The V-Berth is our first area for a revamp. One of the previous owners had obviously tried sleeping in here and found it too cold so made a brave attempt at insulating with panels of loft insulation, backed by hardboard and wrapped in a vinyl. In our opinion, the v-berth was too small for the colour choice, the depth of insulation made the area almost claustrophobic for me let alone Her who I felt would struggle in here…
So She set about ripping it all out.
The loft-insulation panels came away easily, with the hardboard already proving soft and mildew-riddled.
Next came away the original headlining, leaving a powdered black dust – the original 40-year old foam rotted away.
Lost of scraping and cleaning left us with this:
The plan is to clad the v-berth in Polyethylene (PE) Foam – Camping Mat Material. PE is a closed Cell Foam that should be moisture and mildew resistant. It has quite a good insulation rating. 10mm thick or maybe double up to 20mm thick.
Inspired by Ken’s page here we thought we would try a painted finish.
Here I tested foam adhesion and tried to paint it ..
The paint adhered OK – until you touch it.
Unsurprisingly the paint flakes off after continuous pressing of the foam.
Not unexpected when the paint forms a brittle inflexible surface on a pliable foam – it was bound to give way:
I have read that perhaps Acrylic paint might provide a better coating but I haven’t tested it and I think we’re going to try and cover the foam in a white vinyl instead.
The Acrylic paint seems to have faired better. Two coats required at least.
But it passed a bend test.
I’ve placed the order with Intec Foams who supplied me with 50m x 1m x 10mm of PE foam delivered to the boatyard. 50m might be a bit much but I’d rather not run out, and can always use the rest for other projects or sell it on.