Join Date: Dec 2004
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
good topic, and timely for me, too....
On Sail-La-Vie, the previous owner applied multiple coats of linseed oil as a finish. Looks ok, but never seems to dry, and always feels tacky to the touch. To make matters worse, in the hot humid summer weather, the finish supports mildew growth. I've been wiping down the surfaces with acetone, and it seems to remove the tacky gloss, so it's OK for now.
Longer term, I'd like to finish over with the new clear cetol gloss. I think it would look good, plus it wouldn't feel tacky or promote mildew. I'm not sure how to prep the surface though... I'm thinking that I'll keep up the acetone wiping for a while, cause I'm not looking forward to using any two part cleaners or lots of rinsing chemicals inside the boat. The wood is a bit dark, but without more chemicals to bleach the surface, I may just need to live with it...