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Old 11-04-2016, 07:48   #16
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Looks great. Nice job.
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Nice job! It is mostly wood fiber so it sands like wood but will burden the grit. Mine was coated with FG and epoxy so I'm not sure how a sanded surface will hold up to the weather. But I'm thinking a thinned out coat of exterior epoxy on the raw surfaces might help keep the fuzziness away. Your choice.
Thanks for your thoughts and comments. Can you explain the fuzziness? I want to be sure I get it right.
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Thanks for your thoughts and comments. Can you explain the fuzziness? I want to be sure I get it right.
As the water and sun (UV's) start working on the fresh cut areas the wood fibers will tend to stick up like hairs. At the board manufacturers, they burnish the outer surfaces to seal the fibers. But in a high traffic area, or years of exposure the glaze will degenerate and you will get a fuzz, or surface micro cracking.

My brother built a deck of HDPE in his back yard, in Sacramento, about 25 years ago and the surface now is kind of rough and the edges are curling up a bit. He says he regrets not putting a 1/8" gap between the boards. He assumes the moisture between the boards is causing some expansion & the curling.

I bought the Bear Board Bear Board because of its physical shape. But got a sample first and did some experiments with glues and stress. I even overlaid a section with FG/epoxy. It sticks good, although I could peel off the FG fairly easy but the FG would split if I broke the board, rather then delaminate.
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Old 11-04-2016, 14:17   #19
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As the water and sun (UV's) start working on the fresh cut areas the wood fibers will tend to stick up like hairs. At the board manufacturers, they burnish the outer surfaces to seal the fibers. But in a high traffic area, or years of exposure the glaze will degenerate and you will get a fuzz, or surface micro cracking.

My brother built a deck of HDPE in his back yard, in Sacramento, about 25 years ago and the surface now is kind of rough and the edges are curling up a bit. He says he regrets not putting a 1/8" gap between the boards. He assumes the moisture between the boards is causing some expansion & the curling.

I bought the Bear Board Bear Board because of its physical shape. But got a sample first and did some experiments with glues and stress. I even overlaid a section with FG/epoxy. It sticks good, although I could peel off the FG fairly easy but the FG would split if I broke the board, rather then delaminate.
Thanks for the explanation. I will do some experimentation with the epoxy and see. I appreciate the help.
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Old 11-04-2016, 14:33   #20
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Re: Building my own Swim Platform-new product

BTW - One has to sand off the burnish surface areas (slick surface) to get epoxy to stick at its best.
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Looks great! An update every year or so would be appreciated.
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:50   #22
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Looks great! An update every year or so would be appreciated.
Will do. I am interested too see how long it lasts myself.
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I used Trex composite decking back in 2008 on my platform.

I layed them flat because the boat already had an aluminum frame to work with.

I countrersunk the screws and left a 1/4 gap between the boards. No treatment to the edges, just trimmed with a skill saw after installation.

Cruised the east coast for 5 years and now winter and store outside in Florida.

They look like the day I installed them. They do get HOT on the feet but I would guess teak would too.

You did a nice job and I hope it holds up for you.
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Old 20-10-2016, 10:09   #24
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Season One Update:

The platform held up very well. I do not see any signs of wear yet. It looks as good as when I installed it. We pulled the boat for storage yesterday.
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Re: Building my own Swim Platform-new product

Looks a lot like the swim platforms that nuteak makes. I have been pricing them for a swim platform for my boat. It's the synthetic wood look also and runs not a lot more for a completed platform.
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Looks a lot like the swim platforms that nuteak makes. I have been pricing them for a swim platform for my boat. It's the synthetic wood look also and runs not a lot more for a completed platform.

searched for their website but security settings blocked entrance to all the nuteak websites as they are branded attack sites

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Old 20-10-2016, 12:32   #27
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LOL
I have seen the Plasteak sites and the corresponding cost. That is what prompted me to look for a lower cost option.
Google search does say that most of the Nuteak sites may harm your computer.
I believe that type of product is a teak floor or deck replacement, not a structural product.
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Looks great! Glad it's working out for you.
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The swim platform looks terrific. Thanks for the update.
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