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Old 17-11-2014, 09:02   #1
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Finish or not?

Old question. I am lucky enough to have acquired a new Hanse with teak decks. For the past 9 months, they have only been carefully washed with a mild detergent and the are, as expected, getting gray with an occasional stain from bird-mess or dropped food. I was thinking of using Semco brightener and then Semco sealer. I know it will need to be renewed every 3 - 6 months; however, wonder if it will provide protection against stains and potentially enhance the life span of the decks. Thanks for your comments
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Old 17-11-2014, 12:41   #2
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Re: Finish or not?

SLIPPERY!

I would risk the broken back and lug a u-sand sander up on deck and in an hour have 2 passes with 120.

I would not seal teak decks.

I used teak oil with good results on some teak cockpit coping but eventually decided that it was more trouble than it was worth as the cockpit aged way differently than the decks and it drove me insane.

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Re: Finish or not?

Sausalito Dave,

Be aware, whenever you use the acid to brighten the teak, it eats out the softer grain of the timber, and weakens it by that much.

If you sand them, soon you'll sand them away.

With thin teak on that boat, I'd cause it to be wet down with sea water daily, and leave it alone if you want it to stay there, and teach yourself that silver grey is a beautiful, natural color, God's will, like the natural color for bronze is green. In the case of your decks, if you don't sea water and let it go natural, you'll be replacing it all the sooner.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings.

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Sausalito Dave,

Be aware, whenever you use the acid to brighten the teak, it eats out the softer grain of the timber, and weakens it by that much.

If you sand them, soon you'll sand them away.

With thin teak on that boat, I'd cause it to be wet down with sea water daily, and leave it alone if you want it to stay there, and teach yourself that silver grey is a beautiful, natural color, God's will, like the natural color for bronze is green. In the case of your decks, if you don't sea water and let it go natural, you'll be replacing it all the sooner.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings.

Ann
Ann is right. Our last two boats have had teak decks and we love them. The ONLY thing teak decks require is an occasional saltwater bath - hopefully when you go sailing. They will last almost forever that way.

Of course, the acid, oil and teak treatment guys do not want you to know this.

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