|Tara applies a coat of Natural Teak Cetol on the bowsprit|
On June 26th we began stripping the exterior wood starting with cabin-top handrails and eyebrow which are now finished. The stairs were removed and also refinished during this time. Stripping was done mostly with Tara using a heat gun and sharpened putty knife. This is being followed by sanding the rest off with 60-80 grit sandpaper and then a finish sanding with 150 and then 220 grit. A good wipe-down is then done with acetone before we tape and apply the first coat. Saturday, August 5th, we finally finished prepping the starboard cap-rail, rub-rail & bowsprit and got the first coat on. After much research and debate we decided to stay with Cetol putting down 3 coats of Natural Teak before 3 coats of Clear Gloss. It's looking good!
|Old Cetol Peeling Off|
Going forward we're planning to do a light sanding and put down a layer of the Clear Gloss once or twice a year. Completely stripping and re-finishing everything ourselves will hopefully help us stick to that plan. I'm certainly hopeful this is the last time we'll do this to Junovia.