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Old 12-05-2016, 21:44   #1
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Anything but headliner

On my 80s Beneteau we suffered from the expected sagging headliner and went throughout the boat replacing the foam and headliner everywhere, except for the head. Since this area is going to be exposed to a lot of moisure I was thinking of painting it with something and calling it a day. Unlike a berth, the head doesn't need to be insulated right?

My question is, what type of paint should I use? Do I primer? Should I fair it first to fill in the weave (maybe an aesthetic question)? Open to suggestions. Thank you!


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Re: Anything but headliner

In the highly humid area of the head/shower, I'd use a 2 pack polyurethane paint, despite all the hassles that go with it.


I'd suggest some fairing would be better aesthetically, and getting the paint "de-glossed" and rolling on with a small foam roller would produce a decent result.


Reducing the gloss will hide small imperfections better than full gloss would. Replace foam rollers fairly frequently, as the paint tends to dissolve them which can result in lumps of foam in the finish.
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On my 80s Beneteau we suffered from the expected sagging headliner and went throughout the boat replacing the foam and headliner everywhere, except for the head. Since this area is going to be exposed to a lot of moisure I was thinking of painting it with something and calling it a day. Unlike a berth, the head doesn't need to be insulated right?

My question is, what type of paint should I use? Do I primer? Should I fair it first to fill in the weave (maybe an aesthetic question)? Open to suggestions. Thank you!


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I used Monopoxy to cover some of the surfaces in our forward head (First 42) several years ago to good advantage. Ensure you completely remove the adhesive from the old liner and rough sand the underlying surface before applying a primer as recommended by the Users Guide for the Monopoxy. Then roll on the paint (with a fairly thick roller to reach into the little nooks and crannies) and tip. The resulting slightly textured appearance is not unappealing. Monopoxy can be tinted if you so desire and it has proven quite durable. I have even used it to resurface a sink that was badly stained and it has held up well so long as one doesn't use any scouring cleansers on it. It will take 24 to 36 hours for the material to cure thoroughly. Vent the space through the overhead hatch. If you're worried about inclement weather, cover the opened hatch with an up-turned bucket.

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Re: Anything but headliner

Thanj you both for the input. I was in a bit of a rush today and decided to paint with white bilge coat, thinking it should be pretty durable and should stick to things pretty nicely

I got the white variety and applied it with a small roller brush. I'll put on another coat tomortow but so far it is light years better than what it was before. If I had time I would probably fair it with bondo underneath, maybe next time! Photos tomorrow..


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