Rép. : [Amel] Re: old Maramu - considering painted bulkheads in toilet compartments

Serge Tremblay <laetitiaii@...>

Beleive experience!
Replace existing leatherette is most efficienct and simple if after cleaning the bulkheads from residue with a wire brush on a grinder a new felt or cotton backed high quality leatherette is glued to the bulkhead with Sika.
V Opera
Mango # 51

--- En date de : Sam, 22.12.12, Alex <alex.paquin@...> a écrit :

De : Alex <alex.paquin@...>
Objet : [Amel] Re: old Maramu - considering painted bulkheads in toilet compartments
À : amelyachtowners@...
Date: samedi 22 décembre 2012 00 h 30


We decided to change all the headliner and original material on the boat. It is a dreadful job. Joel Potter wrote on this sometime ago and issued some stern warnings.
We discovered that the surface is highly irregular and "transparent" in some places. The material we used now has a light padding, hopefully it will last 15 more years and never need replacing again in my lifetime. I doubt painting is an option.
In the cockpit and aft cabin the new liner is now "floating", not glued directly to the surface. We used thin strips of wood as a base, screwed to the fiberglass using short SS screws. The liner is SS stapled to these strips in a way that we used the original wood trimming to conceal the staples. This is all hard work and requires lots of patience and detail. It is important to note that we also replaced all the crazed plexiglass in all hatches and side port lights, which requires the inside plywood panels to be removed as well. These cover the headliner edges around the port lights.
Now the heads: we will apply a more neutral gelcoat in the floor pans and will change the green and orange carpet lining the shelves. We also changed the formica on the shelve cover panel. believe me this is a huge project and has consumed 6 months.
Amel Maramu #94, 1981

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Dave_Benjamin" <dave_benjamin@...> wrote:

Like so many older Amel sailboats, the vinyl headliners are failing in several places. In the toilet compartments we are considering just painting the bulkheads.

Before we remove the vinyl, I thought it would be good to ask if anyone has painted as opposed to replacing the vinyl. If so, was there a lot of work involved in getting the surface smooth enough for paint?

As part of this project we are going to repaint the fiberglass floor pans in the toilet compartments. Our boat, formerly owned by Henri Amel himself, is a bit different than others we've seen in that the floor pan in the forward toilet compartment is orange and the aft one is green. The yard also used different color carpet on the shelves. We don't know if Henri suggested they just use remnants or if that was the desired appearance.

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