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Renovating a stained headliner

My 1990 31 was a live-aboard in Florida for about 15 years before I bought it 18 months ago. One of the many ways in which it was cosmetically challenged was that the vinyl headliner was badly stained with mildew. (Most of the zippers, of course, were also stuck shut.) I tried most every cleaner and bleach known to man with virtually no success. Finally, I decided that I really didn't have much to lose by trying something radical, since if it didn't work, I was still going to have to replace the headliner. So I painted it, with stunningly good results. First,I applied two coats of a water based stain blocker/primer using a foam brush. Then I used a skinny roller to apply two coats of acrylic exterior paint custom-tinted to an off-white that is lighter than the original vinyl headliner but still in keeping with the color of the gelcoat inside the boat. To me at least, the result is breath-taking. The interior is dramatically lighter and no longer looks as if it should be condemned. There is one downside to paint: since most of the zippers didn't work anyhow, I painted over the zippers for color consistency so there is no way to access the underside of the deck hardware. That seemed a relatively small price to pay. Speaking of price, since I did not use marine paint, this was a very inexpensive project.

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Re: Renovating a stained headliner

Pictures would be nice, especially if you have before and after.
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I gave up trying to post a photo on this site. You can download a hi res photo here: http://www.filedropper.com/img4822. More are available if anyone is interested.

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Re: Renovating a stained headliner

Wow.... what a difference. It will be interesting to see what it will look like a year or two down the road, but I agree, you had nothing to lose.
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Frankly, it was a simple enough job that if I have to repaint every two years, I would still consider it a worthwhile improvement. Since I used exterior paint, it is supposedly mildew resistant.

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I finally figured out how to upload photos to this site and I've included two before and after (actually, two painted and yet to be painted).

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Re: Renovating a stained headliner

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I finally figured out how to upload photos to this site
For future reference, how did you do the upload??
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After clicking on Post Reply, move down to Additional Options, then Attach Files, then Manage Attachments, which opens a dialogue box which lets you browse your computer to select photos to upload. After you've listed the photos to upload, press Upload. The key to uploading photos is that you have to resize them to 800 x 600 first. If you don't, the upload fails but it doesn't tell you why. I resized my photos and saved them to a new folder and then used that folder for the upload.

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