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Replace wood in head with FRP panel?

Posted: May 17th, 2014, 8:04 pm
by Jab
OK, so I've posted on way too many threads tonight.... Slow night at work...

Another project on my '78 Santa Cruz 2866.

I've restored the wood throughout the salon, but I'm not sure I want to do the same in the head. I'm not really concerned how it looks in there. The same amount of effort stripping/sanding/staining/varnishing seems wasted. And it's not the best surface if we use our shower with any frequency (probably won't, but not sure).

So I was considering covering the head walls with a product made for bathroom interiors. There are many choices, but HomeDepot carries plain white FRP sheets in plain white colors. I could easily cover the whole thing with 2 4x8 sheets cut to fit- less than $75 in materials. Instead of their recommended adhesive, which would probably ruin the underlying wood and prevent any hope of recovery (for me, or the next owner), I plan to use a "removable" and sand-able marine adhesive, and edge molding.

Anyone tried anything similar, or see any obvious problems with the plan?

JB