We - especially because we had to look for it in the Med and have it delivered to our boat, ordered more than we needed, so we still have a fair bit left over but will use it eventually. From memory (it was back in 2013), we used two cleaning
kits, but then the teak was only a year old then, so not too much of an issue to clean. If you want to be safe, then I suggest ordering three cleaning
As for the actual sealer, for the first time, the teak will be thirsty. Again, as I recall
, we used the equivalent of 6 small tins for the initial two coats. I suggest you order a gallon tin, then at least another 4 smaller tins (as I suspect with you, I don't like tins hanging around - especially large half empty ones).
If it is easy for you to obtain Semco over where you are then that is probably enough, but for us, we have an extra few of the smaller tins stowed for annual re-coating, and frankly, tucked away in a plastic bin they don't take up much room, and it is good to have them ready when we are.
As to application, from our experience, I offer the following:
1. I suggest you do this at the end of the day, so that there is no issue with your decks drying - we did ours in the evening, and finished under floodlights.
Check this, but from memory, the instructions are to wet the deck
first. Squirt the cleaner on, starting at the bow, and 'massage into the teak using a very soft deck
brush such as a Swobbit'. Just leave for a few minutes at a time, then rinse down with fresh water
. It is aggressive (and they say so on the label). You will find the softer parts
of the wood turn to pulp and wash away to SOME extent. So in case that concerns you, where we had totally flat and smooth decks as out of the factory, when finished we had SLIGHT tramlining on SOME areas of timber (others where the timber was tighter grained, there was no effect). So at the worst, you will end up with clean decks that look no more tramlined than decks that have been exposed to a few years of weathering.
2. Once you have done all of the deck, check that you are happy it is totally clean, and if not, re-do the yet-to-be-perfect areas. Then rinse down very, very well.
3. Now for the magic. Once the decks have drained properly, so that they are wet, but not shiny wet, and no pooling (just brush excess water
down and over the side), in the same way, squirt on the neutraliser. Immediate 'Wow'! with the colour restoration
. Squirt and slosh the neutraliser all over, then before it dries, wash down very well again (ideally do the whole deck so you are not wetting too much, the deck yet to be treated with neutraliser).
4. The second 'Wow' is the next morning when you see your dry deck. Ours looked like it had just come out of the factory.
5. Once dry, see if there are any areas you want to give a light sanding
(120 grit) to. Once sanded, then wash again with that soft deck brush to remove any dust from grooves or pores.
6. After a good couple of days in the hot sun, you can apply the sealer.
Use one of the empty (washed and dried) cleaner bottles - fill with sealer. Also, a small shallow tray, with a small cutting in applicator pad (we get them here not much bigger than a postage stamp - better than a brush, as the stuff is thinner than water, and brush bristles flick it if you are not super careful).
7. Do all your cutting in with the tray and applicator pad, then with the squirt bottle, just squirt it on, and spread over with a regular size decking oil
applicator pad. It is very, very quick this way - the cutting in takes at least as long as doing all the rest.
8. Let dry at least overnight, but preferably a full day, then give another coat. That should do you till the end of the season, then just wash down, let dry well, and give a final single
coat. We are finding now after the first couple of years, that we can just about get away with skipping a season, but remember that we only manage to cruise
for up the three months, and for the rest of the time, our boat is under a full cover.
As a note, our transom step gets a pretty hard life, with being wet whenever we sail, plus on and off for swimming, plus the cover does not protect it as well as the rest of the boat. After four years, I am thinking we may next year, strip it down again with the cleaner, and start again. for the rest of the boat, I think we have another several years before we will consider that - probably when we run out of Semco and think about changing to the lighter 'Cleartone' which won't colour up the black caulking as much.
I hope all that helps Ronnie - how about posting
some progress photos so we can all follow.