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bluemagic 04-13-2006 12:08 PM

Catalina 36 1987--Interior teak stain?
Hey there, Im working on a catalina 36 I believe 1987 and need to find out what they varnished the interior with. There seems to be a "stain" that was used and I need to find out what that was in order to match a new addition of Teak. Thanks, you can contact me off line at
Banff Luther
Luther Marine Maintenance

merc2dogs 04-13-2006 04:45 PM

if they used a stain at all it was likely your average stain, nothing special about it, most boats I've worked on have been just varnished or left bare inside. Not to be rude, but the purpose of a board is to have answers to questions posted on the board, it works very well that way because someone else may have the same question, people responding by email removes the benefit of having the answer given, not to mention that it's likely to increase your spam ratio because of posting your email. also if someone later on has the same question, you are likely to have emails asking you what you learned. ken.

bluemagic 04-16-2006 11:14 AM

looking for "the" Stain color
Typical "Stain" leaves a lot to imagine. There are many types and versions of different stains. Im looking for that "exact" one or a comperable stain.

The wood has a reddish hue to it and it does not appear to be sealed with a varnish.

Just trying to not waste a lot of hours that I will charge for in trying all the ones that "look" the same. If someone out there has been through this problem then let me know, not speculation on a like problem. Not to be rude...

merc2dogs 04-17-2006 12:05 AM


19 year old stain isn't going to be easily matched off the shelf, I am a professional trim carpenter, and when I need to match a stain or blend new wood with old, it's a matter of getting the closest color you can and blending to change the tone, with care it can come out to a perfect match. start with a color that is slightly lighter, and darken up to the right match. If your replacement wood is lighter than the original wood, haveing a can of the original stain isn't going to do you any good at all, because the repair will be lighter, if yours is darker, you'll have the same issue in reverse.
If it were me, I'd start with a light honey gold and add a few drops of cherry, put it on a scrap and set it beside the existing wood after it dries. go very easy on the cherry, red and black color much quicker than expected. If it is varnished, most real varnishes accept stain as a tint very well.

Being that your tag says luther marine maintenance, I'd assumed you were experienced in stains and varnish so didn't feel the need to go into any more detail than 'average stain'.

My 'not to be rude' statement was entirely about asking everyone to email you, not about the question at hand.


merc2dogs 04-17-2006 12:38 AM

couple links

bluemagic 04-23-2006 04:33 PM

thanks for the info,

I am in the marine maintenance business and I just have to my hands into way too many things right now. When I have time I will do as you recommended. Thats what I figured I would have to do anyway.

As you know there is "usually never" an easy way to work on a boat-------that is if you do it right.

Im with you on the cherry, thats where I will begin.

Thanks again

merc2dogs 04-23-2006 09:37 PM

Your welcome,
hope it works out good, been getting swamped here myself!
Been doing a 180 mile round trip lately, only thing that keeps me from telling them to get lost is the 35cents a mile.


tpozun 05-14-2006 07:53 PM

c 36 clear stain
rather than trying to "match the hatch" as in fishing use a clear nuetral stain and light marine varnish like mcclosky. Or do what i did on my 1988 c e30 for years. Every two years id put a couple of coats of tung oil on the wood. After applying each coat do not buff or remove. It will leave a protective light glossy coat w a nuetral finish underneath. good luck

ahmetb 06-19-2006 05:56 PM

You can go to the Catalina 36 website or you can call Catalina direct and ask them

ebs001 08-30-2006 07:02 PM

I have a 36 with the same stain. The last reply to your thread suggesting you contact Catalina is the best way to go. You do not need opinions you need the answer. Catalina is usually very good at answering any question about there boats. If and when you do get an answer fromk them post it here, thanks

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