Our "new to us boat" a 1979 CSY
Walkover, (which was mechanically refurbished by the last owners who had to move up to a larger boat due to family
additions), desperately needs some aesthetic salon
remodeling. Wood grain (Walnut to be specific) Formica was apparently very popular for use in boats of a 1979 vintage. While it is amazingly tough, rot
and insect resistant, it is by nature, very dark. The admiral is not a fan. I'm considering removing the entire port settee side and installing a couple of zero clearance semi recliners with a small table in between. The bulk of the other surfaces I have considered painting with Rustoleum countertop paint
which seems to be pretty tough once cured and comes in a light tan that very nearly matches the overhead fiberglass
finish. I recently tested painting the two largest bulkheads with white "Plasti-Dip" which went on easily and drastically brightened up the salon
in the short term. I'm concerned it's vulnerability to be scratched off will limit its lifespan.
I'm looking for some advice on.....
A) removing vs resurfacing and any experience anyone has with either;
B) experience with the installation
of chairs as described and;
C) DIY vs hiring it out either in whole or in part.
As for DIY, I'm experienced with residential remodeling but detailed joinery and carpentry was never my strong suit....I'm more of a framer/wiring/plumbing/drywall guy. If I had to trim things out I tended to use block styles without a lot of miter joints.
SV KITTY HAWK