Varnishing salon area for new upholstery - cleaning and prepping part 1


This was more work than it looks like. I could have broken it up into a couple parts. We do have a time crunch though. Currently house sitting in Bucerias, PuertoVallarta, Mexico and we want to finish this while we are not living on the boat.


Middle of April- Currently in Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico


Currently house sitting in BuceriasPuertoVallarta, Mexico 
 Before pictures.
 
 Our teak wood in front of the salon cushions as it looked before we started. The wood does not look as bad as it actually does in the pictures. It is 40 years old and has 3M 4000 UV Marine Adhesive in the wood at places. Under the salon is where we keep our varnishing supplies, paint and 3M 4000 UV Marine Adhesive along with other similar supplies. At times with me not being neat, let some 3M 4000 UV Marine Adhesive get on this and it is hard to get out of the grain of the wood.
 You can not see the 3M 4000 UV Marine Adhesive unless you get up close and then with the head lamp on it shows up better. Then with varnish on it shows up a lot. So I needed to get it out. At least as much as possible.
OK lets get started😩
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Debbie taped off some areas and we got started.
Debbie cut up some watermelon for us as a snack 
to sustain us while we worked!.
 
Scrub-a-dub-dub. 
 We removed the salon table so the area was easier to get at.


 The head lamp really helps with seeing all the little areas to clean and or varnish.
Drying out with the fan after one last go over 
and getting ready for the first coat of varnish.

Back to Mazatlan to get our VW Jetta by bus

It was not a comfortable ride! 
The bus terminal in Puerto Vallarta and the bus was cool and fairly quiet. 

This was in March 2018 - Currently in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay Mexico (Puerto Vallarta Jalisco)


We had one fellow, for a while, that had a whistling alert on his cell phone and he must have been texting but it went off regular till he got off a couple of hours into the ride. Very annoying. The seats were the big problem. They were all electric and all broken. Not one was broken in a comfortable position. 
 The first half of the ride was through the mountains. That meant trying to wedge into the seat to keep from flying around. Forget the bath room.


 Looks nice. 
 Bus terminals were nice.
 "Tap" was the only bus to Mazatlán. There are other companies but they go other places.
Picking up our car was uneventful. It started right up and we drove off. The ride back was great. We took the way back that goes by San Blas, Nayarit and it was very nice. Part of the road, the road through the mountains was new and very nice. The road in through San Blas, Nayarit area was tree covered and the beaches were beautiful. The VW Jetta we own did great and was comfy. 
 Here is a tunnel through an area on the mountain road.
Notice the bridge in the foreground...
 
Here's that bridge!





Removing varnish from our headliner with TSP and toothbrush

 Here is the varnish on the headliner in the Nav Station. It has been there for a while. We discovered that by putting TSP on the varnish area it will loosen and come off. 

April 2018 - Currently in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay Mexico (Puerto Vallarta Jalisco)
Currently house sitting in BuceriasPuertoVallarta, Mexico 

 I use TSP to remove teak oil from the headliner where the previous owner (or someone else) had gotten it on when using the teak oil. It collects dirt and was looking a little bad. I keep finding little spots that I have missed. As we varnish we find and remove it but there are still a bunch of areas to varnish. So I was scraping off left over varnish from the edges of the head liner on the piping. Where we tape the headliner in areas where we varnish. I noticed the varnish came off a lot easier if it had TSP on it for a while. So then I tried it directly on a couple spots om the headline not the edge iping. 
Bingo! This worked like a charm! So now a new project for the day 😀

Varnishing the settee area, a big job but I am up for it!

This is the settee area before I started.

April 2018 - Currently in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay Mexico (Puerto Vallarta Jalisco)
Currently house sitting in BuceriasPuerto Vallarta, Mexico 
During this project I started house sitting in Bucerias. Debbie is in the US for 7 days.
This is the settee area before I started. 
 Another view of settee area before I started.
 And yet another view of the settee area before I started.
 Still another view of the settee area before I started. 
First, I removed the two cane doors and the light switch cover 
with the 110 volt plaque over it.
 Here's one of the 110 volt plugs that I took the cover off.
 After washing with TSP
 Image result for TSP cleaning powder
 This is one of the side "walls" of the settee.  
Here, I washed the teak with TSP mixed 50\50.
This is the other "wall" in the settee.I still have not washed it with TSP . When I wash it I use  TSP with #220 wet sand paper and then wipe it off with a wet paper towel.
This is actually the bulkhead to the stateroom but we decided to include it. It is a project by itself and we have wanted to do the varnishing of this area (satin) for quite a while.
Then after washing with TSP,  which is sold at Home Depot, it's ready for varnishing.

