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Old 25-09-2011, 17:25   #1
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Ceiling Material

We have a 40 ft Cheoy Lee. The V berth ceiling (where our guests stay) is currently covered with Refectrix (sic). It's very utiiitarian as far as insulation and condensation goes, but it's not an attractive material for our guests to stare at as they go to sleep. Any simplesuggestions about what I can cover the ceiling with to make it more attractive?
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Old 25-09-2011, 17:28   #2
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Re: Ceiling Material

Probably get a much better reflection with a large mirror.
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Re: Ceiling Material

I'm partial to oiled cedar. I rip 2x4s into 1/4 inch thick strips, edge them and sand them then screw in place. I leave the screw heads flush, then oil the wood. It's a soft wood so won't take much abrasion but it looks nice.
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I have foamed PVC sheet for the headliner in our boat, really like it. Matte white finish, easy to clean, pretty rigid. Comes in 4' x 8' sheets (some places may have larger), so if your joints work within those dimensions... I use the 1/8" thick, but comes thicker, depends on you span.

On the west coast you can get it here:

Tap Plastics

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Acme Plastics

But I think it is pretty common, used a lot for signs. Also comes in other colors if that interests you.
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Re: Ceiling Material

I like using a short nap indoor outdoor carpet you can get beige or off white its pretty mold free and sound deadning
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I used FRG panels from home depot. About $22 a sheet. Trimed the overhead with varnished Stika spruce and left the screws exposed. Bright and easy to install, cut with table saw or skill saw.
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Re: Ceiling Material

the spruce or cedar is very nice, but of course alot more work than a carpet product. makes a classy look though.
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Old 25-09-2011, 19:53   #8
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The head in our boat had vinyl as the headliner. Yuck-vinyl covered shower walls! I used a PVC beadboard product from an home improvement store. It comes in 9 inch wide planks in either 35 inches or 6 foot lengths. The panels have grooves to link together. They can be made to fit curves pretty easily. Having them in plank form makes them very easy to work with as opposed to large panels and they can expand and shrink as needed at the seams. I have only had them installed for about 2 years but have been satisfied with them as a solution.

They rest of the headliner I removed the foam backed vinyl from the marine-grade plywood and recovered them with an industrial vinyl wall covering. It was a quick and inexpensive fix to the moldy vinyl that was there and seems to be easy to wipe down.

good luck with your project and post your "after" photos!
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Re: Ceiling Material

I like foam backed vinyl...did my whole boat with it...stapled it to pieces of 6mm thick ply then fit to ceiling stringers with Velcro.
Easy on and off..you can have a little fun with some design details by having more/smaller panels. I did this in my raised saloon and I think its a nice effect.
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My cat had foam backed vinyl, beware..... in hot climates the foam backing turns to foam dust in about 7 years! sticking to the board and coming free from the vinyl. What a mess to replace... it got into everything! Your pics look very nice though..... if you insulated hopefully yours will last longer. Those bead board strips look quite nice....
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James,

Your headliner, like the rest of your vessel, looks flawless! Glad you shared more photos!

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Thank Deborah...Flawless its not...I only post the flattering pictures
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"Overhead material"...sorry about being persnickety.
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Re: Ceiling Material

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Do you have a brand and source for the PVC beadboard you used?
It looks great!
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slacker, Thanks! I purchased it at Lowes. Their website is down right now and I do not remember the manufacturer. I will try to find and post it tomorrow.

James, I have a funny feeling that I could drool over your "un-edited" photos too.

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