Originally Posted by AquatiCat
Thanks for the info about the Mas epoxy
, StillRaining. Knowing what sorts of products give good results is a big plus! I have to seal a countertop.
We are local to you but our new-to-us boat (a 1982 Prout) is not, incidentally. The boat is where we move once we PCS to FL.
Would the same sort of thing (as the Mas epoxy) work on vertical surfaces, though? Can't pour it on for sure, so how to get rid of the bubbles... I have to basically strip and redo the interior teak
bulkheads, doors and some other woodwork on the boat, in many if not all locations. Some surfaces have been painted (in various colors) and some have been treated badly (big water
rings from drinks at parties and God knows what else - not from the previous owner, from a woman who stayed on his boat as a "caretaker" before she was kicked off for not being a good caretaker), and other bulkheads simply seem to have been re-coated badly (cloudy?!) or covered with decals.
Since I will have to do the work in situ and with just a few power tools, I would really appreciate your advice: is chemical stripper best (as I suspect)? What kind of sander is best for smoothing things out after the stripping? I have the little triangular-headed one for getting into corners (heck, I even have a Dremel), but what about the larger flat expanses? Your deft touch in the videos is inspirational, but a belt sander would scare the heck out of me, here; I need something forgiving.
Thanks so much for the thread and the videos! Very lovely, and useful to see your techniques on the finishing.
Thanks for the kind words AquatiCat....they are greatly appreciated.
I am really no Guru of wood finishing but I would not use epoxy in your situation...the only reason I used it at all is I knew the choice of wood I chose needed encapsulated in it to prevent any water damage and to stabilize it.
It may be an OK choice for your counter tops but personally I would use a spar varnish
...Epoxy seems to have some gripe to it...meaning it never seems to get slick to the touch...I don't think that would be a good characteristic for a counter top and certainly not a bulk head
I personally like a mate finish for the interior of a boat not a high gloss....so believe it or not, I took 000 steel
wool to the cured Galley sole finish to dull its brilliance before I installed it..
I do and would use something Like Interlux
Gold Spar satin for your interior...and as far as sanding
you are correct a belt sander has no place on thin veneers such as mahogany or teak ply wood.
There are many chemical strippers to choose from and heavily painted areas may benefit from them but I would first attempt a heat gun and scraping and then hand sanding
using an orbital or in-line auto body sander before trying a striper and your triangle head
is ideal for tight areas as you all ready know.....Strippers are great for some things but a real pain in the butt for others, give a small area a try with one and see how it works out...it may be the easier way.
I have use Citrus-Strip with OK results...it is very nice smelling and easy on the lungs/brain for indoors or tight confined areas like a boat but it is really a gooey mess to deal with as all strippers are ...it is not very soluble with anything I have found yet either so it is all about tons of paper towels and scraping.
Hope this helps