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PostPost by: AHM » Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:28 pm

Hi All,

The existing backboard is covered in the original carpet. Im not sure if it will survive having the carpet removed.

It would be easy enough to make a new backboard from hardboard, but will it take being bent?
Are new ones supplied flat or preformed?
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:33 pm

Is the carpet too far gone for redyeing?
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PostPost by: AHM » Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:48 pm

No. but it isn't going to match the rest of the carpet which will be new as it has fallen apart.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:35 pm

Sue's replacements are GRP, same for the side covers.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:21 pm

Find a local supplier of Millboard.
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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:55 pm

I removed the old carpet without any problems & recovered it with new carpet.
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PostPost by: denicholls2 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:10 pm

I don't know if Masonite is called Masonite on your side of the pond, but it's a good product for this application. You can get 1/8" panels, it's moderately waterproof, and you can bend it without it cardboarding. It's what most cars use as a backer for upholstery.

GRP is lighter, but costlier I suspect, and messier to make if you can't just go buy it.
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PostPost by: William2 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:41 pm

I got a large sheet of black Millboard as used originally from Woolies Ltd in Peterborough. They will also courier it to you. It bends and cuts easily.
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