Wood Girl #1186
I am racing to finish the exterior of the 1946 Peterborough in time for assembly (leaving this Wednesday.....!) I noticed when I stripped the little remaining original finish off it that it was a remarkably blotchy boat. I stripped, washed down with TSP, Sanded with 80 grit and thoroughly vacuumed and wiped with dry fleecy cloth. I didn't want to stain it so last night I applied one coat of Orange Shellac figuring that it would get it closer to it's original color (it did). It still looked blotchy. Today I sanded it with 150 grit and vacuumed it and wiped it down with a soft cloth. Man, It still looks blotchy. Am I being too picky? Should I give it another coat of orange shellac? Would that help? Should I just accept that along with all the other dents and dings in a well used, well worn boat, this could be part of the bruising and I should just accept it and move on to marine varnish? It's so much work and but, such a nice boat, I really want it to look as good as it can. Advise?