page describes C34 owners' Brightwork Refinishing
I just got done refinishing the exterior teak on
"Cat Tales" and am really happy with the
result, and I am no painter! I used Sikkens Cetol Marine
SRD translucent satin, but added a gob of Pettit Red
Mahogany Paste Wood Filler (#7666) to give the Cetol
some life. Plain Cetol is brown and boring, and the
Pettit product really livens it up. I used this same
combination a year ago and I get a lot of positive
Thought I would pass along the following advice for
those getting ready for the fall maintenance work.
Brightwork Refinishing Steps:
Remove all hardware such as lock hasps, snaps, and
Sand the old finish with 180-grit wet/dry sandpaper
until you can see the grain of the wood. (There is no
reason to go to a finer grade of sandpaper, as the
grain of most brightwork is fairly open.)
If any hole plugs have swollen, use a razor-blade
style paint scraper to shape down the tops. Sand the
plug flush with the wood. (Raised plugs can really
make the finish coat look bad!)
Vacuum up all the dust you have created, and wipe
the wood down with a clean cloth shop towel.
Add Pettit filler to the Cetol until you have the
color you are looking for. Stir thoroughly to get the
Pettit filler in suspension, and then stir every 20-30
minutes as you work.
Apply the Cetol/Pettit mixture with a 1 inch or 1.5
inch foam brush per the Cetol directions. Wipe up
Apply a second coat an hour later. (Instructions say
wait 24 hours, but I have had no problems by just
waiting until it is tacky.) This second coat will
almost completely fill the grain.
Use acetone to clean up spills you missed, or to
areas that you over brushed.
Come back the next day, admire your work, and decide
if you feel you have good enough coverage. If you
decide that you need a third coat, use a fresh foam
brush, stir the Cetol thoroughly, and apply. If the
finish looks okay, reinstall the hardware, and call
-Keep the can of paint on top of its own rag to avoid
scratches and drips.
-Wipe up spills immediately with another rag.
-Keep a stick in the can to make stirring easy.
-Use a sheet of sandpaper as a shield when brushing
near other surfaces.
-Donít bother with masking tape as the Cetol will
wick underneath it. Just brush carefully and clean up
Fair Winds and Nice Finishes!
Toivo Mykkanen, "Cat Tales", Lake Coeur
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