It always struck me as odd that anyone, when building a boat, would varnish such things as externally opening doors with water-based varnish. It stands to reason that this varnish would wear easily and be subjected to the rain. Of course when the varnish begins to wear off the wood itself is susceptible to the rain.
My stern doors are folded steel, filled with Ash faced ply. The Ash veneer has over time peeled. Whilst at Braunston I gave thought to what I would do with the doors. I finished peeling the last of the veneer and prepping the surface for a) waterproofing and b) aesthetic finish.
This is not yet the finished design, but is well on its way. I didn’t want the tradition roses and castles, I don’t think they really fit with modern narrow boats, The red, white, and blue ceramic tiles are only to fill the space. What I want there is either one single tile 9x9 or 9 3x3 tiles with one design over the 9 tiles. Maybe something like this:-The black panels might just stay black. The vent grills proved to be very time consuming to polish so I bought new ones.
So far the doors look like this:-
Of course as you can see the inside, which is exposed to the rain as well and needs some attention.