I'm not in a position to post a picture of the stuff I'm talking about but I suspect most of you know what I'm referring to. The Herreshoff Eagle I'm restoring has some nice real wood below but it also has the fake wood grain veneer in a number of spots. No offense to anyone who has that stuff and I know it's in a ton of boats, but I've never cared for it. My recently deceased father in law had it in two new Pearson
365's back in the late 70's and early 80's and I never understood the heavy use of this material in what I thought of as a really nice boats otherwise.
If I rough this stuff up and prime then paint
will it probably hold a finish? If so I think I'll paint
it white, which in a small cabin
might seem to open it up more as well. If not I'm tempted to just make new ones I can paint.