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Redoing wood in black...thoughts?

I have very little wood on my deck, the 3 pieces of wood around the companionway I think I wanna do in black...ideas? Is there a black stain I can use then what do I use to protect it? Make sure it doesnt run?

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Varnish the wood first then paint it.

Then if you are a latter owner changes their mind you can strip the paint off.
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sand/scrape and get it smooth.. fill the grain with thick varnish, keep filling and sanding it until it's smooth then paint it. Black paint doesn't last in the sun. Good luck!

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Re: Redoing wood in black...thoughts?

minwax makes a polyurethane "ebony" stain that may fill the bill. I have used it and it holds up well. Not sure how long in the UV/Sun....but would look nice.
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my question is why black and the little bit you have would not take more than a couple hrs to varathane and bright looks so much better than paint. bet there are a couple kids in the marina that would be happy to do the job for a few bucks for burgers.

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I have very little wood on my deck, the 3 pieces of wood around the companionway I think I wanna do in black...ideas? Is there a black stain I can use then what do I use to protect it? Make sure it doesnt run?

Here is a pic of what it looks like now....

You could, without much difficulty or cost, have the parts duplicated in white or black starboard by a local carpentry shop. Save the old parts and refinish them properly so they can be reinstalled later by the next owner should he/she wish to do so.

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If you keep the boat any where it gets hot and there's a lot of sun, painting the wood black will probably destroy it. It will absorb a great deal more heat and it will dry out and check pretty badly. If you live in the UK or Scandinavia, then it would probably be OK?

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I have very little wood on my deck, the 3 pieces of wood around the companionway I think I wanna do in black...ideas? Is there a black stain I can use then what do I use to protect it? Make sure it doesnt run?

Here is a pic of what it looks like now....

I'd go with a gray enamel, say about the shade and matte gloss of your slotted toe rail. Black would be tough to make look right next to the plexi and the sun could make it fail earlier.

Tape it off, use a good underbody primer(two coats if it's weathered), good enamel paint in satin or semi-gloss, sand between coats.

That's not a lot of wood to deal with but it would be a job to replace those parts. Paint will preserve them nicely with the least maintenance. Should last for years.

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If you do nothing, maybe it will mildew and turn black without doing anything.

Seriously, one of the worst ideas I've seen posted here.

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Paint them with Linseed oil to darken them and protect the wood underneath.
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