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I bought an old boat from '72 with a fiberglass haul. The interior walls have this rubber material stapled to the walls on some spots. I think its vinyl or something, not 100% sure, I'm not a handy guy and don't know even the basics but its a rubbery plastic material. But anyway, it's old has yellow stains, black spots that may be mold stains and is falling off in some places. Could I just rip it off and paint over it assuming I clean, scrap, sand, wire brush and put primer on the walls first? Do I have to put new vinyl over it to replace the old stuff for some reason? If so, why? Thanks alot
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I want to paint the interior anyway and putting new material over the walls to paint over that seems like an unnecessary extra step. Perhaps I'm just ignorant and that vinyl stuff served a purpose beyond cosmetics... I don't know
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Re: Painting over interior fiberglass haul

I had a similar vintage boat with carpet on the hull. I ripped it out, did some minimal cleaning and painted it. It turned out fine. I had good success with rustoleum oil based paint. It was a big improvement in looks, and the gloss paint cleaned up easy if it got dirty.
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Awesome, I'll have to remember rustoleum oil based paint. Thanks a lot!
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Re: Painting over interior fiberglass haul

Remember to breathe some fresh air when you're painting with that stuff, especially in enclosed spaces
down below. Open all the hatches AND run a fan.
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I used a high-gloss white interior paint from Behr (Home Depot). It worked really well and is incredibly easy to clean.

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Re: Painting over interior fiberglass haul

I had same problem on 71 Morgan. Had to clean inner hull with acetone. The hull was greasy, crummy stuff, acetone only thing that took it off, but took it off good. I used this Zinsser product. Definitely need a respirator, 40 bucks, at Home Depot. Fan won't help if you got your head stuck inside a cabinet, cleaning and painting. Respirator made it easy. Of course, their water based products might be better, greener. Still looks new after 3 years. Easy to wipe down. I'm thinking Zinsser is RustOleum. 10 bucks a quart. Kevin
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Re: Painting over interior fiberglass haul

This could depend upon what's behind that vinyl liner. Have you had look? Is it smooth or is it fairly rough fiberglass matting? There might even be a wire or two behind the liner.

I don't love vinyl liners either. They all end up as you describe. However, I'm also not a big fan of painting, whenever avoidable. Once painted, always painted. It's one more routine maintenance item.

If you posted a picture of the area, maybe some would have another suggestion.


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