Newbie Question. Interior Wood

equinoxuk

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Hi,

Recently picked up a late 80's early 90's Fairline for pottering around on the Thames.

Im refurbishing the interior new upholstery carpet etc.

Whilst in their thought I might as well refinish the wood. How would they have left the factory would the wood have been waxed, oiled or stained / varnished ?

Many Thanks :)
 

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Stained and maybe varnished, but remember that many owners may have added their own , I had a old interior for 40 years and had to sand down gently to bare wood or veneer and re varnish all. maybe take a small area and see how far you can go .
 

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It will have been sprayed with a quick drying lacquer which gives that even, flat, thin finish that is generally spoiled when you try and overcoat if with yacht varnish. You will have seen that sort of thing on secondhand boats, it gives an uneven, thick, toffee like effect. Specialists can get superb high gloss and matt sheen effects but that is not for the most of us.

I have revived bulkheads in the past by using a lint free rag to apply a thin coating of Danish Oil. This gives a matt effect and is not entirely great because it is not particularly robust and tends to pick up dirt in the long run. If there are no black stains under the original finish you could also try Woodskin using it in the same manner. You can key if with fine emery cloth first.

Stripping off the original coating is not to be taken lightly as it is hard to get even colour. Last time I did it I replaced with a couple of coats of Cetol Novatech (similar to Woodskin but available in a range of tints - and cheaper) and have refreshed it since.

Let us know how you get on.
 

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Thanks gents glad I asked before making a mess of it.

There isn't any black areas under the finish.

Assume you mean International Woodskin but apply it with a lint free cloth rather than a brush ?
 

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Most of the motor boat manufacturers at that time lacquered the wood and then waxed it. So you will need to remove the wax before lightly sanding the lacquer. I would try and find out which lacquer was used and then refinish with the same and then wax.

The lacquer that many manufacturers used was from Morrells Woodfinishes Ltd, Wellington Works, Mill Lane, Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire. SK6 1RN. The one most used is this one:
https://www.morrells.co.uk/products...0-low-odour-high-build-acid-catalyst-lacquer/
 

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I'm almost finishing doing a full interior wood re-finish of the fwd companionway, galley and up to the saloon. Been a part time on and off horrendous job. Initially started some doors and a bulkhead with Epifanes high gloss which I matted back slightly to give a satin finish - lovely. Then was convinced to use Ronseal which looked ok but didn't have the same depth of colour so stripped that off and carried on with the Epifanes. I've a few more sections to finish off then it'll be done. Not something I'll ever wish to repeat.
 

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I'm almost finishing doing a full interior wood re-finish of the fwd companionway, galley and up to the saloon. Been a part time on and off horrendous job. Initially started some doors and a bulkhead with Epifanes high gloss which I matted back slightly to give a satin finish - lovely.
Why would you do that when their Rubbed Effect gives a lovely satin finish out of the tin?
 

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I would advise against sanding if the bulkheads are veneered, use a scraper and do it carefully practising elsewhere first.
 
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