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lbdavis 03-27-2008 10:42 PM

bleaching veneer
 
Can my cockpit sole be saved?

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...s/IMG_0218.jpg

I used a heat gun and scraped the varnish off the end of one:

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...s/IMG_0221.jpg

If I bleach these with some oxalic acid, will they look much better?

LB

sailingdog 03-27-2008 10:49 PM

They probably will... but only by trying it will you really know. What did you spill on them? Might be worth sanding them very, very lightly with a very fine grade of sandpaper, if they are indeed veneer.

artbyjody 03-27-2008 10:52 PM

You can look at the edges which are not very clear in the photo... if they still have the holly versus teak motif on the edges - it is actually solid... and you can sand at will and stain and get almost 90% perfection out of it... its veneer if the edges have some kind of plywood or doesn't continue the teak - holly grain...I think from the pics its solid and not veneer...

lbdavis 03-27-2008 11:09 PM

not solid
 
Sadly, they are veneer:

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...s/IMG_0223.jpg

Here's the piece from my v-berth sole. I'd love to think I could restore to this level:

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...s/IMG_0222.jpg

Do you think I could hand sand with a 220-grit? If so, should I bleach first?

Freesail99 03-27-2008 11:13 PM

I would use bleach first and then 300 or 400 wet sand paper. It is much finer and will last a lot longer then normal sandpaper.

artbyjody 03-27-2008 11:20 PM

What Freesail said.. wet sand ... put a good Min Wax covering on it... it'll look awesome.. BTW I did a bit of a test with the minwax poly clear, on some projects and left them out to weather...(PNW rain rain rain)... they upheld really well...it'll do you right...

lbdavis 03-27-2008 11:49 PM

Minwax? Really? I sure like the sound of that (read price). Is that my best option for protecting this harshly treated surface?

I'll go with the bleach then wet sand and post some pics when its done.

BTW, Dawg, nothing was spilled per se, just a lot of neglect by the PO.

sailingdog 03-27-2008 11:57 PM

LB-

Look forward to seeing the newly rejuvenated sole. :)

artbyjody 03-27-2008 11:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lbdavis (Post 290541)
Minwax? Really? I sure like the sound of that (read price). Is that my best option for protecting this harshly treated surface?

I'll go with the bleach then wet sand and post some pics when its done.

BTW, Dawg, nothing was spilled per se, just a lot of neglect by the PO.

I SWEAR by it.. seriously - you can not go wrong...

GBurton 03-28-2008 05:48 PM

Gym seal works well too


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