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Old 15-03-2014, 16:02   #1
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New ideas for replacing headliner?

We are about to replace the headliner in our 48' Aluminum Ketch. Currently they are plywood wrapped in gross vinyl. I'm thinking of using laminate. Any suggestions?

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Old 15-03-2014, 16:25   #2
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Re: New ideas for replacing headliner?

PVC sheets, sign making material. I am using 1/8 thick stuff from Harbor Sales. about $22 for 4 x 8 sheet mat finish, easy to clean...

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Re: New ideas for replacing headliner?

We used FRP(fiberglass reinforced panel) same as they use in rest rooms or kitchens. Bought at Home Depot ( $32 per 4x8 sheet approx 1/8 thick). Easy to cut and shape with jig saw and a coarse file or belt sander. Attached is a photo showing over head and trunk interior wall surfaces. If you present panel fit well you can use them as patterns for new panels. Our panels are attached to the overhead with out glue, just small SS wood screws and washers. Good luck on your project. Our boat is a steelie Click image for larger version

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Re: New ideas for replacing headliner?

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PVC sheets, sign making material. I am using 1/8 thick stuff from Harbor Sales. about $22 for 4 x 8 sheet mat finish, easy to clean...
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I love this stuff, have had it on the headliner for ~15 years. Really easy to work with, easy to clean, light, closed cell so it won't absorb water. Also easy to take it back down if you need to get at bolts/wires/whatever behind the headliner.

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Old 15-03-2014, 20:14   #5
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Re: New ideas for replacing headliner?

I just installed a PVC beadboard. You can get it at HD, but I got mine on line here:

PVC Beadboard Wainscoting | Shop for PVC Beadboard Planks and PVC Beadboard Sheets at AICMillworks.com!

Does not need to be painted. Looks like planks. No long term experience though.
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We just finished putting up our panels for the ceiling. We used PVC bead board from Lowe's.
First we put up fitting strips, then we glued 1/2 inch foam backed with aluminum foil. Then we screwed up panels. Last we put finish strips across the bead board using brass screws with finishing washers.
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Re: New ideas for replacing headliner?

We are about to put up .25'' cork. Flexible, light, insulating, easy to work, supposedly flame resistant (i want to test this) and no toxic off gassing of pvc. Comes in rolls at Home Depot. Plan is to epoxy Velcro strips to the fiberglass hull and to the back of the cork. This will make easily removable panels. Will soon find out how well this idea works in practice...

Only thing I still need ideas for is how to trim the joints between panels. Thinking about wood strips but the compound angles will be a bugger.

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Re: New ideas for replacing headliner?

One of nicest looking headliners I ever put up was in a Maple Leaf 50. It consisted of matte white Formica over 1/4" exterior Baltic birch plywood. Everything was easily removable, with carefully placed teak battens covering the seams, and as few bronze flat-head screws as was practicable.

Give some attention to insulation, while the headliner's down. And re-bedding deck hardware.
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