…before it can look better. Currently stripping the varnish from the rub rail in order to re-do it. Think I’ll be oiling it in the future rather than varnishing, as it’s much easier to keep in good shape and it is a working part of the boat, after all. Besides which, that’s what my dockmaster recommends and as he’s one of the best shipwrights around, I’ll follow advice rather than winging it. No sense learning ALL of my lessons the hard way!
And I’ve graduated up to using actual chemicals for varnish removal rather than the tedious hand-sanding method I chose last year. I do know my limits ~ there are several things with which I should not be allowed to play: bleach, expanding foam, and most solvents. Each has resulted in minor disasters in the past ~ something about “if I can’t see immediate results, I must need MORE.”
But I’m learning a little bit of patience (for instance, I’m blogging while letting the stripper do it’s work, rather than impatiently chipping away at the wood…yay, me!) and that seems to be improving my project successes.