Interior finish

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by k76, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. k76
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    k76 Junior Member

    Hi,

    I'm thinking about interior finish for a female moulded GRP hull/deck. Light and cheap option is to paint, but it ends up looking pretty crap.
    More expensive and heavy option is cover with an inner liner(more tooling...), or the various covering materials available in roll form.
    Are there any other options in between? I'm thinking along the lines of sprayable hi-build products. Not for a perfect smooth finish, but to diffuse the fibreglass patterns. Something with a warmer "feel" to it would be good too.
     
  2. Landlubber
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    Landlubber Senior Member

    Hi k76, how big are your boats, little fellas have different finishes to bigger fellas, and retail cost usually determines finish quality.

    More info please.
     
  3. k76
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    k76 Junior Member

    25ft trailersailers. Little fellas I know... Aim is to keep it simple and tidy. Moulded innerliner with bunks galley etc + some wood trim and decent quality cushions. This kind of interior ends up looking pretty sad in a lot of boats, but when done properly I think it can look pretty good for what it is. (Bigger and not one of mine, but this wouldn't be very far off the level I'm aiming for: http://www.newcastleyachting.com.au/slides.php?de=18340&img=3)
    As with most things it's all in the detail, so I'm looking carefully at where I can cut costs and make it simple, and where it's worth putting in some extra thought and effort.
     
  4. Landlubber
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    Landlubber Senior Member

    I would suggest using peel ply in the initial layup of the deck mould, that will be a good start to a decent finish if you end up with an interior that is surface coated.
     

  5. SamSam
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    SamSam Senior Member

    Splattering or webbing a different color paint/gelcoat over a base color can easily and cheaply distract from or hide background patterns.
     
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