Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
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I have recently acquired a sailboat with teak cockpit coamings and caprail. Previous owner had used cetol on it. The cetol is mostly gone on the sun-exposed areas but intact in the shaded ones. So one side of the coaming is almost all bare teak and other has substantial sections with intact cetol. Caprail tops are almost bare and sides are intact. Originally I was thinking of stripping the whole thing and applying varnish. I spent some time this weekend heat gunning till finish bubbles a little and scraping with a "red devil" scraper. After a couple of hours of this work, the enormity of the task has finally started to dawn on me. The scraped areas have a ghastly orange look and I am hoping it will go away with some weathering and/or chemical stripping. I am beginning to wonder if I can just salvage the current situation without resorting to wholesale stripping of the entire area.
My question is , can I just apply more cetol to the areas where its worn off or do I need to strip all the old stuff and then apply cetol or varnish from bare wood ?
Also I plan to paint the deck non-skid with Interlux brightside with silica sand sprinkled in. Should I do the wood first or the deck paint first ?