Boat Interior Wood Restoration – Steps & Advice


When you think about how good your boat looks, chances are
that you picture the exterior—the
hull, the glass. But most of your time boating will be spent inside. That’s why you need to learn all
about boat interior wood restoration if you’re going to keep your boat looking
its best from any angle. We’ve put together a list of steps and advice to help
you restore your wood to its original luster with ease.

Dealing With Dry Rot

One of the biggest problems boat owners will face with their
interior wood is dry rot. Dry rot occurs when your wood exhibits all the signs
of rotting, even in the absence of water. The good news here is that dry rot
doesn’t have to be permanent—and it doesn’t always necessitate a full replacement.
If you have the right materials to deal with dry rot, you can actually
strengthen the wood again. The key is knowing how.

We recommend purchasing the Git-Rot Kit. This two-part
liquid epoxy solution can penetrate rot by using the capillary action. You can then leave the product to cure overnight—after which point, you can
even sand and paint it as if it’s fresh wood. This helps you to restore the
quality of the wood and be well positioned to begin cosmetic updates to the
wood if necessary.

Boat Interior Wood
Restoration In 5 Steps

Never used a kit like Git-Rot before? That’s fine—the
process is simpler than it sounds. Here are four essential steps:

  • Clear and clean out the affected area. For correct
    results, make sure that the area is also dried before you start working. You’ll
    want the liquid epoxy solution to work with dry wood so you can capitalize on
    the capillary action.
  • Prep the wood by drilling holes big enough to inject the nozzle of the application bottle for good penetration into the dry rotted wood.
  • Mix up the two-part liquid epoxy solution of the
    kit—and remember that after this point, you have approximately a half-hour of
    working time.
  • Apply the product to the affected area of the
  • Allow the product to cure in a well-ventilated and
    sheltered area overnight.

After this point, you can deal with the wood like it’s
normal wood—you can drill it, paint it, etc.

Preventing Rotting

The most powerful advice here is prevention. Preventing your wood from ever developing dry rot in
the first place is a great way to ensure it keeps its luster. It’s great to
keep a Git-Rot Kit handy in case it does happen… but there are ways of defending
against dry rot in the first place.

Try out End Grain
for some additional protection for exposed wood. This can be used to
prevent dry rot from setting in, giving you the peace of mind to enjoy your
boating experience knowing that the wood you use is well-protected.

Want more products for restoring marine wood? Check out all
of our Boat Wood &
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