In the past I’ve stated that I’m okay with less-than-perfect brightwork, and I’m standing by that story. Yes, I really mean that. . . But my trim is getting worse and worse. The eyebrows are missing half of their bungs, and a closer examination of the pieces disclose a sad state of affairs.
It’s time to rebed all the deck hardware and trim anyway. May as well remove it and refinish it off the boat. That will also let me thoroughly clean the place where it was bedded, replace the fasteners that are bent or wrong sized (?! – why are there different sized screws in the same piece?) and rebed it with less aggressive caulk.
Although not impossible, removal was more difficult that it should have been. These little trim pieces shouldn’t be bedded with really aggressive adhesive. I’ll use Boatlife when reinstalling. I encountered only one section on the longer piece that threatened to split off in two pieces as I worked it off of the coach roof with a putty knife and mallet. Fairly easy to repair, I’ll also need to examine the fastener holes – seemed like many of them were never deep enough. Of course I have no idea regarding the original dimension of the eyebrow stock – it is likely that much material has been sanded away – but for some of these missing bung holes, the screw heads were just under the surface of the material, and there was a lot of room remaining to set the fastener deeper into the stock. That will take some careful deepening of the holes. I’m thankful once again that I have a drill press.
Lots of surface cleaning ahead of me where the eyebrows were bedded. I’ll refinish them with 3-4 applications of Cetol, then reattach and bung the all holes properly. Piece by piece, I’ll gradually get it all done before haul-out time. Varnish? Nah. Not here. These little pieces are too fussy to maintain a varnish finish. One imperfection in the application and water would start lifting the finish, then I would have to spend lots of time on my hands and knees repairing it, or renewing the whole piece. Cetol is much easier to maintain and repair, and doesn’t look too bad to my eyes.
Although not pictured here, I’ve covered the fastener holes with little bits of duct tape to seal against rain.