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Old 09-08-2008, 17:30   #1
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Question about Teak

I'm a newbie with no experience in maintaining a boat. But I know a little about refinishing floors.

So why do folks still use varnish?

It seems to me that if you cleaned and oiled the teak (or mahogany) thoroughly and then put on 3-4 coats of polyurethane (which you could get in a "high gloss" version if you wanted the shininess of varnish) you would have a finish that was just as water resistant and much easier to maintain. Am I missing something?
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Old 09-08-2008, 17:35   #2
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I prefer to use first, oil, second, varnish, and third, some of the high tech finishes like Cetol. Oil is fine, but requires that you re-apply often. If it is in an area that will see wear, and dirt, such as a cabin sole, oil would actualy be a good choice because it is easy to clean and re-oil. Varnish is slippery when wet, so it is not ideal for walking surfaces, but some of the polyurathane finishes are less slippery. I would not recomend using oil, then poly.
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Why would you not recommend using oil and then poly?

I can understand why, on a walking surface like a teak deck, you would let it weather gray and oil it. But what about brightwork and interior cabin trim?
Why wouldn't poly work for that?
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Poly is fine for that, but oil then poly has, in my experience, caused some adhesion issues. It has also not provided as noce a finish as poly alone.
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Any problems with calking separating from the oiled timber? I havnt oiled for that reason?


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