Join Date: Jan 2009
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I agree that this is one subject that you will get many opinions about. If you really want to refinish your brightwork, then I suggest that you go out and get a copy of Brightwork – The Art of Finishing Wood by Rebecca Wittman. IMO, this is the best book on the subject.
We have lived aboard our HC33 for 5 years now, and there are acres of teak to take care of. When we first moved aboard, we decided to refinish all the exterior teak by scraping all the Cetol off, sanding it down, wet sanding with and applying 3 coats of teak oil, and then finishing with 10 coats of Schooners varnish. Of course this was a ton of work, but it looked beautiful.
Then reality set in. We aren’t the type of people that can meticulously keep up with that much varnished brightwork, and if you want it to stay nice, you have to be meticulous about it. Here in Florida, the weather will eat varnish like a cop with a donut. To keep it up, we had to constantly wash it down with fresh water, lightly sand it and recoat it every 3 months at least. After a year and a half, we let it go too long, and it was ruined. We opted to let the cap rail and the side rails (not sure of the name) go bare. So we scraped the remaining varnish off and have been bare on the rails for about 3 and a half years now. The rest of the brightwork is still varnished, and what isn’t covered in Sunbrella needs to be recoated once again.
If you still decide to finish your brightwork, then consider it a labor of love and enjoy!
Don & Diana
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Last edited by remetau; 04-16-2010 at 08:39 AM.