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Old 24-02-2014, 12:09   #1
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peeling bathroom walls

We recently purchases a 45' hunter and the bathroom walls are peeling. It looks like the previous owner tried sheet rocking and "mudding" one of the walls. BAD IDEA! We want to take it all down and do it right. I have no idea what I am looking for. It's a very thin white material, thinner than formica.
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Old 24-02-2014, 12:25   #2
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Your boat doesn't have bathroom.
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Old 24-02-2014, 12:29   #3
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sorry "head". Still trying to get used to boat terminology. haha
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Old 24-02-2014, 13:02   #4
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Re: peeling bathroom walls

Don't know what Hunter used but there are different thicknesses of laminates/formica. The stuff they put on a backing meant for vertical surfaces is micro thin. Have kitchen cabinets with this stuff and the underlying chip board has printed through after a number of years in our humid climate. If it's that garbage, good luck in fixing it. Replacement was the only solution for my cabinet doors.

Find out what the underlying supporting material is and go from there. Doubt that Hunter would use a chip board underlayment but need to check. If it's plywood, a coating of resin sanded smooth and then painted might be the answer.
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sorry "head". Still trying to get used to boat terminology. haha
Sorry, no walls either, bulkheads is the term you were looking for.

Being from on the other side of the pond, I had to google sheet rock and mudding, so I think you are referring to what we call plaster board with a skim of finishing plaster on top.
This I think is really unusual on a boat, I've never seen or heard of this being used.
What year build is the boat?
Have you tried contacting the builder for info on the original material.

Only one bulkhead treated this way, are the others still original, some pics might be helpful
First port of call would be call the builders.

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There are lots of plastic sheet products out there, not sure what Hunter used. I personally like this foamed PVC sheet:

https://www.tapplastics.com/product/...pvc_sheets/342

Easy to work with, light, and pretty much impervious. Easy to clean. However, the thinnest is about 1/8" (3mm) and, if you're trying to match existing it's probably not what Hunter used.
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Re: peeling bathroom walls

I hope someone didnt sheet rock it! arghh. There is a stock type of plywood with a thin white facing, not near as thick as Formica. Maybe they did the bulkheads or other verticals with that?
How bad is it coming off? Something you could just put new covering over? I did the head in Satin White Formica on my 30 footer... it turned out excellent but formica is a bitch to work with and very crack prone.
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Wonder if its painted veeneer
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Sheetrock and plaster have no place on a boat... anywhere. EVER. If it is sheetrock/gyprock remove it all. Get some thin 1/4" particle board, aka pressed "wood" and carefully fit it by sawing, shaving, then sanding it, in parts if you must. Its very easy to shape. Then get some wood veneered plywood, maybe teak, and, using the original template and a flush-cutting router bit, reproduce the template in the teak. (or whichever wood you choose.) You will produce a smooth edged duplicate of the template. We looked at a Hunter 45 here in Vancouver a while ago, nice boat. Good luck.
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Re: peeling bathroom walls

There is nobody who has ever owned a sailboat that has ever used sheetrock and mud in any area of it. Not even the Flyin' Hawaiian. Anybody who may have been that stupid has definitely been erased from humanity due to doing something even stupider years before. The OP has simply misunderstood what he sees. He may have an equally large problem with whatever is happening, but it is definitely not sheetrock and spackle.

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