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Justin
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Initially Posted - 01/17/2006 :  08:55:26  Show Profile  Visit Justin's Homepage
I wanted to post some pictures of what Howard's Restor-A-Finish looks like. I did a lot of research in the archives prior to deciding on what to use on the interior and a lot of people recommended this product, but I did not see any photos of it. So, here are some photos for everyone to see how well it works. I bought the Light Oak shade as recommended.
Here is a photo comparing one drawer finished and the other showing what it looked like beforehand.


Here is my finished galley:


Here is the forward section of the cabin:


I'm very happy with the results of this finish and my interior is looking great! I'm just about done cleaning all of the cushions and once I put them back in the boat, it's going to be quite a nice interior.

Justin
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  08:57:16  Show Profile
Very nice, Justin!

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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  10:14:28  Show Profile  Send thacket3 a Yahoo! Message
Justin,
What type of prep work did you have to do? Do you sand first, then use Howards, or do you just go over it? Does it leave any residue?
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Justin
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  11:40:46  Show Profile  Visit Justin's Homepage
When I cleaned all the fiberglass using a mixture of water, Dawn dish soap, and a little bleach, I also wiped off some of the teak at the time. Some of the teak didn't get washed prior. I just used some cheese cloth and wiped the wood. It instantly looks better. Using the cheese cloth and Howard's, I slightly scrubbed some of the dirtier spots, such as the crevices and corners and it came out great. There wasn't much residue that I noticed and I don't think it left an oily feel. It just wicks into the wood and dries quickly.

Justin
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  12:15:47  Show Profile
Justin:

Looks great. Did you order the product direct? If not, who sells it? Thanks for sharing.

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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  12:47:09  Show Profile
Hi Justin:

Just went to the website. Interesting. Was wondering if you used all three products: wood cleaner, Restor a Finish, and wood preserver? Also, what color was a match for the wood?

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Justin
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  12:47:40  Show Profile  Visit Justin's Homepage
I used their dealer locator on their website, http://www.howardproducts.com/dlrloctr.aspand found several local retailers, most seemed more like small businesses I haven't heard of, but I bought mine at a near by Sears Hardware store that was listed. It was only about $7-8 for the can which is more than plenty for our interiors.

Justin
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  12:52:18  Show Profile
Hi Again:

Why did you use the light oak? Why not a darker color to match the wood color?

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Will
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  12:54:00  Show Profile
What would be the diff between this produce and cetol? Just asking out of ignance. I am a metal worker and do not have much experience with wood. Cheers.

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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  12:56:04  Show Profile
This is an add on question to my last post. Should I put anything like this stuff on the hatch boards that are under the seat and births? Cheers.

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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  12:56:15  Show Profile
This is an add on question to my last post. Should I put anything like this stuff on the hatch boards that are under the seat and births? Cheers.

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Justin
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  13:04:55  Show Profile  Visit Justin's Homepage
Will,
Nope, I only used their Restor-A-Finish in the light oak shade. When I read up on here about the finishes, I remember someone said they didn't see any improvement using their Feed-N-Wax after the Restor-A-Finish. I'm thinking the next time I need to give the teak another coating, I will either finish off my current can of this R-A-F or try some lemon oil that many other people are using. I hear the lemon oil will give the interior a nice smell too. My teak didn't look very good since it had been who knows how long since the previous owner maintained it. I figured I'd restore it as Howard's claims R-A-F does and now in the future every few months I'll just oil it. It took me about 5-6 hours to complete the interior teak, not bad.

Here's a photo of the galley when I bought the boat to compare to after I restored it in the above photo. The stairs I brushed as much dirt/sand off as I could, then wiped with the R-A-F. I don't have a picture of the stairs afterward, but they look a lot better.

Justin
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Edited by - Justin on 01/17/2006 13:11:23
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  13:21:54  Show Profile
OK, do I have a problem no ones else has. I don't see the links?

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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  13:22:17  Show Profile
Wow.

