Removing the factory cabin vinyl from old wood panels

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Removing the factory cabin vinyl from old wood panels

Postby MarinetteBud » Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:21 am

I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to remove the factory cabin side wall vinyl from the old wood and use it over new wood or PVC ?
I'm trying to keep the factory look inside if possible. A heat gun seams to help very little....that is one tough glue!
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Re: Removing the factory cabin vinyl from old wood panels

Postby Tranquilo » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:57 am

Don't do that to yourself!

Go find textured pvc panels that they use for restaurant kitchens it's not perfect (like the woven wallpaper look) but close. Otherwise, get thin sheets of pvc and paper them. so much easier than trying to save the wood. They are likely past their life
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Re: Removing the factory cabin vinyl from old wood panels

Postby Leviathon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:24 pm

I did it. The trick is to use a utility knife and cut strips, so you are only pullling 3-4 inch strips at a time. Sometimes it tries to pull the plywood off with it, but it can be done.
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Re: Removing the factory cabin vinyl from old wood panels

Postby Rockit » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:40 pm

I replaced the panels in my 1977 and some spots were soft. To me it seemed a lot easier to remove the whole interior than strip the funky whatever it is off the panels. I used 1/4" plywood--while I generally dislike Lowes, they had some pretty nice underlayment that was serviceable--and back-primed it. You can also paint the stuff--I did that on the piece under the front windows and it came out just fine.

Good luck.

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Re: Removing the factory cabin vinyl from old wood panels

Postby papaharry » Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:07 am

On my 28' sportsman, I Covered the both bow and main cabin wall panels with white Polywall, FRP ceilings and nautolex floors. May not be orginal but sure looks clean!

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Re: Removing the factory cabin vinyl from old wood panels

Postby Rockit » Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:41 pm

I used Pollywall to replace the panels in the cockpit and headliner on the hardtop. The 1/4" stuff is much stiffer than plywood and was a challenge to work with though it did end up looking pretty good. I wonder now if painted aluminum panels might be the way to go.

Good luck with your project.

Joe
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Re: Removing the factory cabin vinyl from old wood panels

Postby Leviathon » Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:27 am

When I bought this last fall, did not have any wall panels. I did use 1/4 plywood and covered with vinyl. Just need it to last as long as I do.
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Re: Removing the factory cabin vinyl from old wood panels

Postby papaharry » Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:43 am

I used Pollywall over existing panels (no adhesive just polyurethane mahogany trim to hold in place), FRP on ceilings and Nautolex floors