Stain colors, varnish for '53 Thomboy

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Stain colors, varnish for '53 Thomboy

Postby Bellbuoys » Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:48 am

I am about to undertake refinishing of a '53 Thomboy. Can anyone recommend filler stains in production today that match the original dark and light wood tones on this boat?
And who has a varnish they have found a o be easier than others to work with? Please include your position on the bristle brush versus foam brush or roller debate.
Thanks for any insights here.
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Re: Stain colors, varnish for '53 Thomboy

Postby jcwvfr » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:23 am

I owuld like to know as well. I am working on a 1960 Sea Lancer.
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Re: Stain colors, varnish for '53 Thomboy

Postby LancerBoy » Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:28 pm

The stains on the 1953 strip-built Thomboy and 1960 Sea Lancer may be different, especially if the Sea Lancer is a Cortland built boat vs. Peshtigo built.

I truly do not know the correct stains for use on the '53 Thomboy. I have used Z-Spar Filler Stain on the lapstrake boats made after 1953. Their "standard mahogany" is as perfect a match I have been able to find for Peshtigo built boats from the late 1950s and into the 1960s. They also have a "brown mahogany" and "red mahogany"

I do not know what to recommend for the blond on the Thomboy.

As for varnish, I prefer Interlux Schooner No. 96 marine spar varnish. Under NO circumstances should anyone use polyurethane on boats.

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Re: Stain colors, varnish for '53 Thomboy

Postby steve in texas » Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:05 pm

I used Alwood primer red w/roller on new deck wood and finished with multiple coats of Nason clear sprayed...matched original 1960 peshtigo colors. Has held up well this summer with severe use on road and water.
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