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Re: What kind of interior finish
I use Murphy's Oil Soap to clean down below.
Let's see, it was the beginning of last season where I decided to strip all the exterior brightwork down to bear and let it grey. I only apply varnish to the cockpit table and Bristol Finish to the cockpit coaming and some other cockpit trim pieces. I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I do!! And the maintenance involves a good cleaning once per year, with interim salt water scrubbing only.
If I can take the piece home, I use varnish. If I have to do it on the boat, I use Bristol Finish for two reasons. I think it looks closest to varnish, but more importantly, you can recoat within one hour. That allows you to fully coat in one day. Otherwise, its not just the multiple days of drying, sanding, recoating, its having enough in a row with good weather.
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