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Sealing a Floor....


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So the floor is solid on my V191 project for a 50 year old boat. I pulled the old carpet and scraped the remnants and now I want to reseal it before putting new carpet back in. The old way would be to slop a gallon of resin on it. Anyone have any other product suggestions that might work and be more economical? Coop?

Floor before scraping.


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I know only a little about boat building, but I do know about working with plastic resins like polyester, epoxy and vinyl.

If it were mine and unless someone told me an even better way.

I’d clean off all the old material and smooth the surface as much as I could then paint on a thinned coat of polyester resin as the first coat so it soaked in deep. (Mix the resin as per instructions then cut it 50% with acetone.)

Second coat would be straight polyester resin and if required or desired a third coat.

After that put down what ever surface you want, carpet or some other deck/floor material.
Yo Dave, hope you’re having a good summer! I appreciate the offer on the resin but I can source it locally. I’ll probably just use resin since I have a lot of voids I want to fill in.
I would not use epoxy to fill the floor. I have some experience in making table dioramas which I have filled with epoxy. The resin gives a lot of bubbles after mixing the two active ingredients, which could easily be eliminated with a vacuum machine. But I have no idea how to remove these bubbles when applying it to the floor. Although I know that some people apply epoxy concrete sealers, this coating can be very slippery, especially when wet. Acrylic may be a better solution for you.