I'm embarrassed to ask such simple questions but I'd like a second opinion on the way forward here on my first finishing project
. I have a few small pieces of teak
trim on the exterior of the boat that I am going to epoxy
coat with 2-part Bristol Finish Amber Urethane...1. Companionway
louvered doors, 2. handrails at the companionway
entrance and 3. grab handle for the sliding overhead hatch
They were all previously varnished somehow but it has cracked and is coming off in many spots. So, I removed these pieces from the boat, took them home, scraped and sanded. Now ready for coating.
1. What is the sequence for coating the handrails when you have to contend with plugs. I can put the recommended 8 coats on here at the house, but then I have to attach/place plugs/finish plugs separately? Do 4-5 coats at home, attach/place plugs and then do 4 more coats on the top of the piece when installed? Best practices? Wood glue on plugs...they came out pretty easy, not sure they were glued originally?
2. The handrails (roughly 1" x 3" x 4') were attached to the fiberglass
with SS screws covered with a plug
, and a "bead" of silicone all along the bottom as "glue". The hole in the fiberglass
for the screw was about 1/4" in diameter and filled with some clear silicone-type substance...this is what the screw was screwed into. I assume the "silicone plug" in the fiberglass was put there to absorb wood expansion and contraction...is this the way I should re-attach? Do I need to re-do the silicone plugs?
3. Regarding the finish make/model...I have two new 1 qt kits that came with the boat in the rubbermaid bin of boat soap/chemicals/etc. I think this project
was on the POs list, but he didn't get a round to it. The advantage to this finish is that I already have it...I'd entertain strong objections to using it, but I don't see why not to since I already have it.
Thanks! I appreciate any tips, tricks, advice you all have to offer!