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Interior finish

I own a 1975 Lancer 25, trailer sailor. The interior wood (I am assuming teak) needs to be refinished. I have "teaking" oil but what's wrong with putting on a nice smooth layer of polyurethane or something. Keep in mind, this is a small, 35 year old boat. Most folks in this forum probably have more in electronics that I have in the boat!!
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you could always do it the old fashioned way. remove the old varnish (if its in bad shape) and apply a couple of new coats. Small boats usually means its a small project. Unless the whole interior is covered in teak.
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If ou sand BE CAERFUL the veneers are very thin in some.marc
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I think high gloss polys show every single imperfection in the wood surface and your application technique.
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If it's truly wood and not Formica, you could lightly sand off the old finish with fine sandpaper and an orbital sander, then refinish with semi-gloss spar-varnish.

If it's Formica, wipe it down with soap and water, rinse it thoroughly, then coat it with a single coat of semi-gloss spar-varnish. It will look great for many years to come.

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The interior is really in pretty good condition. A couple of spots could stand sanding but precious few. The POs too pretty good care of the interior, for the most part.

So, what I'm gathering is that most folks think that it already has a flat or semi-gloss on it already? That will make it easy. I'll probably use a spray finish like "Helmsman" or a quality polyurethane. The Formica is dated so I'd like to reapply a new color/pattern that doesn't scream "Shagadellic Bayyybe!"
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At least you don't have 'shaggadelic' mohair hanging off the overhead! I remember a Reinell 26 that did....

Some of the teak cleaning products around might lighten the finish first.. lots of the older 'oiled teak' interiors get pretty dark over time.
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If it's teak, personally, especially on a small boat I would use either 'clear' or 'satin' urethane for a rubbed effect finish - not gloss or semi-gloss. Urethane is more durable than varnish and easier to apply. It requires fewer coats (3) to look great. The softer finish will give the interior a warmer feeling and reveal far fewer imperfections.

Trick is obviously not to destroy the veneer while removing the old finish. Depending on how thick/hard the currrent coating is, a heat gun can work wonders. Just be careful not to gouge the surface with a scraper. Otherwise, sand lightly - you don't need to strip this down to bare wood to get a good result.

If your bulkheads are formica, don't be afraid to paint them. They can turn out great. Depending on your taste, a white Herreshoff-style interior with teak trim can make a small boat feel much bigger and even more yachty.
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