Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
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Refinishing companionway steps
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.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"