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Old 26-03-2018, 13:44   #1
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Need helping restoring cockpit grate

Just need help on restoring cockpit grate. I want it to look good and be able to step on it without the screws sticking people's feet. I was just thinking of layer of epoxy and finishing, but I am new to working with wood so I have no idea.
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Old 26-03-2018, 13:56   #2
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I recently experimented with replacing a small grating with fiberglass catwalk grating. (Like the ramp to our dock.) Comes in many colors, tough, no maintenance... The verdict is that this grid pattern is a little too harsh on bare feet. I've got a layer of drideck over it at the moment. But there are other patterns out there that might work better. Just have to have a big enough project to justify buying the minimum size.
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Old 26-03-2018, 14:09   #3
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Just need help on restoring cockpit grate. I want it to look good and be able to step on it without the screws sticking people's feet. I was just thinking of layer of epoxy and finishing, but I am new to working with wood so I have no idea.


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Old 27-03-2018, 07:10   #4
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Just need help on restoring cockpit grate. I want it to look good and be able to step on it without the screws sticking people's feet. I was just thinking of layer of epoxy and finishing, but I am new to working with wood so I have no idea.
While it will be somewhat laborious, remove the screws one-by-one and nip the ends off by a few threads. Assuming the slats aren't rotted, if the joints are loose, separate them a bit and inject some Elmer's Exterior Wood Glue with a plastic syringe--available in the Epoxy's department at West Marine or the like--and then resecure with the screws although not too tightly. Allow a few days for the glue to dry/cure and then finish tightening the screws and sand the gating smooth (both sides) with a palm sander with 220 grit. Vacuum the sanding dust clear and than wipe the wood down with Mineral Spirits. On our gratings, I use a couple of coats of Starbrite Tropical Teak Oil Sealer, which is easily applied and once wiped down with a cloth dampened with Mineral Spirits has a pleasing appearance. From there on out, a wash with one step teak cleaner/brightener follow by another coating of Starbright every few months will be all you'll need.

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Old 27-03-2018, 09:13   #5
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I threw mine out and put down Dri-Dek. Just tired of constantly refinishing the wood, it is difficult to pull out and work around. But, I understand some want the wood look. Good on ya.
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You can use marine ply for a cockpit sole? Mine needs flow of water and doesn't it de-laminate after a few years?
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How about aluminum grating. It is anodized for harsh environments and comes in different styles. Sections could be tiged together to form a solid section to fit the area needing the grate. It is extensively used in engine rooms on commercial ships.
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I got tired of cleaning all the gunk out from under the grate as well as the grate taking the gelcoat off at contact points. Not to mention constantly fishing small parts such as screws, bolts, nuts, etc from under it. So I put the grate in storage. If I ever decide to sell the boat the grate still looks good and will spruce up the cockpit. Otherwise too much of a headache for my taste.
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How about aluminum grating. It is anodized for harsh environments and comes in different styles. Sections could be tiged together to form a solid section to fit the area needing the grate. It is extensively used in engine rooms on commercial ships.
Could be a tad hot in some environments, and thus a risk to bare feet.
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How about aluminum grating. It is anodized for harsh environments and comes in different styles. Sections could be tiged together to form a solid section to fit the area needing the grate. It is extensively used in engine rooms on commercial ships.


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My shower gratings are teak and nailed through the joints.
It now creaks and I have to tap nails down occasionally.
I'd like to put SS screws but removing the existing nails bothers me as I don't want to spoil the teak.
Any easy way of removing them?
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