I am in the process of refinishing the interior teak
on my Bayfield 36. There is a lot of interior
wood which has darkened over the years. I have removed all of the cabinet doors and brought them inside to refinish where it is comfortable. I am not certain what finish was used by the manufacturer. It is not glossy so it's not a spar varnish
. I think it must be some type of hard finish as it is a bit reluctant to part from the wood. I am using a wood refinisher which is made to loosen up varnishes using steel
wool in circular motions. This seems to work as the refinisher does darken and the steel
wool gets dirty. I then use a palm sander to sand the rails and styles of the doors as well as the interior panels
(it is solid wood, not a vaneer) and a multi-tool with a triangular shaped sanding head
in the spots the palm sander won't reach. I use 80 grit sandpaper and plan to go back over the wood with 220 grit for a smoother finish.
My questions are:
1) Is there an easier method to remove the old finish?
2) What is the best finish to use given the following criteria:
a) It must last a long time. I'm not doing this again.
b) The finish should be lighter and brighter than the dark finish that was present when the boat was made (1987).
c) We would like a semi gloss or gloss finish.
3) I have tried applying 1 coat of Minwax's handrubbed gloss polyurethane
to see what it looks like. I think I need to do at least 1 more coat to really get a feeling because it isn't very glossy and while the wood looks brighter than before, it isn't appreciably lighter than the old finish. Any ideas?
Thanks for your comments.