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Old 24-04-2017, 14:26   #1
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I have a dirty soul

I own a 1977 Tartan30 with a cabin sole in very poor condition. For those with experience, can you please share your tips and tricks for sole restoration?

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Old 24-04-2017, 14:34   #2
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Don't worry about it. I feel my soul is a little dirty too. You just have to be yourself!
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Strip it, clean it, re-varnish.

I use Tekka (A&B) because it opens the pores to get some of the dirt out.
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My soul has a few knicks and dings and water spots, too
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Old 24-04-2017, 16:39   #5
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No one is perfect my friend. yup just like any previously vanished wood. Strip, clean well, varnish.
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I own a 1977 Tartan30 with a cabin sole in very poor condition. For those with experience, can you please share your tips and tricks for sole restoration?

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have you tried Hari Krishna?

Seriously though, Te-Ka, as mentioned by someone else, is amazing stuff. it is around $55 per quart and many marine stores have it. You need lots of water so if you can remove most of the sole that will make things easier. If not, make sure you bilge pump works. It will do an great job.

Once that is done, seal it with a good varnish. Epifanes is good but Bristol will last twice as long. There's also this stuff from Germany that lasts twice as long as the Bristol (7 years in the tropics!). i can't think of the name of it but if I can find it I will post the link. For the ultimate in sealing, use epoxy then cover it will a good varnish.
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This is not too expensive and easy to glue on, looks beautiful afterwords.

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Clean it well, strip it only if necessary. If discolored maybe best to stain it then varnish or polyurethane it. Best not to use Spar Varnish as it is intentionally a bit gummy so it flexes. Personally I like Varithane.
Do not sand it if you strip it but very lightly. The veneer on the ply is usually quite thin and once you break thru it's big trouble.
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The German varnish mentioned by Armydave is Coelan boat varnish. I varnished my exterior wood seven years ago and it is still like new. I keep my yacht in the Canaries plenty of sun no damage. Expensive but if you take into account the time it takes to varnish and the lenght of time it lasts, not too bad
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The German varnish mentioned by Armydave is Coelan boat varnish. I varnished my exterior wood seven years ago and it is still like new. I keep my yacht in the Canaries plenty of sun no damage. Expensive but if you take into account the time it takes to varnish and the lenght of time it lasts, not too bad

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The German varnish mentioned by Armydave is Coelan boat varnish. I varnished my exterior wood seven years ago and it is still like new. I keep my yacht in the Canaries plenty of sun no damage. Expensive but if you take into account the time it takes to varnish and the lenght of time it lasts, not too bad
When you say "exterior wood" what exactly are you referring to? is it teak, mahogany or what? ... and as it is on the exterior, one presumes it would be in full sunlight every day ... or, at least every day the sun shines?
What dollar value is it per quart or litre?
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Mainly teak some marine ply in the sun every day as it shines. Sorry cant remember price but you should get it from Web search
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When you say "exterior wood" what exactly are you referring to? is it teak, mahogany or what? ... and as it is on the exterior, one presumes it would be in full sunlight every day ... or, at least every day the sun shines?
What dollar value is it per quart or litre?
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My soul is covered with carpet. But it is getting a little smelly.
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