Looking for feedback on how specific types of vinyl headliner
by known manufacturers have performed.
My 1986 Jonmeri 40 has 37 molded FRP headliner panels
, snap in and out of aluminum
tracking attached to the ceiling and grooves set into the teak
cabinetry. Just four years ago I replaced the original (European-made) vinyl and foam with Nautolex lite over 6mm automotive-grade foam. That original 24-yr-old vinyl was in very good condition except had picked up a pinkish hue. The Nautolex vinyl was originally parchment white. From the start, in the tropics, black mold
spots were a problem. This "marine-grade" vinyl proved unable to stand up to any type of dirt or stain. Within 2 years the white had turned to mustard-y yellow. At this point even bleach, microfiber sponges, and GooGone can't touch the mold
and stains in the fabric
The foam has held up perfectly, same with the adhesive
. Still, I am looking at stripping everything off and applying new vinyl headliner material. Before purchasing
half-way around the world, I would like to gain some level of confidence that I won't experience the same problems. As of now I'm looking at these two options:
1 - Morbern is now manufacturing a new headliner material for Sailrite
(so new it's not even on the web site yet, but is in stock) - made from the Seabrook line of vinyl with flame-laminated foam. Does anyone have experience with the Seabrook vinyl?
2 - Defender's headliners are manufactured by Bainbridge. I suspect there are many boats out there with some years of experience with this line. Stands up to mold? Easy to clean? Perforated or smooth finish?
Re any pre-laminated vinyl -- does the foam stay where it's supposed to, especially if used year-round in the tropics?
Comments on the brands above or others will be greatly appreciated.