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Old 02-13-2011
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Interior Woodwork restoration

The 34 I have found has a serious need for redoing all the interior timber work.

To put it bluntly it is filthy, everywhere the owner could touch he has touched and left a residue of some sort. What it is I have no idea.

The wood itself is in great condition and in parts he couldnt touch appears to be as good as the day it came out of the factory.

I will try soap and water first, but assuming it needs refinishing, how difficult is it. Does anyone know what the factory uses to finish the wood ( varnish, oil, etc)

The finish does appear to. Be slightly darker than the slightly yellow finish on some ( more mahogany). It is a 94 boat.


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Normally its plain (stained?) unless the owner request otherwise. You can try some very fine sandpaper assuming it's only on the surface.
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Hi James,

As I recall, our 96 was finished with Epifanes Rubbed Effect Varnish, very high quality and easy to use. If you are just applying one or two maintenance coats, the Rubbed Effect is great by itself. If you are starting from bare wood, apply several build up coats of Epifanes Woodfinish Gloss, which does not require sanding between coats, then finish with two or three coats of Rubbed Effect varnish. Follow the instructions closely.

Of coarse, there are other varnishes, but I am pretty sure that's what PSC used on ours.

As to cleaning up stains, there are many points of view. My view is, start gently with a damp cloth. If that doesn't work, I try Method wood finish cleaner. If still no go, try a little paint thinner. Usually one of these does the trick. If the wood is in bad enough shape to require refinishing, be sure to remove any stains that are oil based from the wood with paint thinner before you start sanding, or you will just drive the oil further into the wood with the sandpaper

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Hi James,
Any oils that have absorbed into the wood will darken with age. Additionally, varnishes will have different pigments and finishes from brand to brand, and even batches or age of materials. You will have to experiment in areas to see what you like and how it fits your idea of what you want. Make sure to use plenty of ventilation and get plenty of fresh air after cleaning up all the dust that you can. Let us know what you end up using and please post some picture!
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Unfortunately the current owner and I can't agree on an appropriate price


Still looking

Thanks for the advice
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