Originally Posted by Cheechako
Pink! Well the one I saw was pretty tan.. but had a pinkish hue to it for sure. Hey Mon, you'll fit right in down island!
The problem is, although it looks great now, you have put all that work in restoring it and unless you spend some time yearly up in the b osun chair, dripping varnish on deck and trying to add more coats... going all paint will be much better. Once the varnish breaks through to bare wood... you are in for the big job again... If you can keep up with the varnish... it will look great for sure. I dont imagine you have any other varnish to keep up with also...? "custom teak ketch
Cheech - I didnt just fall off the turnip truck! I hate varnish! All the teak on my boat(everywhere) is bare. I just wash it with sea water
now & then.
I dont like painted spars because you can't tell what's going on under the paint so varnish is the name of the game
I go aloft, sand, wipe down and varnish all in the same process - sand my way up and varnish my way down - takes about 6hrs per 50' of mast
Of course this was back in my prime - I expect you can double that now.
This new stick got the treatment - coated with ethylene glycol inside & out, 2 coats of West 105/207, 6 coats of good old Man o' War varnish.
I'm just trying to figure out a good color for the mizzen that is painted that old traditional salmon pink yuk color. I might build another mast next winter to replace the mizzen. There is nothing wrong with it except that it is 71yrs old and is made of mahogany (too heavy) After stepping the new main mast, I'm about an inch higher in the bow. I must have lost
at least a 150-200lbs in the weight of the mast. Good!
In the tropics, a smart operator used to paint out all the varnish with flat white to keep it in good shape during the hot spells - you could knock most of it off with a pressure washer - some light sanding
- one new coat of V and you're good to go.
Done right, a good varnish job should last 10 years if maintained. I never pull a stick to work on it if I dont have to. The secret is never let the wood get wet underneath it.