Hi - I know there has been a lot of discussion about toe rails, but I wanted to post this photo to see if anyone had any suggestions.  I don’t have the capacity to sand and refinish my entire toe rail right now (1969 47’ Commander), but I would like to “protect” the exposed wood so it does not get worse over the next few years. The finish is starting to peal up in certain spots. I was wondering if I should sand the small areas and put a few coats of Cetol, or just leave it bare.  See photo attached.  


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I would do as you said --- sand the bare areas and put 2 or 3 coats of Cetol on it. It's gonna look a little funny, but if you don't do anything, It's gonna look like hell and just get worse as time passes. You know the cure -- chemical strip and refinish, but for the moment protect the bare teak.

Excellent. Thanks.  And can you tell from the photo of the toe rail is teak and not mahagony? Is there any difference to what you would do to it? Thanks

May not always be true but I generally find that protected is mahogany and weatherside is teak.  Toerails, swim platforms and masts are teak.

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