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Old 28-10-2015, 06:13   #1
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Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

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Hello,

My saloon table is quite scratched. Most of the scratches are very light and superficial. I don't know what kind of finish has been applied. I guess it is a polyurethane finish.

How can I improve the look of the table?

Has anyone used a rubbing compound (like that used on cars) with good results.

There are some parts on the edge of the table where the finish has been chipped back to the bare wood. How can I fix that too?

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Old 28-10-2015, 08:19   #2
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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

Repairing laminates is challenging. You could try beeswax or color matching a filler like epoxy. The second may require sanding and feathering.

We have solid teak on our Liberty 458 so the sanding and multi coat polyurethane approach works well.

Replacing the laminate might be just as easy as repairing it.

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Old 28-10-2015, 09:27   #3
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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

No comments on Repairing your finish (others are better at that than me) but if you Refinish, I have had excellent results polishing rubbing and buffing high quality varnishes (Captains, Epiphanes).

Some observations:

Use high gloss varnish - it sets to a harder finish.

Let the finish set for a good week or 2 to really harden up.

Lightly sand, if needed to flatten the finish, remove dirt, bugs etc. Sand to at least 1200 grit (available through auto stores selling finishing products)

Compound with increasingly fine compounds (Rubbing, polishing, glazing). Use a VERY light touch if machine buffing and avoid the edges -- do those by hand.

Results can be stellar.
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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

The veneers that Beneteau uses are quite thin. Anything more than a light scuffing will penetrate the veneer. Additionally, this is not a teak veneer, but something that is a tropical wood and is vaguely reminiscent of mahogany. Several years ago I helped out a friend who had damaged their woodwork, so I know it is a challenge.

If deeply scratched, you have two real choices: Fake it, or re-veneer.

To fake-it, I would suggest that you find a local furniture refinisher and have them do it. It's not terribly complicated, but they will have the proper tools, heating iron, etc., and the experience.

Re-veneering is a bit easier, but again, if you don't have any experience in this, contract it out.

Also contact Beneteau US for a replacement part or veneer material, or a qualified local repairman.

If the scratches do not penetrate the veneer, lightly scuff and re-finish. After 6 or 7 coats, decide for your self if that will be good enough.
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Old 28-10-2015, 14:25   #5
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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

Thanks for the replies and great info

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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

P.S. In this case, "fake it" is indeed a technical term and an experienced refinisher will know exactly what you mean.
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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

My friends sanded everything down to the veneer then coated with hard wearing flooring varnish. Their job looked like factory new woodwork!

So I think it is all in how much prep you are willing to make.

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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

I've just finished sanding down all the sole boards and the table on my Bene.
For the sole boards I started with a belt sander using 120 grit to remove all the old finish, then a finishing paper by hand.
Applied 6 coats varnish, the first coat thinned by 25%. Each coat allowed to dry for 24hrs and then wet and dry paper 1000 grit between each coat.

Just put everything back on the boat, got to admit, looks the dogs bollocks (that means good )
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I've just finished sanding down all the sole boards and the table on my Bene.
For the sole boards I started with a belt sander using 120 grit to remove all the old finish, then a finishing paper by hand.
Applied 6 coats varnish, the first coat thinned by 25%. Each coat allowed to dry for 24hrs and then wet and dry paper 1000 grit between each coat.

Just put everything back on the boat, got to admit, looks the dogs bollocks (that means good )
What age is your Beneteau? I am sure the wood is too thin on mine to take a sander to it.

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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

I should think that doing a clear coat epoxy job might also be an option. With or without varnish on top of the epoxy.
There are several epoxys which are forumulated specifically for coating tables, bar tops & the like.
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Its a 2001 build.
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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

I wouldn't make a big project out of this.

First remove any wax. On the chips and imperfections, lightly sand with 220 grit and, using an artist's brush, apply sufficient coats of varnish, allowing partial cure between coats, to build up to slightly more than the thickness of the original finish. After those repairs have thoroughly cured, block-sand the high spots down to flush with original finish. Then a thorough sanding of the entire surface finish, only, not to go through the finish, before applying 2 topcoats. If the results are still not 100%, after thorough curing, block sand everything with 220/320 grit and apply 2 more coats.
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Re: Fixing Beneteau interior woodwork?

Hi, we fixed our saloon table on our Hunter that had many surface scratches from plates sliding across it and daily wear, the shine was gone and needed to be buffed. We used aqua buff 2000 and 1000 grit and buffed out all the scratches and it came out like brand new. take your time buffing and light pressure and don't over buff either. It splatters everywhere so cover anything you don't want to get dirty. We removed all the cushions and put a drop sheet over anything we couldn't take out. It only took about an hour to see the beauty once again! Not sure how to fix the chip you have, but I am sure there will be something on you tube to show you how to do that. Good luck and post pictures before and after of your work!
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