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A Flooring Conundrum

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A Flooring Conundrum

Post by Moosemeat » Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:23 pm

After some searching and one failed attempt, I have identified a linoleum color that is very close to the original on my '47 Sportsman. In speaking with the flooring guys, I am told that the product is rather stiff and will not bend too readily.
This will be an issue when it's time to remove the floorboards and clean the bilge as there are several holes for fasteners in the boards. I can't glue the linoleum down with anything semi-permanent as it may crack when I peel it up to get at the screws. I may be able to skate by without any glue as there are trim pieces around all the flooring.
How do you all cope with this? Should I try something like 5200 that does not harden up? Or just skip the glue entirely. Thanks.

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Re: A Flooring Conundrum

Post by Brian Robinson » Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:00 pm

no glue.
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Re: A Flooring Conundrum

Post by boatmanscm » Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:53 am

I always used a contact cement using a paint gun with a quart bottle . The only way to attach them was to pull the floor screws and cut small holes in the new covering. then new washers and screws use as few as possible and a good spacing is important .If you leave it loose it will lift , slide and crack very fast if you do more than boat shows.
Just think when you spray the glue it only needs a 80% coverage on both sides . If you brush it on it will bee too thick and cause gas bubbles . Then you will have to pullit back up to dry more . If the glue sticky to your finger it is too wet let it air dry for 3-5 minutes .Then press down using a soft rag as a buffer .
ALSO AIR PRESSURE , should be about 60 lbs. If you decide to glue it down email me and I can upload a video on the project.
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