Brightwork; Give one weekend, get years of beauty.
Written by: Steve Ray
Step 1: Bedding and Caulking
All glue joints must be fully sealed, and wood attached to hull or deck surfaces must be properly bedded to prevent moisture intrusion and rot. If joint bedding is suspect and cannot be replaced, we recommend caulking all edges of the piece. If you can insert a piece of paper between the wood and the mounting surface, there will be a problem with moisture intrusion.
Clean the joint with a knife, razor blade, or sandpaper, and flush thoroughly with acetone or lacquer thinner or use CPES to dry and ensure a bond. Allow solvents to completely dry. Mask both edges of joint to be caulked. Add a few inches of tape each side since caulking is very messy . Caulk the entire edge with 3M 5200, forcing into the joint as far as possible with a gloved fingertip, and wipe up all excess with a dry rag, then with a paint thinner wetted rag. Remove masking. Allow curing according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 2: Masking and Removal
Step 3: Prepare and Seal the wood
Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer
(CPES) over the freshly sanded wood. Varnishing over semi-cured CPES will
molecularly glue the paint, primer or varnish to the wood and prevent the oils
in the wood from interfering with the bond of the varnish. Allow solvents in
the CPES to completely evaporate before applying coating. Surface should be dry
to touch. Keep moisture like rain and dew off the surface during the
Step 4: Apply the
|Friday||Day 1;||Mask & Strip. Allow stripper to stay on overnight.|
|Saturday||Day 2;||Strip, Sand and Seal. Apply CPES early enough before dew settles.|
|Sunday||Day 3;||Apply Bristol Finish as described in Application Procedure.|
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The author, Steve Ray, is President of Star Distributing and has over 20 years in classic boat restoration.
This article written by Steve Ray ©2003, All rights reserved.
Bristol Finish, CPES, and Ready-Strip® Marine products listed in this restoration guide are available from:
|Links||About Star Distributing|
Ready-Strip® Marine is trademarked and manufactured by Back to Nature
Products, Englishtown NJ
Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer, CPES is trademarked and manufactured by Smith & Co. of Richmond, CA.
Bristol Finish is trademarked and manufactured by C Tech Marine of Melbourne FL.
3M-4200, 3M-5200, & 3M-5200 Fast Cure are trademarked and manufactured by 3M corp, St. Paul MN