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11-02-2001, 04:56 PM
boat finishers of the WB Forum please take note. I am in the "finsihing stages" on my 15' Whitehall and am looking for ideas for a good finish. The entire hull, inside and out has been treated with CPES, the exterior of the hull has been painted. The question is: What is best to use inside the boat(I would prefer to keep the natural look of the wood). Ideas please!
11-02-2001, 05:10 PM
I'll be interested in seeing the answers, too!
When are you gonna post pictures?
11-02-2001, 05:39 PM
Originally posted by Dennis Pease:
boat finishers of the WB Forum please take note. I am in the "finsihing stages" on my 15' Whitehall and am looking for ideas for a good finish. The entire hull, inside and out has been treated with CPES, the exterior of the hull has been painted. The question is: What is best to use inside the boat(I would prefer to keep the natural look of the wood). Ideas please! I'll be happy to send pictures when I figure out how! Stay tuned....
11-03-2001, 03:45 AM
I hate to be the one to say it, but I believe the original Whitehalls were painted grey on the inside. Check in Gardner's books. I think he talks about color in there. But... I'd probably varnish it, too! LOL
Dennis if you want the "natural" llok of the wood your left with three basic options: Varnish, oil/pinetar, and epoxy encapsulation.
-Unless the boat is plywood I advise againt the epoxy route myself
-Varnish is beutiful and provides substantially more protection than oil. It is of course a bigger pain to apply and upkeep. But as long as you stay on top of it and not let itdeteriote before the next coat, I don't think it's all that bad.
-Oil or pine tar and oil are a great traditional finish. But over time the wood will dull and darken substantially. Also it must be applied frequently at first, and even then the planking may check slightly if exposed to frequest extremes of wet/dry, as you cannot build a protective film to slow moisture exchange with these materials. Best of luck
11-03-2001, 10:49 AM
Thanks all for the suggestions...my family would think I"ve completely lost it if I painted the interior of my boat, but I may paint (grey) the bilge area just under the floor boards,apply a flat varnish to the planking and a bright varnish to the mahogany (sheer plank,risers, thwarts,etc).
Thanks again for your help! I will send pictures when I figure out how...Slan!
11-03-2001, 12:16 PM
Dennis... How do you anticipate using the boat? Will it live outdoors most of the time, exposed to the elements? Will it mostly remain somewhere that is somewhat protected? Do you plan on covering it at all when not in use? Varnish would, by far, be the most attractive, but if it sits outside, uncovered all season, you're gonna be playing dentist scraping off spent varnish in all those nooks and crannies every couple years or so, no matter how carefully you maintain it. Paint would certainly offer the most protection in those circumstances. Still gonna have to "renew" it occasionaly however. Oil offers the easiest upkeep, but as stated above, provides the least protection. If the boat will be used only occasionaly and protected from the elements while in storage, it's a great looking finish and only requires a little scrubbing and another coat or two every so often to keep it up. It WILL darken over time, even if protected, but some might find that a small penalty for not having to "wood" all those hard to get at places on a boat's interior so often. Ain't it great having all these choices? ;-}
11-03-2001, 12:20 PM
Whoops! Just re-read your post. You don't have so many choices after all. If the inside has already been CPESed, then oil isn't an option any longer. That's okay. The varnish is going to be Beautiful! (But if I were you, I'd think REAL hard about making a nice, fitted cover for her...
11-05-2001, 10:13 AM
Dennis, for low maintenance and a quasi varnished look, you could consider Cetol.
Some dislike the color, but I've been happy with it on the sheer strakes and inside of my dinghy.
Hope you'll post pictures.
11-06-2001, 08:29 PM
Thanks again to you all...I will try to post picts when I get the film back from processing http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif
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