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 Although the title of this page is called staining the hull , there are no actual pictures of the stain being applied . ---Mainly because the stain is brushed on , and then whipped off with rags to accent the grain and figure of the wood before the stain dries . It's a messy job and on a boat this large is a real workout , with no time to mess around with a camera ( or get stain on it ) .

   As in most finishing operations 99 percent of the work is in the preparation . The covering boards are faired and shaped with a long soled plane , followed by a cabinet scraper , then 60 grit , and 80 grit sandpaper . 

The final phase in preparing the wood for stain is to soak the whole boat down with boiling hot water . The hot water raises the fuzz on the grain as it dries . After the wood is dry the fuzz is sanded off before applying the stain .The hot water opens the pours of the grain and helps with the penetration and adhesion of the stain and varnish .

Skipping forward a few coats . After the stain has dried the varnishing begins . After about four coats of varnish have been applied there is enough build to start wet sanding with #400 grit waterproof sandpaper . The wet sanding cuts much better than dry sanding and is the secret to a superior shine . I usually consider twelve coats as a minimum , and have twenty two coats on my own boat .

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