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09-16-2012 09:33 PM
baboon
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

I agree. It is not just that it is too perfect, but also it very hard to duplicate or repair over time. I assume much of it is sprayed on at the factory prior to assembly. Glossy surfaces also show wear much faster. I have been very happy with my oiled teak interior. It has held up well over 40 years and can be refinished in less than a day.
09-16-2012 07:57 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

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Matching factory applied glossy finishes is hard, it often takes a lot of trial and error. I have done it before, but it takes patience.
Does anyone else out there find the new factory wood finishes a bit TOO perfect? I find the teak on Hunters et.al. is so flawless that it looks like Arborite. I much prefer hand applied varnish with all it's imperfections.
09-16-2012 07:53 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

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Aw come on, it would add 'character'.

I just finished a similar issue on a table I had... worked great, but of course, everyone is entitled to a brain fart or two every once in a while.
I use it all the time on pieces I can bring home but it never gets NEAR my boat. Onboard, Scotchbrite pads are a decent substitute.
09-16-2012 12:29 PM
cupper3
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

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Cups, Cups, Cups - you know better - STEEL wool has NO place on a boat, ever, under any circumstances.

Unless you want it to look like it has chicken pox that is.
Aw come on, it would add 'character'.

I just finished a similar issue on a table I had... worked great, but of course, everyone is entitled to a brain fart or two every once in a while.
09-16-2012 09:19 AM
Tweegs
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

From what I could see in the pics, the damage looks relatively minor. I would try using a product like “Liquid Gold” or “Old English” that you can find at most grocery or home improvement stores. Teak oil could also be used, but it will stain any laminate it comes in contact with. All are oils that will help clean and recondition the wood. They will cause the scratches to darken and blend in more with the surrounding wood.

Use blue painters tape to mask off any laminate, moisten a rag with the oil, and just wipe the wood down. Easy, cheap, and you may well be satisfied with the results.
09-16-2012 03:45 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

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Good lord.... that doesn't even qualify as patina... leave it alone!

However, you may want to test emory cloth or a very fine steel wool. You will probably have to stain everything if you want all to match.
Cups, Cups, Cups - you know better - STEEL wool has NO place on a boat, ever, under any circumstances.

Unless you want it to look like it has chicken pox that is.
09-16-2012 02:11 AM
mitiempo
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

Any Beneteau I have worked on is veneer (thin) over plywood. The finish is hard to match though. The actual countertops are laminate - Formica or similar.
09-16-2012 01:08 AM
baboon
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

That is a good point, I looked at a Beneteau recently and some of the cabinets did look like laminate or veneer over something that was not quite plywood, but I do not know if it was MDF. Do they have HDF, VHDF? Pressed compacted used wine casks?
09-15-2012 09:39 PM
cupper3
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

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Also, lots of "wood" on newer boats is a thin veneer over ply or MDF. You have to be very carefull working with it as it can ben damaged by too much sanding or stripping. The trim pieces should be solid, but the larger flat areas, like the nav station top, could be very thin.
Plywood I can understand, but MDF? That's scary. That stuff won't stand up in a humid environment for any length of time.

See manufacturers MDF manual here. If any boat manufacturer is using it, they should be outed now!
09-15-2012 09:01 PM
Flybyknight
Re: Seeking interior laminate advice

Now that we see your pics, and in light of the original question, I strongly recommend that you follow Kd3pc, and cupper3s advice and don't mess it up. Refinishing trim work like that is best left up to the pros.
For example, do you know that the pros find a brand new Badger Hair brush useless unless it is "broken in"!
That's openers.
BTW, I think that you have found yourself one fine boat.
dick
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