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Old 18-04-2007, 15:57   #1
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cabin exposed fiberglass...

Hey all,

there are some areas on my first 38 that the previous owner just rip out the interior material on some areas (by material I mean anything used to cover the fiberglass (except wood), like vinyl, leather, carpet, anything), for example the V-berth top is all fiberglass exposed. in the aft cabin also the starboard side is fiberglass exposed and the port cabin also, I am looking for the simplest way to cover these areas, excluding just painting them, is there any fabric people have used with good results? apologies if my English is not perfect

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I am looking for the simplest way to cover these areas, excluding just painting them, is there any fabric people have used with good results? apologies if my English is not perfect
I've seen it covered with a textured paint so it looks like a textured surface but you don't see it as fiberglass. Glued fabric I have seen but if it ever has a problem it is a terrible mess to deal remove. Fabric can be a place where Mildew can grow so it's not a good choice I think. Anything that can hold moisture can also hold mildew so even mildew resistant fabrics can still get it. You really need a surface material you can clean.
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Danny--

Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Send me a PM and I'll share our info on the subject. It's too lengthy for the board.

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There are numerous glue-on marine fabrics (often called “Hull Liner”), more often used on power boats than sailboats.
For instance:
Marine Vinyl and Fabric - Gary's Upholstery Supplies
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We are progressivle replacing sagging vinyl with hull liner. So fare we like it fine. Looks like carpet but not as heavy as there is no backing. Contruction is more like a light felt.

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Old 19-04-2007, 15:19   #7
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We are progressivle replacing sagging vinyl with hull liner. So fare we like it fine. Looks like carpet but not as heavy as there is no backing. Contruction is more like a light felt.

George
something like this is what I am looking for, any comments on the mildew resistance? as quoted on the thread..

Thanks a lot guys for the help

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My choice would be to get hold of fairing compound (it is like the stuff that they use to fill dents in car bodies, only specifically for marine use). You apply a screed of fairing compoung slightly thicker than you want your finished surface to be, then sand it back to the desired level, then paint. Your local fibreglass supply shop will be able to give you all the details & advice
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Danny--

I just checked and made some changes. It should work now.

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s/v HyLyte,


Thanks a lot the info was perfect and dead on what I needed,

truly appreciated,

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Danny, something else that you ma either like or hate is pickup truck bed liner. Usually sold by the gallon or five-gallon bucket, it forms a heavy plastic coating which is weather resistant and tuff but smoother to the flesh than bare fiberglass. Often has ground rubber bits in it as an option in increase texture and traction, which might also hide a lot of imperfections. And, it should add some sound dampening.

Any material which has texture or pores or can absorb water, can be a good home for mildew. The best way to stay mildew-free is to throoughly clean the boat (with something like dilute bleach solution) and then add ventilation to keep it mildew-free. The solar vents are a great way to do this, mildew will not grow if you can keep up an airflow--and simple unpowered vents often are just not enough.
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I did all of my exterior f'glass bulkheads 14 years ago using contact cement to glue a fair grade of olefin carpeting. There has never been a mildew problem and the boat has been in very different climates. Actually I was thinking maybe I should replace the carpeting but when I cleaned it using an over-the-counter carpet cleaner it looked like new so I decided to leave it alone.
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My choice would be to get hold of fairing compound (it is like the stuff that they use to fill dents in car bodies, only specifically for marine use). You apply a screed of fairing compoung slightly thicker than you want your finished surface to be, then sand it back to the desired level, then paint. Your local fibreglass supply shop will be able to give you all the details & advice
Sound's easy when you say it fast.

Don't forget to sand the glass and clean thoroughly before bogging, or it could fall out later making an even bigger mess.

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Hey all,

there are some areas on my first 38 that the previous owner just rip out the interior material on some areas (by material I mean anything used to cover the fiberglass (except wood), like vinyl, leather, carpet, anything), for example the V-berth top is all fiberglass exposed. in the aft cabin also the starboard side is fiberglass exposed and the port cabin also, I am looking for the simplest way to cover these areas, excluding just painting them, is there any fabric people have used with good results?

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Yo Danny,

why not replace it using the original method Beneteau employed--sheet vinyl with a thin foam underlayment? Lasted for years, provides insulation, cheap, easy to clean, looks great...

best, andy
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