Originally Posted by Catsoon
Hi there- we recently bought a 1995 FP Athena and love a lot about the boat. The only thing that drives us crazy is the funky grey felt fabric
hull liner that is showing its age and looking fairly ghetto.
Has anyone ever replaced these types of hull liners? any advice or experience on how to do it? where to find the fabric/liner? how to do it cost effectively but have a nice end product?
I'm not sure even what type of marine service
company would tackle this kind of project. The boat yards i've talked to won't do it.
Thanks for any insight! we're excited to be in a multihull!
I have removed hull liner from another make of boat and it's a nasty job, as Ocean Girl explained. Some of the adhesive
removers can overwhelm you with vapors and potentially create an explosive atmosphere. They might also affect your skin and internal organs for the worse, so use appropriate safety
Step 1 was mechanical removal
of the material. If the adhesive is too strong to take it off in large pieces you may need to "help" it by shoving a scraper blade as you peel.
Another approach to help release the adhesive is to convert it to something else -- I had great success removing vinyl stripes and lettering with "3M Woodgrain and Stripe Adhesive Remover, 08908". It's expensive but it will save labor because it converts the underlying adhesive to a non-sticky slime that cleans up relatively easily. It should work on the "mouse fur" felt you described. It might not penetrate through to the adhesive of foam-backed vinyl but it would be useful on stage-2 removal
of the gum after you physically remove the foam-backed material. You can get it online or through local auto-finish suppliers. It's expensive so try it first then buy cheaper by the case if it's the right approach for your situation.
The 3M General Purpose Adhesive Remover was a great stage-2 after using the Woodgrain and Stripe Adhesive Remover. Very volatile stuff.
Another great adhesive remover is WD-40, and it's nowhere near as volatile or expensive as the 3M stuff, and is good for initial removal when you have gobs of adhesive but it will leave a coating which will need to be further removed by purer solvents. You can buy it by the gallon -- I paid $13 at Home Depot.