Originally Posted by Alex Mead
Hello - I have a 1985 Pearson
36/2 and would like to refinish the cabin
sole. The cabin
sole is teak and holly veneer and I believe has never been varnished, just oiled. Over timehas become extremely dark, so I would like to sand and refinish with a satin polyurethane
. Any advice on sanding and the type of finish I should use?
I recently did the companionway
steps, and am thinking about the sole this winter.
Here is what I did :
Strip with conventional stripper.
Scrape the stripped varnish off.
Thoroughly wash the wood with soap and water
, then use compressed air to dry and get the gunk out of any grooves and crevices. Leave in the sun till thoroughly dry.
Apply a light coat of stain - I use Varathane Golden Mahogany. This is to darken faded teak a little. Sounds like you don't need this.
3 coats of Minwax fast-drying polyurethane in satin. This stuff is great to work with - very happy with this varnish. I sanded lightly between coats followed by another blast with the air.
The only thing I did wrong was that in a couple of spots the scraper I was using bit into the wood causing a dent. Next time I will use a cabinet scraper. These are far less likely to damage the finish, so I've heard.
Here is the thread on Sailnet I started :
It includes some discussion on doing the sole.