What’s the Deal!?!

3 Aug

I don’t get it! At our little cabin in the woods, I have been stripping and varnishing various pieces of Bushranger’s brightwork (remember that ‘brightwork’ is a cool name that ‘those-of-us-in-the-know’ use when we talk about a boat’s teak and woodwork — don’t I sound nautical?!). Now, you need to remember that ‘Cetol’, the varnish I’ve been using for the exterior wood, needs very specific temperatures and humidity to work properly.  In fact, I messed it up about a month ago by varnishing some pieces on the covered back deck of our log cabin when, thanks to our friend ‘Murphy’, it started to rain. I thought, stupidly as it turned out, that being under cover would make the varnish cure just fine. HA! No chance. All that varnish never dried.  All it did was get tacky. Eventually, I had to remove it all and start again.

So, I was NOT going to make that mistake again! I waited until I was sure it wasn’t going to rain, and I even lined up all the wood pieces next to the open door of the cabin, so the lovely air-conditioned air from the cabin would keep the temperature and humidity at an acceptable level. I re-stripped seven pieces of wood, re-sanded them, applied the appropriate solvent to prep the wood, then gently put on the first layer of ‘Cetol’. I swear I was careful! All seven pieces were done at the same time and in the same relative place. So, why is it that six of the seven pieces varnished beautifully, while the seventh has remained tacky?!? What’s the deal!?!

Go figure… why is it that the grate on the right (plus three hand-rails, an engine instrument case and a radar stand) dried beautifully, while the ladder is still tacky after 30+ hours!!?!

4 Responses to “What’s the Deal!?!”

  1. Ward August 3, 2012 at 16:52 #

    You may find that the wood of the ladder has ingrained oil and diesel from boots, despite surface cleaning and this will have some efffect on its dryability. Just a thought. Keep up the good work.

    • The Robinsons August 3, 2012 at 16:58 #

      Thanks Ward! I kind of thought that the ladder was not the original ladder, and was of a different kind of wood. Do you know if mahogany would react differently from teak?

  2. jdepodwin August 3, 2012 at 18:44 #

    I think this has gone this way just to try your patience “a little bit more.” Hang in there. Bushranger will be afloat in no time.

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