By Don Gutzmer
During the fall of 2016, I took a technical call from a customer who owned a Sunfish Sailboat. He lived in the area and was looking for help repairing a few minor gel coat cracks and restoring his wooden dagger board and rudder. I told him I would be happy to help because this would be a good opportunity to write an article about using WEST SYSTEM 105 Resin and 207 Special Clear Hardener for the wood restoration part of his project. The mahogany dagger board and rudder had weathered over the years because of only being varnished.
To remove all the varnish I used 100-grit sandpaper on an orbital sander, then sanded by hand with 120-grit sandpaper parallel to the grain. After everything was sanded a shop vacuum helped remove any remaining sanding dust. Continue reading