I’ve recently purchased a beautiful used 2000 Mad River Explorer in white with wood trim. Allegedly only paddled once, and the near complete lack of marks on the hull supports the claim. Before putting her in the water I want to thoroughly oil the gunwales and they are dryyyyyyy. As I lightly sand the gunwales to smooth them out, I’m getting the impression I’m removing color: I believe Mad RIver used to offer a “dark stain” gunwale guard, and I think that’s what my boat got from the factory.
I’m perfectly fine letting Ash just be Ash except I don’t feel like sanding everything down completely to even out the color, I’d rather spend that time…paddling.
I have a partial can of natural gunwale guard that I’m hoping to stretch far enough to get this thing protected.
Has anyone had any luck matching or touching up the “stain” color Mad River might have used here?
And while I’ve got you here, what’s your favorite oil for wooden gunwales? I’d stick with OEM except that Mad River doesn’t list gunwale guard anywhere on their website anymore.