Just acquired an 86 Mad River Canoes [Lady] Slipper in Kevlar. This boat was little used and well cared for. Almond gel coat with walnut (dark) stained ash trim, which is in exceptionally good condition. Seriously, no dry rot, better than any 80s MRC I’ve seen.
Forward with gunwale care, is the best approach sanding to 200 grit, then use watco exterior penetrating oil?
I ask because I do like the contrast between the almond gel coat and the dark rails, and figure the original stain is probably not too deep. For my goal of optimal maintenance the dark wood, perhaps watco teak oil is a better choice?
I have a cans of each, opened in the last 2-3 years. Is shelf life an issue?