does anyone have any good rules/tricks for when you know oiling a panel is done? I'm about 3/4 the way through a gallon of penofin on the interior of my boat that was varnished and sanded. I'm talking like 6+ coats. Is there something you can do with water to know when its done being thirsty or the way the last coat sits... anything?
So you sanded, then varnished, and now you're putting on oil?
Steve, as I understand it your boat had origianlly been finished with varnish but now you have removed it. When I apply Penofin I use 400 and 600 grit wet-or-dry and rub it in until it shines. Then I wipe of the remaining "sludge" that's formed when I sand it in. However when I have just wiped it on I applied it until it puddled and then wiped off the excess. The more times however that you do that the better the protection. Wipe on, Wipe off!
Oops, sorry. My bad. I guess I misunderstood the chronology. I'm glad he did it your way, otherwise, it would have been a mess.
Jack, he is also posting is rebuild on Montana River Boats which I also follow, so I knew his story.
i'll give the wet sanding a try. and yes you got the order correct. was varnished. i removed it. then sanded a bit with 60 grit. applied 8 coats of oil now just by brushing it on.
Whatever you do don't leave any "wet spots" or puddles hoping they will continute to soak in. Wipe it all up untill its "dry'. Otherwize you might end up with tacky spots and and a real mess .
I dont sand. big ole brush, on a HOT sunny day. slop it on until it won't take anymore then sponge off the excess. Usually the wood sucks it up until it puddles. I use homebrew oil.