Luan. AKA door skin. usually 1/4" or 1/8" thick plywood. Ive always heard it referred to as luan... https://homeguides.sfgate.com/luan-wood-99466.htmlwhat does luan mean ? all I found was : Luan means “lion” (Albanian), “moon” (Portuguese) and “bells” (Chinese).
let's hope these windows don't leak, the Moody I sail on had the one that you partially see in pic above leaking and somewhat cracked, had it taken out, fixed and reinstalled and the comment from the german engineer who did that in Corfu was : never again will I try this, so if you would ask me to do the other side too I'll refuse, one reason was the weird form of the window and extremely hard to do without dismantling like you did, so if there is any problem with these windows, do it now while it's stripped.
i'm not so sure that the wood grain showing through for texture would look all that bad... there are parts of the cabin roof, near the galley and chart table that are either glass or plastic that have a "leather texture" molded into them along with the color. so it matched the old vinyl.You can spread a thin layer of wood filler over the surface with a drywall knife to fill the grain, which should hide it. Many of the fillers can be thinned with water to allow for an easier spread and thinner coat.
i could break out my inner martha stewart, and do a faux leather finish...If that is the look you are going for, go for it. Maybe do a test run on piece that you aren't planning on reusing.
thanks for the link to the thread...Nothing wrong with throwing some paint on there now to get sailing, then revisiting after a couple seasons if you're not happy with it. I tore out the badly mildewed vinyl in my boat and threw up a $20 polyester bedsheet for the first season, now I'm replacing it with some PVC foam panels based on what I saw in this thread.
no doubt about the gaps and less than aesthetic plywood edges. something with zero maintenance would be nice. I think short term paint is going to win out. I still gotta stay somewhat budget consciousThe 'vinyl' cloth used has a 'furry' inside layer. This hides imperfections in the panel & allows for tight fitting edges as it can compress. I will wager that your existing panels will have 1/8 - 1/4" gaps around the edges to allow for the old vinyl. Test fit! I would definitely consider replacing entirely with a plastic sheet that has the desired cosmetic finish - waterproof, easily cleaned, light.
I don't know about you but I have put way more time into my house projects than my boat projects, which included replacing bulkheads and completely stripping and putting new epoxy bottoms on two boats, and significant interior modifications on one boat. I have owned boats at least 12 years longer than I have owned a house.... It is posts like these that make me stick to houses. ...
Wires do not belong in the bilge so you probably deserved that.That sucks, but you're still not throwing away benjamins to hang upside down with your hair in bilge water while you try to fish wires thru a bulkhead
Hair is poor conductor, tooWires do not belong in the bilge so you probably deserved that.That sucks, but you're still not throwing away benjamins to hang upside down with your hair in bilge water while you try to fish wires thru a bulkhead