Gents, I appreciate the input.
The painted surface on the caprail looks incredibly smooth and shiney..... this boat has been sailing in the Carribean for 7 years and the last major maintenance
was done (according to records) in 2000.... and I can't axe the owner as he's in the "big island in the sky"!
I find it amazing that this paint is sticking to the teak so well, no chips, no peeling, doesn't look like it's even "thinking" of failing.
The reason I'm shying away from completely stripping is because there is a ton of hardware
on the caprail, what a nightmare........that's the reason it may be easier just to maintain some sort of new surface.
My brother and I tried a heat gun and this stuff is extremely difficult to remove.....
it currently looks allright painted white, especially since all the remaining teak has a number of coats of Z-SPAR FLAGSHIP VARNISH
and looks beautiful...........
I think maybe I'll just go sailing!