Boat Interior Wood Restoration Tips

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Experienced boat owners know that your boat only looks as good
as the quality of its wood. But sometimes maintaining that wood’s quality can
be tricky. Wood, after all, comes from organic material. Properly sealing and
restoring wood will require a little more than the occasional wiping with a
damp cloth. But boat interior wood restoration doesn’t have to be rocket
science, either. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help make the process
easier.

Ongoing Wood
Maintenance

In boating as in life, “an ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure.” If your interior wood already
looks good, that’s great. But its appearance may hide a few things going on
behind the scenes, which is why it’s important to pay attention to your wood as
part of ongoing boating maintenance. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep your
    wood sealed
    . Use our End Grain
    Sealer Kit
    to prevent the kind of
    rotting you’ll read about more in the next section. This sealer will lock out a
    number of issues that can lead to dry rot, and it can help your wood maintain
    its original strength and luster. That’s key to maintaining both the appearance
    and performance of your boat wood.
  • Keep your
    wood clean
    . Unsealed wood with regular exposure to the marine environment
    is going to be highly susceptible to a number
    of problems. To keep things simple, employ a versatile Boat Cleaner to make
    cleaning and drying your wood part of the regular boat cleaning process without
    having to pick up an extra bottle.

These two habits alone will do a lot to keep your wood
sealed and protected. But our focus here is on wood restoration.

Restoring “Tired” Or
Dry-Rotted Wood

What happens if it’s already too late for you to maintain
the habits you found above? If you need to go with a “pound of cure,” you might
still have some options for restoring your wood to its original strength. Here
are a few of our favorite tips:

  • Tackle
    dry rot with our Git-Rot Kit.

    Dry rot can be one of the most vexing challenges for new boat owners,
    especially if you’ve never encountered it before. Our Git-Rot Kit uses the
    natural capillary action of the wood to deeply infuse itself into the core and
    rebuild the strength of the original wood.
  • Use Fix Repair Putty for
    small leaks and holes
    . Although this putty is versatile enough for use with
    fiberglass, metal, and glass, its performance with wood is our focus here. Fix
    Repair Putty, once cured, will bond to wood and can even be sanded down with
    the rest of the wood. This makes it an ideal tool for fixing leaks.

Want more ways to restore your boat interior? Then visit all
the products here at BoatLIFE
to find the cleaners, repairers, and restorers you need to get your boat
performing like new.

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