Join Date: Oct 2004
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I have found through experience that a hot air gun will make an otherwise very difficult scraping job, much easier. It takes a little practice to determine how long to keep the blower in one spot, but once in the groove, follow with a sharp scraper and the 7 years of Cetol will come off in ribbons.
Sand smooth with 80 grit paper, remove dust with tack cloths and rub all bare teak with an acetone wipe down, prior to applying your first sealer coat. I have so much teak on my boat's exterior, I resorted to hiring Antiguan pros.
They showed me a few tricks, which I used for stripping my pilothouse interior. I left all the exterior stripping work to them though - best decision I've made, saving the gratifying job of applying a new finish to my own labors of joy.
As Mitch stated, extensive threads have covered this topic - usually degenerating into a varnish vs Cetol debate.
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