finishing african mahogany - geronimo's dash

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finishing african mahogany - geronimo's dash

Post by bobinpowayca » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:32 pm

Howdy, I'm building the Geronimo. I recently flipped it and am now ready to install the dash beam. The boat is painted blue with platinum trim.
I just got a nice piece of 1" african mahogany for the dash; this will probably be the only piece of "brightwork" vs. paint on my boat.
It has a nice grain pattern. Any suggestions as to how to finish it? First thought would be just several coats of a quality spar varnish.
Most of the time the boat will be covered. Thanks for your thoughts, Bob
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Re: finishing african mahogany - geronimo's dash

Post by Roberta » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:56 am

The spar varnish will be fine and look great. Avoid using Epifanes over epoxy coatings. We've had some issues with the varnish staying sticky.

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Re: finishing african mahogany - geronimo's dash

Post by Bill Edmundson » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:31 am

The Pettit EasyPoxy High Build is a one part polyurethane. No shaking or stirring. Just open the can and go. Can go down over epoxy.

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Re: finishing african mahogany - geronimo's dash

Post by kens » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:58 am

encapsulate it with 2 or 3 coats clear epoxy, sand it smooth to remove orange peel, and other small imperfections, then clear varnish over it for UV protection.
Epoxy clear resin gives a deep look, then use any compatible UV clear over that.
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