Join Date: Oct 2004
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Varnish Removal Question
I will also second Jack''s recommendation for using a heat gun and quality scraper over using chemical strippers. It is definitely the best method and how the pros do it.
My Nauticat has a forest of teak, inside and out. After purchasing the boat in ''04, I knew the exterior teak needed to be stripped down to bare wood & recoated. It was a job I initially thought I would do, but after extensive research, decided to hire a professional crew instead. It was the best decision made.
I watched as they skillfully melted many layers of varnish with heat guns and razor-sharp scrapers. The layers curled off in ribbons, down to bare teak, with very little effort. Tough to get at areas required some chemical stripper and a final light sanding using 80-100 grit papers smoothed the surface with enough tooth for the sealer coat. The resulting 18 year old wood looked brand new when they finally finished.
Since I have a very profitable business to run, my rationalization of earning billable hours while they did all the grunt work was a no-brainer. I did the easy and glorifying job of applying the new finish coats and in the process, could detect no discoloration at all, just a natural, light brown teak color.