Originally Posted by Nicholson58
If you decide it’s too much, just stop.
Yes, absolutely, I've had a couple of boats with brass and bronze hardware, and on one vessel, the first one outfitted in such a way, found myself regretting putting in the hours and hours of effort to brighten up the bronze stanchions, although I do enjoy bright brass for the cabin
lights below so here's a tip if that's all you do - clear coat them (thinly) with a protective layer of spray.
Why thinly? coz the moment you scratch it....
It looks really nice and compliments the bright work
below to coincide with all of the effort to apply multiple layers of varnish (or a bit easier, West systems topped with varnish) to keep that wood bright. and glowing.
But I would not personally polish anything, save for perhaps the ship's bell topside ever again unless my ship was part of a non-profit with ample volunteer labor available lolz.
But for you? Ask yourself this: Do you find yourself tinkering, sanding
, touching up every little blemish during coffee/tea time and on your days off? Are you constantly bleaching your teak
w/Oxalic acid or oiling it?
If so, then maybe this is a great idea for you! your boat will certainly stand out and become a conversational item for passersby walking down the finger where your slip is located, but otherwise, remember that patina is itself a protectant, and if you change your later after polishing everything up, it will prolly take a couple of years before you start to get a good prominence of green again.