Panel material for overhead?

hdra

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Formica on thin plywood, with wood trim covering the gaps between panels?  Or are you talking like the vinyl car headliner type thing that a lot of 70s & 80s cruisers came with?

 

Will1073

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I have used 4x8 plastic shower wall panels. Cheap and cheerful. Textured side or the smooth side. They aren’t very ridged so need more battens/screws than 1/4” ply.

 

ryley

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I vaguely remember someone using some kind of flexible plastic sheet for overhead, i.e.the deck’s underside.  What material was it?
I used 3mm pvc foam sheet. Look up Sintra but don't get hung up on the name, just the product type. get it locally at a sign shop or you'll pay 4x for shipping than the sheet costs. 3mm cuts with a razor knife, looks good (just be careful of denting), and is fire retardant. 

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Zonker

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I used 3mm pvc foam sheet. Look up Sintra
Me too. Great stuff. Easy to cut and install. I used 4mm but otherwise very easy and nice smooth surface.

The textured bathroom wall stuff looks.... like inside a public toilet stall.

 

CriticalPath

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1/8" Sanalite (bendable HDPE cutting board type material) with traditional foam-backed vinyl headliner material glued to it.

Light, easy to work with, and should be long-lasting, but not the cheapest...

20180913 KF Headliner Forward.jpg

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Cheers!

 
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Quickstep192

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when you go to look at that product, you might find that it's heavier than you were expecting.
Thanks for the info. I searched around here for Sintra and couldn’t find a place that would sell it to me, so the PVC  looked like an alternative. Cheap enough that if I screw or up it won’t be too bad. 
 

The pieces are fairly small, like 20” x 50”. Weight might be an installation factor since there’s not much to fasten to overhead.

I’m eager to hear what others are using. 

 

Leeroy Jenkins

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1/8" Sanalite (bendable HDPE cutting board type material) with traditional foam-backed vinyl headliner material glued to it.
Glued with what, and how long ago?  In my experience standard contact cement wouldn't stick those two together and had to buy a very expensive contact adhesive made for the headliner material. 

 

andykane

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Same here - I think I paid $140 for 5 sheets. I had to call a couple local sign shops but the place I got them from had a whole stack of the stuff. There are some other brands of the same stuff, doesn't have to be Sintra specifically.

Mine replaced old mouldy stapled up vinyl so I had to make a bunch of batters. The 26" span is borderline without the 4th edge supported along the cabin sides, but turned out pretty good IMO. Really easy to work with, just cut it with a knife.

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CriticalPath

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Glued with what, and how long ago?  In my experience standard contact cement wouldn't stick those two together and had to buy a very expensive contact adhesive made for the headliner material. 
We used 3M 38808 Headliner & Fabric Adhesive.  It's a spray contact adhesive, easy to apply, appropriate for marine applications, and since it's 3M IMO worth the investment to provide longlasting stick.

Used by a few boat builders and repair shops I asked so good enough for me.

The panels were done in 2017 so five years ago and no issues to date.

Cheers!

 




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