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Old 10-02-2013, 05:52   #1
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Sink area in head

I want to make this look better, but at a loss as what I can do. Paint? I can do that, but what paint? A covering, like linoleum? Peel and stick? Would like something that would last a couple years. I have to note, that sometimes I have standing water in the extreme right corner, which I am quick to dry up.

Just looking for ideas.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:28   #2
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Re: Sink area in head

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Try something like this??? Laminate sheet 24x48 home depot $20

24 in. x 48 in. Laminate Sheet in Breccia Nouvelle-4948K-52-24x048-Breccia Nouvelle at The Home Depot
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Re: Sink area in head

If it's not too much work to remove sink and faucets, formica will do the trick.
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Something I did to brighten up a bulkhead might appeal...
found a piece of nicely patterned cheesecloth and epoxy'd it on... base coat to adher, 2nd to soak... sand and 3rd to finish..
anything absorbant would work.. or tile it...
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Re: Sink area in head

Your best bet is to rebuild it using new laminite sheeting from Home Depot. The cost wouldn't be to bad, but the work involved might be.

In order to do it right, you would need to get the old top, with the old laminite out. That meens removing the sink, faucet, trim, and then top that is probably glued in well. During the removal you can expect to destroy some of the structure, which means you will need to rebuild that also. Once everything is out, you might get away as easy as simply gluing new laminite to old top, then using a small trim router, cut the new top to fit. It sound hard but it is easy, you may need to google making a laminate top. It also requires a few tools that you may not have. Home Depot also has those, and may have them to rent.

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Re: Sink area in head

If the current laminate is securely adhesed to its base, why not just laminate a new piece over the old, and then hide the gap around the perimeter with small diameter quarter round trim? I wouldn't think the whole job would take more than a couple of hours.

No need to remove existing trim.
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Re: Sink area in head

I agree with a laminate. A horizontal area like that gets too much wear for paint to hold up. Use poster board to make an exact template for cutting the new piece. I would not bother to remove the old laminate unless it has delaminated from its base.

You want to remove the sink and fawcett so you can place the lip of the sink and fawcett over the new piece, otherwise you will have an ugly dirt trap that is difficult to clean. Fill in the edges with white bathroom caulk....just enough to fill in the gap to keep the dirt and water out, not enough so that there is an ugly raised buildup.
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Re: Sink area in head

Good advice but your on the hook and doubtfully carrying a drill, jigsaw and skillsaw to complete a job of this type. If your still at kw, on stock island behind hogfish there's a friendly chap with a wood shop that would cut a countertop using your old one as a pattern.
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Re: Sink area in head

Thanks for all the info/suggestions. Think I will tackle that after I get this painting done.

Off to home depot to get a small wet/dry vac. Always somethng needs done ona sailboat, I am quickly finding out. When I was gonna sell it, I didnt worry about these things, but now being on the boat this long, has me spiffing her up for my OWN benefit.
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Nothing says "F*** YOU, marine environment!" like stainless steel. This was the galley counter on my old boat, but I'm sure it would work on a smaller scale as well.

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