Flooring Aesthetics

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by Skua, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. Skua
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    I have come to the point of laminating the deck surface in the salon. Although I measured 50 times, cut, shimmed, leveled, and repeated, innumerable times, I still came up with a 2 sqf depression, 1/16 inch deep, with a gradual rise to the fair surface.

    The planned finish is either a thin, light, wood laminate, with some texture, or a linoleum surface simulating the same. The wife's choice is something with a lighter color , like maple, or driftwood.

    So the question is on a 9x8 ft deck how flat and fair is required to prevent the eye from picking up on surface defects.
     
  2. Mr Efficiency
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    A vinyl with a matt appearance seems likely to hide imperfections. Or just use a filler to get rid of the depression, before covering.
     
  3. PAR
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    Yeah, the keen eye can pick up very subtle imperfections, so matt finish is a good recommendation. Also a "busy" grain (or other) pattern will help a lot too. Most folks will not notice, particularly if it's a faux wood look, but you will and it'll likely drive you nuts (well at least this sort of thing does me). A couple of quick smears with a 12" wide putty knife and some filler should do fine. You know, you're never really through with sanding anyway, though a statistically placed throw rug can do wonders too.
     
  4. Skua
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    I was hoping the answer was "nah, it'll be fine". LOL. The problem is it's right where the furnishings will stop and the walkway will be. So a hard edge to see it against. Oh well a tad more sanding and a spot of filler.
     
  5. Mr Efficiency
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    :p If that doesn't work, a strategically placed one ! ;)
     

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