Sanding the first coat of satin. I used #220 wet\dry sandpaper, using it wet to go over the first coat of satin varnish. Then I wiped it down with a damp paper towel and then a Costco yellow rag to pick up any dust.
The first coat was 80 or 90% varnish and the rest thinner so it will soak into the grain of the wood and bring out what grain of wood it can.
The varnish is sold here at Zaragoza Chandlery and 
at the SYS chandlery in Paradise Village Marina.
Here is the first (or second) coat of satin varnish - I lose track! I did a light wet sanding again using #220 and then wiped with Costco rag. We used Home Depot throw away brushes and they were quite good. Hardly lost a bristle.
 There were only a few places the previous owner had cut up the boat. He was the original owner before we bought it. He owned this Islander Freeport 1978 for over 30 years. Anyway the hole in the bulk head where we have a piece of foam was a depth sounder. Looks like a radio slot. We had a piece of stained glass made to cover it.
 The area left of the door was actually gloss. between the trim by the head liner and the trim over the door. It is a small area and I was a bit sloppy. I sanded the gloss shine off and applied the satin. No problem covering the gloss. I have read that a good way to do satin is to use gloss first because it is harder and dries faster. Then do the satin. Satin will cloud up a bit with a lot of coats, I believe.
 All satin varnish now. This oak top I will do as a separate project.  
The satin has been applied to the bulkheads.
 Part of the area that was gloss. Also to the left you can see how shiny the piece of teak that covers the mast is. That was supposed to be satin and I will fix it now, after I put satin on the other area so I can change the blue tape around.  In this area by the stateroom door I did something wrong originally, possibly not stirring the varnish enough. It came out semi-gloss and not looking that great. It was a good time for a re-do. Behind this teak is the keel stepped mast.
 First I had to remove the HVAC duct grill. The salon area is on top of the 12000 Mermaid HVAC.
Then it was sanding time. I used #220 dry and it made a mess.
 
At the time I was sanding I looked up at a ray of sunlight coming in the companionway and saw lots of paint dust in the air...oops get the mask out!😯

 
 OK all sanded and taped and ready to go. This took just one coat as it had a couple coats on it already. So now it looks good. Still working on the teak HVAC grill and the cane doors.
This area is now all done in satin varnish.
The area to get coats of gloss needed to be sanded with the usual method and then all taped. Some tape I left on from the satin.  First gloss coat.
 Now I applied the gloss varnish to the areas after sanding and taping.
 I was able to get 5 coats total on the gloss areas. There were two coats of stain on the areas from that varnishing. It made it easier to do it all in satin as I did less taping. Then I added three coats to the gloss areas, wet sanding with #220 in between coats.
 All done now, except for the light switch cover, 
the two cane doors and the HVAC grill teak frame.
 Now it all looks right!
 Nice!

All done and looking nice! 
I mixed up some TSP. For our 32 oz spray bottle it 
was 1\4 cup of TSP and 32 oz of warm water.
Then it was scrub -a-dub-dub. No scrubbing really just wet the cane door and then sprayed with TSP and sanded it with #220 wet sand paper. Kept hosing off and doing it again till it was nice and spanking clean! Now to tape😫, not may favorite thing but my partner is away in the US. 

OK I had to quit till tomorrow, yay! Need more light and the house lights are a challenge. I forgot to bring my headlamp, it would be great for this.
 The first coat of thinned down gloss has just been applied.
Beautiful, if I must say so myself!

 These five 110 socket covers have been cleaned and sanded, ready for the first coat.
 The second settee cane door has been washed with TSP and sanded. Ready for taping. Maybe if I stall Debbie will do the taping, I am picking her up at the PV airport tonight😘
The switches have their first coat of diluted varnish, with thinner coat.
  At this time we are house sitting in Bucerias. We just started this house sit and are using the time to get our salon cushions completely re-done. We will also do some major varnishing in the salon area while we are off the boat. I am currently working on the cane doors for the settee in-between writing this post at the house sit.