I cant let the day go by without a single post...I hope everyone is out on their boats or something fun like that. So pardon the rant below but between not finding any new posts here and some possible effects from chemicals (known only to the state of california to cause cancer...further explanation below) - here goes:
While waiting for the new shaft to arrive from Deep Blue Yachts......and no signs of a heat exchanger yet, I somehow found myself taking the cockpit apart to refinish the woodwork. Realistically this project should be a few years out but the wife had the kids for a few hours and I found myself puttering around the boat; the next thing I know the thing is in pieces. I spent a few mornings doing some research here and ended up going with what seems to be one of the recommended combos. Interlux Schooner 96 & CC 573 stain which surprisingly I found locally at a marine store - apparently someone had ordered the stain and did not pick it up.
In comparison to the majority of the folks here I am pretty much a hacker and an amateur but I'm going to give this refinishing a reasonable effort with my available skills, time, and workspace. I definitely don't need it to be perfect, the wood is in pretty rough shape - and my kids will probably be coloring it with crayons or smacking it with their swords or maybe running their hotwheels along it this summer anyways.
So far I have disassembled the cockpit, stripped and cleaned the wood, done some minor repairs, applied the stain, and just now laid down the first coat of schooner 96 (hence the possible effects). Some thoughts and photos below of what (I think) I have learned so far to help any other hackers that may be lurking around - I'm sure this is SOP for most:
Use sandwich or snack bags and a sharpie to contain and label all hardware and pieces that you take apart, you never know when you'll be putting it together again.
Stripping & cleaning the woodwork:
Since the woodwork was in poor shape and obviously done poorly at least once before me I opted for stripping back to bare. I used a chemical stripper, plastic and metal puddy knives, scrapers, scotchbrite, and sand paper. Be careful with the sanding near the edges of the veneer - I left it fairly thin in some spots.
When using the stripper - be careful what else this stuff hits, it (obviously) will take the finish off - I lost some of the finish on my old childhood Duke's trash can - oh well.
This stuff is not like the stain I am used to, it is a paste that needs to be thinned to the "thick house paint" Not sure what that means - I'd prefer some ratios. Bottom line - Don't over-thin the stain.
Work the stain - it seemed to look better when I worked in into the wood, don't simply wipe it on.
First coat of varnish:
Stain color?? I was a bit leary when I first applied the stain, it seemed very red and almost orange see the photos below. But it the wood seemed to come to life with the first coat of varnish.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong? - but like the stain the first coat of varnish seemed to want to be worked a little. I thinned it roughly 10% and it still seemed a bit sticky. Either way be sure to use the final strokes to smooth it out.