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Refinishing Tartan 30 Cabin sole
I am planning to refinish the cabin sole on my 1978 Tartan 30. It is not the typical teak and holly sole, but plywood that has been fitted down into the contour of the cabin floor. I am assuming the veneer is teak, but that is just an assumption. I am told that some of these boats had cork as a non-skid sole but I am sure that this is not cork. My questions are:
How should I remove the remaining finish, heat gun or can I use a chemical stripper (like soy-strip) or will that effect the new finish?
There is a good deal of dirt and oxidation in the wood; what is the best way to get it out? Scrubbing with Murphy's oil soap? Teak cleaner?
Is there a safe way to sand without going through the veneer to get a smooth surface for the finish, and
What finish should I use?
I would appreciate whatever advice you could give.