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Old 14-11-2010, 10:19   #31
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One does not Varnish it.....???
Re: synthetic teak.

Here is their website. Nu Teak Decking, Marine Teak, Synthetic Teak, Plastic Teak, Boat Decking, Boat Teak, Yacht Decking, Marine Decking, Teak Installation Like I said, I've seen their displays at boat shows and it looks really nice, but it would still be nice to hear from someone who confirms all their claims...like, "maintenance free".
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Old 14-11-2010, 10:20   #32
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I just oil my teak ... 2 or 3 times per year .... job done !
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one little slab of teak goes a long way

my cockpit table is a 2"x2" slab of solid teak and holly. very nautical. takes longer to find my sanding machine every year than it does to take it down to bare wood. but I give it four coats of high-gloss Epifanes varnish, then I sit back for another year admiring it.

the attached photo, taken this morning, shows how it looks after nine months.

nice to be able to do all the brightwork without needing a single inch of that nasty blue tape.
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One does not Varnish it.....???
The stuff I've seen is plastic ... and ugly.
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The Honey Teak Picture

Sorry to take so long to post this picture but the Internet here at the marina has been really crappy today. I have tried to post about 25 times today. If I cannot get my pictures to upload I will post them on my blog. I coated all my wood 9 years ago and just redid them this year. Tom Fabula of Signature Paints said that if I had scuff them up with a 3M pad and re coated with 2 coats of the clear enamel every 2 to 4 years depending on where the boat was that the coating would last a lot longer. My blog is at: www.sailblogs.com/member/rapport. Could not get the pictures to upload will try to post them on my blog in the next few days.
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Nobody mentions that synthetic teak that I've seen at boat shows? Any experience with it out there?
I've got synthetic experience...... real experience is just way too expensive
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Sorry to take so long to post this picture but the Internet here at the marina has been really crappy today. I have tried to post about 25 times today. If I cannot get my pictures to upload I will post them on my blog. I coated all my wood 9 years ago and just redid them this year. Tom Fabula of Signature Paints said that if I had scuff them up with a 3M pad and re coated with 2 coats of the clear enamel every 2 to 4 years depending on where the boat was that the coating would last a lot longer. My blog is at: www.sailblogs.com/member/rapport. Could not get the pictures to upload will try to post them on my blog in the next few days.
It looks really good. How come so few of us have heard of it, or tried it?
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An arcrylic urethane is the same as Awlcraft 2000 or Imron. Mostly people hire the application of these finishes by pros. It is a very nice and very durable clear finish for wood. Is it as durable as painted wood? I don't know but as others have mentioned you can always varnish then paint your bright work.
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I found out about Honey Teack from a article many years ago in Practical Sailor. They gave it a great rating. The reason you have not heard of this product is because he does not sell it in stores.
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I love the look of well maintained teak.... on other peoples boats.

I went much further than painting. I removed the teak handrails and brows along to cabin top. Replaced the handrails with stainless. There is still a little teak at the pointy end and the square end. Too much modification required to remove it, so painting has been on my list.

Besides not having to maintain the brightwork, the "updating" is striking. People were amazed when I first finished the job, new LP paint and all, that it was not a brand new boat. So I relate to "looking like a modern vessel".
I've been hired to do that job on several occasions. Should have been stainless in the first place. An easily avoidable mistake.
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I had to remove an acrylic urethane from the Rita T. It is a bear, nothing takes it off except heat, a propane torch, not a hairdryer, and even then only an inch at a time. I cursed the previous owner who had put it on and then let it crack so water got underneath. I love my weathered teak now.
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clsailor.... i note you are from "up north" where the sun's not so intense...if you cruise where we do ( below 23 degrees) the sun's u.v. rays eat teak treatment..
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Defever. That is true. That is why Tom recommends that in your latitude that you scuff and re-coat with two coats of clear coat every two years.
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Hannah. You are probability talking about Bristol Finish. Yes it is very hard to remove. The Honey Teak I had to remove came off with a heat gun and a scraper, just like varnish. Then sanding and re-finish. I think Practical Sailor mention this in their review.
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