Tiller Refinishing??

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by sandman, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. sandman

    sandman New Member

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    I am going to refinish my tiller and wanted to see what your thoughts are on the matter.

    I can go smooth and shiney with a UV spar varnish, or use tung or Danish oil and keep it a matt finish. If it is smooth and shiney will it be slippery?

    Suggestions...Ideas??? What does your tiller look like and are you happy with it?
     
  2. Allatoona

    Allatoona Member

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    This winter I sanded my tiller then varnished with Spar Varnish. I found it was not slippery at all, although I typically wear sailing gloves, and often use the tiller extension.

    It does look pretty with the varnish and has kept up very well in salt water.

    I use the Spar Varnish on my big boat and it sits in the sun all year. It needs an extra coat or two every year, it stays in fresh water. I keep my Capri in the garage, so it hasn't shown any wear at all yet.

    -Robert
     
  3. sandman

    sandman New Member

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    Thanks Robert. It was a tough decision but I decided to use Tung oil. Looking at the number and types of scratches on the tiller I thought the smooth finish of urethane might not wear as well. At least for me, when a big scratch appears I have the urge to refinish things over again to get it looking fresh.
    Tung oil will allow me to touch up and nicks or scratches quickly. I will post some pictures when I am finished.
     
  4. cptmoney

    cptmoney New Member

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    Sandman -

    I refinished my tiller with Teak Oil; I think it looks fantastic!

    Let us know how it turns out...
     
  5. pmpetracca

    pmpetracca New Member

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    Cetol

    I am in the process of refinishing my tiller with Cetol Marine to be covered with Cetol Marine Gloss finish.

    Hopefully I will be happy with the results. As I keep my tiller/rudder in the garage, I don't think weathering will be an issue.

    "Cloud 9" #546

    _/)
     
  6. chemprof

    chemprof Member

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    I used Teak Oil. Check this:

    h**p://www.westernwooddoctor.com/teak-oil-vs-spar-varnish.htm

    Both are good -- I just like the idea of a penetrating oil.
     

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