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Old 24-04-2011, 16:36   #1
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Headliner Opportunity

Has anyone out there found a great solution in a replacement for old, rotting and certainly molded out headliner boards. The original plywood covered in fuzz and "leather" has finally left the ceiling and we are looking for the next best thing. Thus far i have imagined thinner hardwood ply generously coated in penetrating epoxy which the admiral would then like to cover in mold resistant hemp fabric to attain the textured look... Thoughts or concerns with such logic, we would love to hear any ingenious solutions to soggy, saggy, headlinerrea.
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Old 24-04-2011, 16:44   #2
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Re: Headliner Opportunity

I like yellow cedar 1/4 x 3 T@G. It finishes to a lovely honey colour and really brightens the interior.
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Old 24-04-2011, 16:59   #3
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Re: Headliner Opportunity

at the moment im replacing all my soggy headliners,damaged due to condensation during the winter,with moulded,gelcoated,laminated fiberglass panels, has high finish,easy to clean and 100% water resistant,using the old panels as templates.

cheap,light and apart from the odd clean and polish zero maintance in the future.
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Old 24-04-2011, 19:15   #4
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Re: Headliner Opportunity

Another option to consider: The boat we just bought had some leaks that rotted the interior wood. A yacht carpenter recommended using white Kometex as a replacement. It's essentially white pvc formed into a 4x8 sheet. Easy to work with, not too expensive, looks great, and really brightened up the interior. He glued it into place with 5200, but screws would work just as well. They sell the stuff at sign shops or on-line.
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Re: Headliner Opportunity

I saw pictures of lining on a Formosa 51 using a 2" white 'plastic' clip together planking from Home Depot. It looked fantastic.
Replacement is relatively easy where the surfaces are fairly straight and flat.
In a lot of USA built boats they seem to have used a padded vinyl product and when it's old and stained looks shocking.
Strikes me that trying to replace it with more rigid panelling would be pretty damn difficult... compound corners and rounded everything...
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Re: Headliner Opportunity

I used white laminated fiberglass panels from Home Depot trimmed in varnished clear sitka spruce. $20 a 4x 8 sheet. Link below has pictures of the boat, some of which are of the headliner.

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Re: Headliner Opportunity

I would also recommend that you don't just replace the headliner but add a layer of insulation to the ceiling. It will greatly cut down on the condensation.
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I used white laminated fiberglass panels from Home Depot trimmed in varnished clear sitka spruce. $20 a 4x 8 sheet. Link below has pictures of the boat, some of which are of the headliner.

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Hope this one works.
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Much better. Thanks!

That does look like a pretty nice liner.

Nice boat too!
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Cork seems like a pretty simple fix. I know boatman posted a picture of an Iroquois with a cork ceiling awhile back, and I thought it looked terrific.
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We used laminate panel which is 2.7mm thick and comes in 8x4 sheet,you can get all types of edges,boarders and joiners.Very eazy to clean and will not rot.
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Re: Headliner Opportunity

I also used FLP, fiberglass laminated panels, avail in HD or any lumberyard, comes in white or Beige. Remove your old trace on the FPL and you can cut with large aluminum shears. I scewed mine back up in same holes wf new ss screws wf small cabinet washers, and trimmed in 1" wide mahogany.It really britens up the space. tred
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