I have a Col26Mk2
It has teak
trim on the outside. Its not much wood like a deck
would be but I'm thinking of taking the plunge and making it look nice.
It's pretty weathered, but the handles still have strength. A chunk of the teak where the slider above the companionway
slides back broke off. I saved the chunk and havent touched it.
I've heard a variety of different ways to deal with exterior teak. One is to wash it with salt water
... I beleive that this has been done for about 30 years now (not as maintenance
but being an ocean boat) and I think that technology is probably past it's prime for this wood. Another is to sand and treat with Sea-Tol (or however its spelled) which is what I'm leaning towards as a winter project
When I bought the boat a few years back the prev owner grabbed a small pocketknife and shaved a mm off to show me that the teak underneath was good. I did a pressurewash of the boat and was amazed at how the teak went like wood again. It is today again back to grey.
I apologize as this question probably gets asked over and over again.
Whats the best way to restore the exterior teak and make it look nice. The tiller is treated with seatol it looks great. None of these peice of wood are grip surfaces like decks. The handles probably would be nicer to grab if smooth. I mostly want to prevent deterioration of the wood as the boat is actually remarkably original after 40 years. After that chunk popped off I think that it may be time for a sand and seal as I dont have the skills nor the cash to go replacing teak and I like the look.
Also wood glue. I am figuring standard wood glue and some C clamps to reattach the little chunk that popped off will work. Please give me any guidance if this is a really bad idea with teak. I've never worked with teak before only fir, pine and cedar and never on a boat.