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Refinishing companionway steps

Here's a pic of the the refinished companionway steps. I've not decided if I need more non-skid-ness, if so I will try the self-adhesive 3m tape.

I stripped the steps chemically, sanded, and applied a light layer of Varathane Golden Mahogany stain. To get a light layer, rub this on with a tissue, don't brush. Then 3 coats of Minwax Quick Drying Poly, in semi-gloss, sanding with 400 between coats.

I am planning to apply the same process to the salon floor.

What I like is that they don't scream "just varnished" when you put them in the boat. The finish blends in well with the rubbed varnish interior.

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Re: Refinishing companionway steps

Looks great... btw did you know you can get the nonskid self adhesive strips in clear??
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Re: Refinishing companionway steps

No I didn't... I did notice that Jamestown Distributors sells it by length so I don't have to buy a 50m reel...

I forgot to mention that I did try sweating out some of the dents... worked quite well (they came out maybe to 1/3 of their original depth) and then filled the remainder.
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Re: Refinishing companionway steps

Has anyone tried adding something like the Interlux non-skid to varnish? I think the little plastic spheres would become mostly clear in varnish. Not that I would actually do that on my boat. I actually like falling down the steps now and then.
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I've heard of that being done... haven't ruled it out either...
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Re: Refinishing companionway steps

Don't use the non-skid strips. Your work is beautiful and they're ugly! Like taking a shower and putting on dirty underwear afterward.

I routed two 1/4" strips into each tread and inserted sacrificial ash strips with a drop of epoxy on each end. The strips are 1/8" proud of the tread and are unfinished. They grab bare and shod feet nicely and we've never slipped on any heel or in wetness.

It's an idea that Sabre uses on their new boats and that I retrofitted to ours. You can see them in the following link:

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Re: Refinishing companionway steps

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...I stripped the steps chemically, sanded, and ...
Great work! Looks very nice.
Which "chemical" did you use to strip the old stuff?

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Re: Refinishing companionway steps

I used good old methylene chloride-based stripper.. the strongest I could find. It's really nasty though. Used two pairs of latex gloves, and a chemical vapour respirator, and still felt a bit odd at one point. Next time for the floor, it's going to be soy-based stripper even if it does take a lot longer.

Sabreman - looks very nice as does the whole interior. Did you do anything with the sole? Any tips for someone about to embark on refinishing it?
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Refinishing companionway steps

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I sanded the sole with 220 grit on a 5" random orbit sander connected to a ShopNVac. I replaced the sanding disks every 2 or 3 linear feet (translation: often), sanding enough to scuff the floor evenly. I vacuumed the entire floor and then let the dust settle and shut the hatches. Then I tacked the entire floor.

Starting at the front, in bare feet I applied Minwax Spar Urethane with a good china bristle brush. Do not squeeze excess finish on the can's edge, tap the brush on the inside of the can. Do not dip the brush more than 1/2" in the finish. Working continuously, I worked backward toward the companionway, tacking each section as I moved. The last 2' are always a challenge as I climb on the quarter berth or chart table seat to get the last sections, but it's fun contortion.

Many people will wax poetically on various finish brands but i find that a spar urethane is easy to apply, is virtually indestructible and easy to find.
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Re: Refinishing companionway steps

I see, so you just sanded enough to key the new varnish, rather than going back to the veneer?
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