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1956 Sportsman stain

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sknowlton777
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1956 Sportsman stain

Post by sknowlton777 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:33 pm

Hello -

Thank you in advance for any replies !

Judging from the attachment - can anyone help me get started on staining my boat to match back to the original color ?

It is sanded down to bare wood. Will soon have new top decking.
ChrisCraft copy.jpg
Thank you

Scott
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Don Danenberg
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Re: 1956 Sportsman stain

Post by Don Danenberg » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:21 am

The filler-stain designed to match postwar Chris-Crafts is Interlux #573, Chris-Craft red.
It will likely take at least 2-pints, mixed with 1-pint Interlux #333 brushing thinner to do the entire hull and deck.

The condition of your 61-year old planking may make some slight color differences as wood does darken over time from photo degradation from UV light, as well as stains.
In such a case, you can bleach the entire boat first.

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Re: 1956 Sportsman stain

Post by sknowlton777 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:05 pm

Great - thank you so much for the insight.

I'm sure I will have a million more questions as this process happens.

Have a great day

Scott

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Jim Godlewski
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Re: 1956 Sportsman stain

Post by Jim Godlewski » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:31 am

Take a look at my photos under the signature link. 573 stain with 333 brushing thinner. No bleach. Other than the ceiling boards and the engine cover, all wood was new african mahogany.
1956 17 Sportsman CC-17-2310
1930 Model 100 7152
https://1956chriscraftsportsman.shutterfly.com/

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Re: 1956 Sportsman stain

Post by sknowlton777 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:52 pm

Jim-

Thanks for the reply. I have had your pictures bookemarked for months, and I hope mine comes out half as good as yours.

Thanks !

Scott

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Re: 1956 Sportsman stain

Post by Jim Godlewski » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:42 pm

Scott,
Just read your article in the BB. Good for you. I hope very much everything comes together for you and the reveal. How exciting that will be. Amazing!
1956 17 Sportsman CC-17-2310
1930 Model 100 7152
https://1956chriscraftsportsman.shutterfly.com/

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Re: 1956 Sportsman stain

Post by sknowlton777 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:17 pm

Yes, it was great to talk to Steve Griffitts about the boat and the whole process to find it. He did a nice job with our old photos. Love it !

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