Bleaching Antique and Classic Boat Decks

Staining April 12, 2020 No Comments

Bleaching Antique and Classic Boat Decks

A.) After stripping, sand the entire boat with 60 grit, followed by 80 grit, maybe as high as 100 grit.

 

B.) Now that the wood is ready for bleaching, tape off the area to be bleached.

 

C.) I prefer to do the bleaching and sealing before the dark stain is applied. Any splatters of the darker stain can be easily removed with paint thinner.

I use a two-part bleach after the last sanding.

The wood grain is clean and the dark areas are quite visible. At this time the grain is open to allow the bleach to penetrate deeper.

 

D.) Carefully mix the 2 parts and apply with a chip brush.

 

E.) After the area dries, gently sand with 120grit to remove the residue that oxidizes on the surface. Be sure to wear a mask when sanding after bleaching. More often than not, several applications of the bleach are necessary.

For those that want the rich amber color like Chris Craft’s often have, we then use Corina Blonde filler stain.

 

F.) After the stain dries overnight, we then seal the area with Interlux Interprime #1026.

 

G.) Now LIGHTLY sand with 320 grit and apply 1 coat of varnish.

 

H.) At this time we remove the tape and reverse the tape and stain procedure for the darker surrounding color. This way, any splatters of the darker stain is easily wiped off.

 

I.) After the other wood is stained, sealed, and 1 coat of varnish applied, now is the time I like to fill the deck seams.

 

J.) For blond decks like the Chris Craft Continental, fill the seams with
white Sikaflex 291 LOT.

 

As the varnish is applied, the Sikaflex turns amber in color and blends into the surrounding blond wood.

 

 

K.) After all varnish is applied the seams can be striped.

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    I would like the name, address and phone number of anybody who has ever fiberglassed a wood boat bottom. You're on the naughty list! ... See MoreSee Less

    3 months ago

    I would like the name, address and phone number of anybody who has ever fiberglassed a wood boat bottom.  Youre on the naughty list!

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    absolutely not. He's the hero of today. Without his job, the boat would possibly have been scrapped. With the plastic on, the boat could live on til today. So - thank you mr Plastic to save a boat for the future 🙂

    Ouch!!!

    Brian, you need one of these.

    Brian Keen … he is on the naughty list!

    Heaters under the boat and heat it up, easier pull off in full sheets

    There’s a whole lot of them out West

    Looking like the fun just started

    Post this in the Chris craft group and just sit back and watch the comment thread…. 🙂

    Totally agree, kills a boat.

    Naughty list? Should be banned to an empty island!!

    Eric Smith 🤪

    I saw a Garwood 4 years ago. Entire boat was done in West system. From 4 feet away you would never of known, had to catch the light just right to see it.

    Richard Harris

    Well sometimes there are 2 choices. Use the boat, have fun with family and friends, or burn it in a bonfire. Life is to short!!

    Really better to re-plank. Fiberglass short term fix and going to add a lot extra weight.

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    Yeah your right you never fiberglass a wooden boat at any time all

    My 18 ft Cavalier came from the factory with the optional fiber glassed bottom. Cost $35 in 1959 according to the hull card and price list.

    Worst. Ever. Run don't walk from the chance to buy a boat with that mess on it.

    Works for a while...

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    I worked with Richard Arnold for a year in Florida. I was very sorry to hear if his passing today. He will be missed. He was a character and a skilled wood worker. I learned from him in the short time we worked together and I hope he thought that we had some fun. Happy sailing Mr. Arnold! ... See MoreSee Less

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    I worked with Richard Arnold for a year in Florida.  I was very sorry to hear if his passing today.  He will be missed.  He was a character and a skilled wood worker.  I learned from him in the short time we worked together and I hope he thought that we had some fun.  Happy sailing Mr. Arnold!

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    my condolences

    I am sorry to hear this. We went to his shop every year while in Mt Dora. and had some great food during his open house each year thanks to his chef. And who could not love his historic workshop in Taveras. I was sorry to see his business close and lost contact after that.

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    Is that my buddy?!? 💕

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    Hi Joel.

    Still at it!

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    We have the best gold leaf girl back in the saddle after many years away. ... See MoreSee Less

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    Working for you guys has always been more special to me than I can put into words. Thanks for having me back! ❤️

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    Congratulations, Sheila! Glad to hear you’re back at it.

    A lost art ❤️Great Job💯

    Yay someone else doing it!!!! Where are you located Sheila?

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