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Old 05-11-2009, 10:00   #1
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My Teak Has Reached its 'Best Before' Date

After 30+ years of good service the teak is now to thin to sand any more(screw heads are starting to show in many places) and theres too much of it to replace. I am talking about the toe rails that go from stem to stern and are about 3" wide. I can do most of the rest of the trim and the hand rails but the toe rails are going to need to be painted. The question is "what paint"?

I have used the Glidden Porch and Floor for years on the decks(this boat and others) with great success but I dont know if that will work on the teak. I can have it tinted to just about colour I want but I need a better idea of what the teak will do if painted. Will it peel because it continues to make oil or is that a myth. What say y'all.............m
P.S. Turtle has a slip as of Dec 1st so I'm trying to get this done before then. As it has cooled off here at night this will I guess be a 1 coat a day thin as long as the weather holds.......m
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:21   #2
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Try the Rust-olem marine paint. Comes in a variety of colors. I belive it's oil base. Use a chip brush then throw it away.
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Old 11-11-2009, 15:05   #3
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Wow over a hundred looks and not but one reply.

Well I went ahead and painted the toe rails because they were just to thin to sand much more. And I hate varnishing with a passion. I love how it looks but I'd rather go sailing and "natural" teak although fine for decks looks, IMHO, looks lazy on trim. I am quite happy with how it looks so I may do more trim. For now it'll have to remain "natural". Ya I guess I'm lazy........m




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Old 11-11-2009, 16:56   #4
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I dunno. My toe rails are pure natural teak. Proud to have never been touched by a drop of varnish. Just like the decks. Look ok to me.
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hey, no brilliant ideas about painting teak. I would leave it natural myself.

I am excited to see that you have Turtle back from the yard and going to the water. Hooray for you!
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If they had been "natural" from the start I may have just left them that way. But they had been varnished and sanded to the point they would next have needed replacement and I just wasn't up for the cost or the effort to be truthful. Now I will get at least 3or4 years before they need painting again saving both money and sailing time. Works for me...........m
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Looks good to me

I did similar earlier this year for much the same reasons, plus needed a fair bit of filling / patching. I used Sadolin to cover all the sins . Too early for me to say how well it will last - but a no brainer to apply in places if needed.

I would hesitate to use on large panels, but IMO visually works well on trim / longer thin stuff.
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