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reeltime2 posted 06-08-2000 03:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for reeltime2   Send Email to reeltime2  
Is the wood on my 1986 15 ft s.s. mahogany or teak? the seats console and side boars all apear to be the same type of wood. I always assumed it was teak but after reading the post on refinising wood im not sure. When I got my boat it had white house paint on it ive stiped it down and applied teak oil its been that way ever sience finis is ok but not spectacular. I dident want to varnish right away because I still had trace amounts of white paint embeded in the grain, most of it has come off due to it being unfinished (oil only) over time. Am I doing damage leaving it un varnished? How many of you guys are useing oil instead of varnish or similar products? I would realy like it to look as original as poss.
Thanks in advance for your replies,
hauptjm posted 06-08-2000 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
From what I understand, your wood is mahogony. The guys in my area use varnish. But not until the surface is perfectly prepped. You can oil mahogony, but will not of course, get the look you probably want. I have teak on my 18, and won't use anything but oil. Different woods have diffferent oil content. Both Mahog. & teak are great in marine applications. A properly prepped and finished piece of Mahog. is one of the most beautiful woods for any application.
Fred posted 06-14-2000 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fred  Send Email to Fred     
I have a 13 with mahogany that I am replacing and have been doing alot of research on the finish stages. I have decided to go with a process that West Systems has suggested. It has an epoxy base and a Z-spar varnish over it. Go to and take a look. They also have a tech line that was a great wealth of information.
Some just use varnish, but you have to put alot more coats on.
lhg posted 06-14-2000 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
All of the wood on the Super Sport models was always varnished Philippine Mahogany. Teak oil is not a recommended finish for mahogany and won't look very good on it. You should varnish, but before you do, I would highly recommend that you ORBITAL SAND all surfaces down to bare, reddish color wood, to get rid of ultra violet damage (bleaches out color), the paint residue and oil residue. Elsewhere on this site you can find recommendations for several different varnishing procedures. There are many pictures on this site showing beautifully varnished Whaler mahogany interior components.

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