I have a 1959 Chris Craft Conqueror. The finish (looks like a varnish, but I think it may be Cetol) on the deck is beginning to peel, so it's time to strip and refinish.
Yes, if I can get my hands on some Colean I'll try that... but I'm not heading to England soon, and I left my Toplicht catalog in Annapolis.
That said, in looking at the deck, I've noticed that every third seam is a polysulfide of some sort, but the other seams look to be painted on. In other words, what it looks like is that the planks are actually close to four inches wide, but paint has been used to give the appearance of inch and a quarter planks.
So my question for the experts is, what sort of paint (if it is in fact paint) should I use? I know that once I start sanding, whatever is there will be gone, so I don't want to start sanding until I know what to replace it with. Does anyone have any experience with an old Chris?
And by the way.... YES, I KNOW that decks should either be "real", that is, thick planking with real caulk, or canvas/dynel and painted. I know that veneer over ply will fail some day, so things should be done "right". But please keep in mind, this boat has been this way since JFK was a Senator, so what I'm looking to do is refinish the deck "as built". Sure, I know they shouldn't have put veneer over ply back when cars had fins, but they DID, and I'm trying to do the same. So I guess I'm really wondering how they did it!