DIY Refinishing - Before & After photos

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Sole Refinishing

By Bob Kuba, Quiet Island #1291 (1994)


This sole was refinished with a power orbital sander, and a progression of 100 grit, 150 grit, and 220 grit sandpaper. The sole was deeply scratched and worn both underneath the table and the nav station. I had my doubts as to whether or not I could sand down to the depth of the scratches without going through the teak and holly veneer. They looked terrible the way they were and I felt I had nothing to lose so I started sanding.

They cleaned up better than I thought was possible, given the depth of the scratches. After 3 coats of a marine spar varnish, and 1 coat on the backside, they looked pretty good. These "after" photos were taken 7 years after I refinished the sole. They have held up well.

Before Refinishing - Table Sole fwd
Before Refinishing - Table Sole aft
Table Sole fwd
Table Sole aft
Nav Station Sole
Galley Sole