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Removing carpet from headliner

My new to me Macgregor Venture 222 has this really funky grey carpet on 1/2 of the headliner. It has to go. Why anyone would put a dark color ceiling in a small boat is beyond me.

Anyone do this before? Any tips? Any idea of how much adhesive gunk I may be revealing?

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Re: Removing carpet from headliner

Quinn,

Seems as though you have downsized your boat! did I miss that story somehow?

I've never had to remove carpet glued to the inside of a cabin but it will take some experimenting to figure out the best way, and you will be an expert in this by the time you have finished the job.

Start with the less invasive methods and work your way up to TNT.
Mechanical methods of removal involving razor blades, chisels may prove most effective.
Once only the adhesive remains try different solvents to see what works best.
Again, start with the least invasive stuff: goo-gone, goof off and work your way up to stuff like gasoline/lacquer thinner.

do you plan to put another fabric or covering up, or leave it as bare fiberglass?
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Re: Removing carpet from headliner

yeah now I am married the trailer sailor is better for us. lots of great sailing just a couple of hours away, huntington lake, monterey bay etc. Actually she found the boat and encouraged me to put an offer in on it! which means as for any design choices while I may be the captain, she is the admiral. She is thinking of cloth or maybe paint.
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Re: Removing carpet from headliner

ugh carpet. I remember when my parents bought their grampian, the carpeting around the quarterberth was so moldy that going down there to even clean would make your eyes water and your lungs spasm.

Paint is the way to go

The good news is.. as the carpet is probably older.. it should come off fairly easily as the glue should be dried out and brittle
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Re: Removing carpet from headliner

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Paint is the way to go
Unless the glue doesn't come off easily. Then the headliner will be a mess. It may be difficult to get it smooth enough to paint. Then, maybe a vinyl liner would cover up the mess.
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Re: Removing carpet from headliner

I had something similar on the inside cabin walls of my Edel 665. Ugly, grassy foam backed wallpaper glued on.
I pulled it off and then wire brushed off the foam. Then I used my multi-tool scraper to physically pry off the clumps of glue.

I then glued cork panels on with construction adhesive.
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ugh carpet. I remember when my parents bought their grampian, the carpeting around the quarterberth was so moldy that going down there to even clean would make your eyes water and your lungs spasm.

Paint is the way to go

The good news is.. as the carpet is probably older.. it should come off fairly easily as the glue should be dried out and brittle
HA my last boat was a G30 and I had to deal with the same stuff! It was so mottled and disgusting. Mine had that yellowish stuff that kinda felt like dirty old sheeps wool or something. I ruined three shirts getting that stuff out.
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Re: Removing carpet from headliner

I grew up in a carpet store. Did nothing but carpet for 15 years. I've taken carpet glue off of everything.

Forget solvents.
is the surface smooth or rough glass? If smooth a wallpaper scraper (like a hyde) with an insertable blade. If it's rough, it'll be tough scraping with a blade. then use a 4" putty knife. Get it as close as you can then try either very course sandpaper of a wire brush (probably sandpaper).

What do you plan to finish with? Paint. If so you can prep the rough surface by fairing with epoxy or resin.

one great thing to re-cover with would be cork. It comes in 4' wide running lengths. Anti microbial, insulation, and cork repels insects. glue it up with an anti-microbial adhesive like 5200 or hydroment ultra set. Be good forever.
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adhesive like 5200 or hydroment ultra set. Be good forever.
5200 would be forever.
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Re: Removing carpet from headliner

yes it would...so would cork. Either adhesive would seal from the inside against leaks. I planned on cutting out the area around any nuts for fittings and doubling cork over the access. You can sand it, round edges, stain it, epoxy it, oil it or leave it raw (which would be best for the anti-insect properties). It would seam well, last forever and be beautiful and functional. The Toledo Ohio Museum of Art has cork flooring, it's been down for a hundred years....
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