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Old 10-02-2015, 17:22   #1
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Monkey Fur removal and Repaint advice

Hello, we have monkey fur on our new boat and the Admiral hates it.
I understand it is good as it wicks moisture before it has a chance to mold up but she wants it gone gone gone. She has experimented with a small area where our TV will go and was able to easily wirebrush off all the old adhesive and clean it up and prep it. She wants to paint the area with Behr premium plus acrylic high hiding primer and sealer in one for interior use. She read some people have had good results with this or Valspar.
Any help or reccomendations would be greatly appreciated on the best paint to use for the interior , or will be be fighting constant mold if we paint? and subsequent issues? Anyone with experience on this as there are several boats with the same concerns I am sure. Also if we wanted to paint over some of the wood veneer covered panels what would be best?
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Re: Monkley Fur removal and Repaint advice

We removed the monkey fur in our boat, cleaned the adhesive and primed and painted with a high quality acrylic semi-gloss outdoor paint. The paint has some mold inhibitors in the paint. We have spent the last 2 years with the boat in the Abacos with no problems. We find it is much easier to wipe down and keep clean.
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Re: Monkey Fur removal and Repaint advice

You may find that the "monkey fur" is hiding a very rough unfinished surface and you may find it is hiding wires to interior lights. It also helps to absorb sound and quiet the interior.

But, it's your boat so it's up to you.


BTW: I have found that when folks buy a new or new to them boat they (and this includes me) get all sorts of ideas of how to change this, remove that, add something else, etc. I found it better to live with the boat pretty much as is for a few months just to see if these modifications still seem like a good idea. Sometimes they do not.
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BTW: I have found that when folks buy a new or new to them boat they (and this includes me) get all sorts of ideas of how to change this, remove that, add something else, etc. I found it better to live with the boat pretty much as is for a few months just to see if these modifications still seem like a good idea. Sometimes they do not.
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Re: Monkey Fur removal and Repaint advice

I hate monkey fur. Our boat is covered stem to stern from deck to hull joint down to about the waterline. My boat manufacturer put on the fur when the gel coat was not totaly cured, standard practice. So ours is good and stuck. I had all sorts of designs to remove and paint insulate and lay wood slats over, but the plans went by the way side. So I scrubbed the fur in a heavy solution of simple green then a light watered down solution of tide with bleach. We are cruising now and I don't even notice the fur.
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Re: Monkey Fur removal and Repaint advice

Cultural issue (I'm a brit) - What is monkey fur? In my cycle racing days the lads called heo hair on their legs and arms monkey fur but that is the only ref I have. (if you ever wondered it is not shaved to make you more aerodynamic. it is to reduce the pain of removing adhesive dressings after you fall off!)
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Why don't these Brits learn to speak English😄?


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Monkey fur is extremely short pile carpet.

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Thanks, carpet on the walls,how very 70's. I see why you want to change it
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Thanks, carpet on the walls,how very 70's. I see why you want to change it
It's quick and economical way for a boat manufacturer to finish the back side of a fiberglass structure. Removing it may open a large can of worms. Or not, but you have to remove it to find out. My previous boat had the wires for the lights under the "monkey fur". Removing the monkey fur would have left me with no way to cover the wires.
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I also does a great job of preventing condensation when it is cold outside. I would not want to remove it without replacing it with something that does the same thing.

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You could always put wood slats over it

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You may find that the "monkey fur" is hiding a very rough unfinished surface and you may find it is hiding wires to interior lights. It also helps to absorb sound and quiet the interior.

But, it's your boat so it's up to you.


BTW: I have found that when folks buy a new or new to them boat they (and this includes me) get all sorts of ideas of how to change this, remove that, add something else, etc. I found it better to live with the boat pretty much as is for a few months just to see if these modifications still seem like a good idea. Sometimes they do not.
Yeah... I would expect to see many uneven rough surfaces... this is a big job to do the whole boat, you will probably need to fill and fair with some kind of "bondo" like product, a lot of sanding, dust etc....
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Re: Monkey Fur removal and Repaint advice

My wife and I lived aboard a 26' sailboat for a number of years. the "monkey fur"was in bad shape when we moved aboard. Alcohol, not rum, removed the fur but did indeed leave a rough surface. A quality exterior latex paint covered the surface well. It left a textured surface that was easy to clean and resisted mildew.
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