After refinishing the mast, the next project was much bigger, all the teak cap rails, gunwales, bow pulpit and Samson post, 2 sets of steps to the bridge, handrails on the aft cabin and trim on the brow — whew! Makes me tired thinking about it.
We worked on the boat in sections, following the same process in each section. Steve was in charge of sanding. First, he used a heat gun and scraper to get as much of the old finish off as possible. We were surprised how effective this technique was in removing the layers of old Cetol. Next, he sanded with 80-100 grit sandpaper, finishing off with 220 sandpaper.
After much research and looking at several boats in our marina, we decided to use Sikkens Cetol Marine Natural Teak and Sikkens Cetol Marine Gloss. One of the benefits of the Cetol products is that you don’t have to sand between coats as long as it is within 2 weeks. We applied 2 coats of the Cetol Natural Teak and 3 coats of the Cetol Marine Gloss allowing each coat to try for 24 hours.
A couple of things we learned on this project is buy GOOD brushes. Cheap brushes sometimes shed and don’t give the nice finish that others do. We chose Badger brushes and were happy with the outcome. The other big thing we learned is buy the right masking tape. We started our project with a generic blue painters tape and after several days on fiberglass (in the heat, no less), it was difficult to get the adhesive off. So we had to find another tape that wouldn’t leave such a mess. After some research we started using 3M Edge Lock 2080EL and no more mess!
The project took us about 2 months to complete and it was a huge improvement to our trawler.
Here are a few more pictures of the project: