Wednesday, November 22, 2006

For Reasons that Escape Me Right Now...

I decided to refinish the sole (what you land lubbers would call the floor) of my boat. (The floors of a boat actually hold up the sole - in the same way that the floors in you house hold up the sole of your shoe.)

Anyway, I had to select a non-toxic stripping agent. The citrus stripper I found seems to work OK as long as I do 2 coats. No toxic fumes to live with (except the denatured alcohol I have to clean up with...)

It is complicated by the fact that I can only work on about 2 square feet at a time.

The sole is teak and holly plywood. Pretty typical in a 1970s production sailboat. I have had to stop and repair, or in a few cases replace, small sections of the veneer that forms the top ply of the plywood.

The result of all of this is that the project is progressing VERY slowly. Still I think it will look good when done. And it is forcing me to scrub all of the nooks and crannies with a tooth brush.

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