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Companionway Hatch Slides Tight?

I refinished the wood rails, including the railing covering the companionway hatch, on my Venture 17. I used tung oil + a poly gel topcoat on it, which makes the wood shine like it's new. It looks wonderful. The only problem now, though, is that my companionway hatch cover, which slides underneath the rails, doesn't slide as nicely as before. Originally, I thought it had something to do with the tightness of the screws when I put the whole ensemble back, but that doesn't seem to be the case (I've since re-loosened the bolts, causing it to change not a bit.)

Any suggestions on making this slide more smoothly? I was thinking about taking the setup off the boat again, and simply coating the wood and companionway hatch with sex wax...
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