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timmyb posted 05-29-2002 03:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for timmyb   Send Email to timmyb  
ok i just researched the reference section,i got a 13 foot mahogany side console i need to clean up the worn spots what do i do?
sand then spar varnish or what is it covered with,not looking to do a pristine job but a good one.
Cpt Quint posted 05-29-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
This is controverseal. Varnish seals/ chokes the wood. I have been cleaning mine and using a darkened teak oil on the finish. This is more maintainence but i think the wood ends up looking more vibratant and nourished.
OutrageMan posted 05-29-2002 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Here you go...


jameso posted 05-30-2002 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
I used Min-Wax spar varnish on my wood, fairly easy to apply, looks good, and I can buy it anywhere.
Jim Armstrong
walth posted 05-30-2002 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for walth  Send Email to walth     
I just got beautiful results with a '70 Sport helm and other wood. Strip all old finish until no shiny spots appear. Fill holes with wood filler. Sand smooth. Stain with stain compatible with Helmsman Marine Varnish (ACE and other hardware stores). Varnish with Helmsman, steel wool to remove shine using 000 steel wool. Second coat same. Third coat move to 0000 steel wool. Iwent to five coats on flat, up-facing surfaces and four on the rest. The bad news is it took roughly 40 hours. The good news is it looks incredible.
ewalsh posted 05-31-2002 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for ewalsh  Send Email to ewalsh     
I don't know if the 13 console is the same as the 17 SS console, but if it is, be VERY careful not to sand too much. The majority of the console is a laminated plywood. I sanded right through the laminate in some spots and results are not pretty.

Good luck, Ed

walth posted 06-04-2002 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for walth  Send Email to walth     
The older 13 Sport consoles have only one plywood board - the front panel where the switches go. All the rest is solid mahogany. Mine is a 24000 series, 1968 model. I had a big color difference where the old steering was - no sun effect. By sanding down about 1/16 in. it all became uniform. I felt 5 coats of varnish was about right. I have no idea how durable this is going to be.
kingfisher posted 06-04-2002 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfisher  Send Email to kingfisher     
I have a 68 Nausset. Full mohagany console. Some of it is solid wood, some laminate. I used a red mohagany stain, it is darker than the original but hides some of the wood blemishes. Every two years or so, I take the Helmsman Polyurethane down a few coats with sanding and reapply 4-5 coats. Seems like most people use a varnish but I have had good results with the Outdoor Polyurethane.

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