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Hi Wendy et. al. -
I'm the new owner of an *old* Pearson Vanguard and am dealing with many of the same issues as are discussed here, but am still so new to everything that I hope you'll all forgive me for asking what are probably repetitive, asinine questions! :-)
My issue is that my Vanguard has 3 different types of wood - a Sitka Spruce boom, mostly teak trim on deck and for the toe rail, and mahogany for the rub rail. I've had to scarf in two new pieces of mahogany, but most of the teak has held up fairly well considering she's 43 yrs. old. I opted to sand off the old varnishes/Cetol because some areas under the hardware were standing way proud, but I'm quite pleased with the amount of wood left and the robustness of the wood.
Three problems, though. First, on the boom, I've used the Wisk/bleach combo, tried X14 cleaner and straight bleach to get the mildew and the mildew stains out - when the boom gets wet, you can still see shadows although the mildew smell is gone. Second, on the teak, particularly on the toe rail, there are some areas where water pooled and I have blackened mildew spots 'though the wood is sound. Third, ditto on the mahogany where the metal rub rail guard was, and in addition, now I have two new bright pieces that stand out like a sore thumb. I should add that this boat was in baaaad shape when I bought her - I'm a sucker for the underdog!
So question - I'm planning to use the same as Wendy - Natural Teak Cetol and the high gloss finish - but what is the best cleaning/bleaching product to use with all 4 wood types, and after cleaning do I oil any of the wood to bring back some luster? I'm not sure what products will cause others to fail (like a cleaner or oil under Cetol), so any info anyone could provide would be most appreciated.
Oh, and Wendy, where do I go to see your photos? Dying to get a good look at a finished Cetol product!
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