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Old 03-01-2018, 00:02   #46
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Re: Teak decks what do you think?

Outstanding work Rob, and thank you for saving a lovely teak deck. So many seem to think that teak decks should be ripped up when they get to this stage, but you have proved that they are worth restoring.

Just a comment on maintaining teak. We are not as fortunate as you - our teak is on a modern deck, and therefore only 12mm thick as new. The idea of letting a deck that thin go grey, is an expensive idea, to say the least. Think about it - the weathering, the foot traffic etc, all that is doing is making the teak thinner and thinner, as you have shown in your photos. The timber is slowly wearing and washing away.

We protect our teak, and six years on from new, still get comments and questions as to whether it is brand new. By sealing the teak, the sealing slowly wears away, not the teak.
As to what we use, it is Semco.
How often do we use it?
Once every one or two years!
How long does it take to re-treat our decks (50' monohull) - 3-5 man-hours!

So we strongly dispute that teak is work and trouble. Just the two of us keep ours looking new with just a couple of hours every year or two (and yes, in off-season, we use a winter cover, but we do that for the gel-coat as well as the decks).
Compared to white decks, we spend a lot less time keeping ours looking good - the teak does not show dust etc like gel-coat does.

We ordered a few cans of Semco back in 2013. We still have enough for this coming season, then will have to order a few more for 2019 onwards.

A very small price to pay in Dollars and hours for what many consider, a very nice looking deck.
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Outstanding work Rob, and thank you for saving a lovely teak deck. So many seem to think that teak decks should be ripped up when they get to this stage, but you have proved that they are worth restoring.

Just a comment on maintaining teak. We are not as fortunate as you - our teak is on a modern deck, and therefore only 12mm thick as new. The idea of letting a deck that thin go grey, is an expensive idea, to say the least. Think about it - the weathering, the foot traffic etc, all that is doing is making the teak thinner and thinner, as you have shown in your photos. The timber is slowly wearing and washing away.

We protect our teak, and six years on from new, still get comments and questions as to whether it is brand new. By sealing the teak, the sealing slowly wears away, not the teak.
As to what we use, it is Semco.
How often do we use it?
Once every one or two years!
How long does it take to re-treat our decks (50' monohull) - 3-5 man-hours!

So we strongly dispute that teak is work and trouble. Just the two of us keep ours looking new with just a couple of hours every year or two (and yes, in off-season, we use a winter cover, but we do that for the gel-coat as well as the decks).
Compared to white decks, we spend a lot less time keeping ours looking good - the teak does not show dust etc like gel-coat does.

We ordered a few cans of Semco back in 2013. We still have enough for this coming season, then will have to order a few more for 2019 onwards.

A very small price to pay in Dollars and hours for what many consider, a very nice looking deck.
Have to agree. I restored our decks on an F and C 44 and used it. very good and looked amazing. Just put it on with a cloth or brush.... no time!!!
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