend to look like they are there for a reason and no one has ever commented on them.
Below is a photo
of the laminex panels on the saloon
bulkhead. We pained the deckhead and cabin
panel to match and the end result is a lighter colored interior that doesn't show any of the old damage.
Think outside the square to make the repair look like it is supposed to be there. A repair that tries to match normally always looks like a repair.
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