Beginning to refinish my handrails which were neglected for years - - I removed them from the boat, stripped them, cleaned them and I am now in the sanding phase.
There are some very deep grooves in the grain - I suspect from weather and/or over aggressive cleaning with a two part cleaner. They really look "ok" but on closer inspection there are very tiny "bits" of the old finish deep in these grooves. In the scheme of things to me it seems minor, when I wet it is looks ok, some of the grain just looks a little darker
My general questions:
- just how smooth does this need to be before I finish it - - seems unrealistic to me to sand out the grooves ? Anyone else have experience with this ?
- Other than possibly affecting the adhesion of the new finish are there any other concerns about finishing over this ? (mold, mildew, etc?)
Appreciate any guidance or experience you could share - - I'm real close to just letting it patina and go grey....