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ratherwhalering posted 01-25-2002 01:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for ratherwhalering   Send Email to ratherwhalering  
I have spent the last 2 weeks stripping, scraping, sanding, sanding, and yes, sanding all the wood on my 87 Montauk. After all was said and done, there were several very small nooks that had residue stains and old varnish. I got the varnish with a heat gun and wire brush, but the discolor remained. Oxolic acid and brightner didn't seem to help, so I tried a portable steamer, (originally purchased for that nasty bathroom grout). WOW, what a difference! The discolor disappeared immediately! After drying, it looks like new! It even cleaned out the discolored joints (not that kind!) in the bow locker hatch and trim. I wish I had thought of this earlier, so I thought I'd post this for others embarking on the long, long, long (but very rewarding) refinishing journey.
peteinsf posted 01-25-2002 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
You mean one of those "as seen on TV" infomercial kind with the sholder strap?
ratherwhalering posted 01-25-2002 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Yep, as seen on T.V., mine actually came as an addition to a carpet steamer.

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