| | Stripping Varnished Mahogany
I am restoring a 1973 13’ Boston Whaler. The next step in the project is to strip and re-varnish all of the wood, this includes the forward hatch cover, forward bench seat, bench seat back, console, rear bench seat, glove box trim pieces, and two runners along the side that holds everything in place. In total it is 7 large pieces of wood and 3 or 4 smaller pieces. The wood currently has 3 or 4 coats of 2 year old varnish on it that is cracking in some places. What is my best bet as far as stripping this wood? They are not perfectly flat so I do not want to run them through a planer. I have used Strip Ez before but it is pretty messy and doesn’t work great. I have also used a heat gun but ended up putting slight burn marks in places. The heat gun worked well, but for mostly smaller pieces. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Could I simply sand what is there and re-varnish assuming I get all of the cracks smoothed out? Also, does anyone have a suggestion for varnish? What type, how many coats? The boat does not have a cover, and therefore gets a good amount of sun.