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Justin
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  13:25:19  Show Profile  Visit Justin's Homepage
Hi Will, I used the light oak because that is what everyone else recommended on here that I read. I知 guessing to keep the color as close to natural teak instead of a darker tint. The R-A-F is brownish tinted, but you can see the results and I知 impressed.

Dennis,
I知 with you; I知 totally new to this as well, since I bought my boat just over a week ago. I have done some other wood work, such as finishing my own furniture in my apartment, but I知 still pretty new to a lot of finishing. From my understanding, Cetol is fine on the interior, but really it is more durable and made more for the exterior elements (sun, moisture). I知 using West Marine痴 Wood-Pro on my exterior teak and I read on here that it痴 their version of Cetol. The Restore-A-Finish is real simple to use, just wiping one coat on and the wood looks great. For the Cetol or Wood-Pro, I have to sand all the old worn varnish off and put on 3-4 coats, waiting at least 24 hours between coats. About putting it on the boards under the seats, I知 not sure. I decided not to just because I don稚 want to worry about it marking my cushion covers. Anyone else have any input on whether or not they coat their boards under the cushions?

Justin
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RickStevens
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  13:27:23  Show Profile
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Originally posted by MattL

OK, do I have a problem no ones else has. I don't see the links?



Matt,

From what I see, the only active link above is to the Howard's site: http://www.howardproducts.com/dlrloctr.asp. I just did a preview on this message before posting it, and the link works for me.

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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  13:33:06  Show Profile  Visit OLarryR's Homepage
Justin,

That is some improvement ! Have to consider buying that product. I used their search for a dealer and no dealers in my area using my zip code or telephone exchange. But I do have the Sears stores in my area including the little ones that sell just hardware stuff. I may check there. Thanks for posting the photos.

Larry
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  15:07:37  Show Profile
Justin, if you get a little Restore A finish on the fiberglass or countertop, does it stain, or does it wipe off pretty easily?

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Justin
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  15:51:47  Show Profile  Visit Justin's Homepage
Steve,

I spilled a few drips on fiberglass and it wiped off easily with a damp rag without staining.

Justin
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Derek Crawford
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  16:29:14  Show Profile
Larry - try lumber stores (the non-chain variety) and Arts & Crafts places. I found R-A-F at both of these.
Derek

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OLarryR
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  18:55:18  Show Profile  Visit OLarryR's Homepage
Derek,

Thanks for the suggestion. I am still searching out of curiosity. Rick sent me an EMail with the suggestion to try a nearby town's zip code and that worked. Not sure why it did not work for my zip but apparently there is an antique store about 10 miles away that has it.

Larry
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Ed Montague
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Response Posted - 01/17/2006 :  23:22:10  Show Profile
This product is not that hard to find. I have purchased it from my local ACE Hardware store. The color Restore has the consistancy of paint thinner. Lightly colored paint thinner. The finish restorer is a liquid wax. Simply wipe it on and it puts a nice rich luster back into the wood. It has an orange smell which is very nice and fresh. I have used both the color restorer and the finish restorer on my boat with great results.

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Justin
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Response Posted - 01/18/2006 :  08:47:31  Show Profile  Visit Justin's Homepage
Ed, which is a liquid wax? I'm looking at their products I see the Feed-N-Wax and the spray on Orange Oil. Are you using one of those? Did it add much more to the finish after using the R-A-F? If so, I may give it a try.

Justin
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PZell
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Response Posted - 01/18/2006 :  11:34:44  Show Profile
I've been using Howards for quite a while & it's easy. Takes a few minutes to
rub down the interior and it looks great. Local hardware store should have it.
Don't think it would do any good on the hatches under the seats, mines not a real wood surface. Have thought of painting them some day though.

Paul C25FK Sparky
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Ed Montague
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Response Posted - 01/18/2006 :  23:18:30  Show Profile
Justin, The wax is in a squeeze bottle. First use the R-A-F to put some color back into the wood and cover scratches. Give it a few minutes to dry and then squeeze some of the wax onto a clean cloth and like Paul says just wipe it on. Very simple.


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