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Finishing/Sealing Cabin Sole

Hi there,

I've seen a number of posts on this board about refinishing an old cabin sole.

well the sole in our 40 year old Dufour Arpege is well beyond refinishing and so I bought a new sheet of 12mm Teak and Holly Veneer out of which I plan to cut the replacement pieces.

My questions is: what's the best way to finish it? As far as looks go, I like the way it looks unfinished so really I'm just looking for protection from the elements.

I assume I also need to treat/seal/finish the cut edges and bottom of the plywood too. Is the same treatment recommended there?

Thanks for taking time to help a first time boat owner.

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Finishing/Sealing Cabin Sole

I am interested in what others say as well. We used Ultimate Sole which was fantastic (any what I would recommend) but the company is now out of business and I have not been able to find this product around. In the land based world, it was called Gym Seal. I believe the formulation has been banned due to high VOC's. Maybe Dalys Teak Oil instead???
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Re: Finishing/Sealing Cabin Sole

I refinished my veneered sole by sanding the decent areas and stripping the bad areas and then using semi-gloss varnish. Seems to be holding up well. I have heard others recommend using a poleyurethane designed for finishing hardwood floors in homes. The poly should be more durable.
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Re: Finishing/Sealing Cabin Sole

Thanks for the advice so far.

I just got a copy of the 'West Systems Users Manual' and one of the things they describe is 'Epoxy Barrier coating'. Is that an effective and appropriate treatment for a new veneer cabin sole?

Both for the underside/edges and for the veneer side?

How many coats of epoxy would you recommend for the underside and cut edges (which aren't constantly wet, but are facing the bilge and so are surely occasionally damp).

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Re: Finishing/Sealing Cabin Sole

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Thanks for the advice so far.

I just got a copy of the 'West Systems Users Manual' and one of the things they describe is 'Epoxy Barrier coating'. Is that an effective and appropriate treatment for a new veneer cabin sole?

Both for the underside/edges and for the veneer side?

How many coats of epoxy would you recommend for the underside and cut edges (which aren't constantly wet, but are facing the bilge and so are surely occasionally damp).

Thanks
They are talking about something like Interprotect 2000 which is a 2-part gray paint. So that would be used on the bottom to seal it from moisture. No way you want to use that on the top veneer.
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