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Date Posted: - Wednesday - 01/23/08 - 3:54pm
Author: Mark (AEOLUS)
Subject: Coaming refinishing

I've got my cockpit coamings down to bare wood on my M31 and getting ready to re-varnish them. Anybody got any suggestions on a stain to bring out the beautiful grain of that african mahogany?

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[> Refinishing -- John, - Thursday - 01/24/08 - 12:36pm

I have refinished miles of mahogany, and what I've found works best is to use a good wood filler after stripping to bare wood. I've used Petit light mahogany for all the boats I've worked on, but I'm not sure they make it anymore. So find something similar. I find the dark stains are just too dark. The wood filler acts like a stain and sealer. It's needed for any open grain wood like oak or mahagony. You apply it across the grain , then hand rub it off. Thinned Varnish (50%) can then be applied afterward. If you don't use a wood filler, you will still see an uneven finish even after many coats of varnish.

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[> [> Wood filler -- Mark, - Thursday - 01/24/08 - 6:02pm

Thanks John, and you're right looks like Pettit doesn't carry the "light" any longer, just Brown,Red,& Standard, so I'll check te "Standard" out.

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[> [> any update? -- randall, - Saturday - 02/23/08 - 12:54pm

Hey Mark, any update on the stain you found a best match?

I'm likely going to need to restain the slats on the interior side of the bulkhead, so brand / color suggestions would be great.

Did you stain the cockpit splashboards (or coamings ... not sure the anatomically correct name).

I took them down to bare wood last year and refinished with Sikkens Cetol Marine Light (three coats) and then the clear finish (two coats). Given how muddy Cetol can be, I thought it came out pretty nice. The wood grain was visible, if not bright, and the redish hue grows on you, especially when the much reduced need for finish maintenance is taken into the equation.


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[> [> stain/refinish -- matts, - Monday - 02/25/08 - 10:48pm

It's pretty expensive, but we have found that Epiphanes provides the toughest, most durable finish--

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[> Stain -- Mark(AEOLUS), - Monday - 02/25/08 - 12:11pm

Randall, looks like you're on the "down-hill" run with the project. Looks good as new, nice job. As far as the interior slats go since I replaced all of mine all I had to try and match was the overall interior color. I'm pretty sure I used a "Behr" product from Depot. They have a greater variety of colors to match, and since it's not exposed to the elements I thought a non-marine product would work. I didn't keep very good records of my restorations thru the years I'm not positive but I found an old can still on the boat: "Behr Scandinavian Oil Wood Stain #615 Golden Oak". I'm pretty sure my new slats are philippine mahogany.
I noticed your coamings in the pics and they look great and we all know reduced maintenance is a big factor.

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[> [> Perfect. Will give that a try. Thanks. -- Randall, - Monday - 02/25/08 - 6:00pm

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