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Old 31-07-2022, 20:03   #1
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Teak veneer water damage repair

Hi everyone,

I wanted to run the following situation and plan by everyone. I Just bought an Islander Bahama 30 from 1984 that's in great condition. There is an issue with damaged veneer that was soaked by fresh water and then began delaminating. The surveyor said that the best way to fix it would be to pull up the damaged veneer and hit it with penetrating epoxy to protect the boards. He thought that replacing the entire floor with veneer would be too expensive.

The first picture is the general area of the damage.

The veneer seems to be made out of two layers. The first is very thin teak and cherry strips (already removed in the picture). Below that is a layer of thin plywood that where exposed is very soft and brittle.

Question is: should I remove both the thin teak/cherry and the brittle wood below it and then hit the structural sections with the penetrating epoxy? Or can/should I hit the wood below the thin teak/cheery with penetrating epoxy as well?

Also, to port of the really bad spot is another section where both layers are bowed up, away from the structural supports right next to the access panel to the bilge.

Must that come up to? I was thinking about trying to inject epoxy into that space and then push it down back into place.

My aesthetic solution at this point is also included below. That's actually the grate over the shower drain but they sell similar teak bath mats online for $40 or so.

Short of ripping up the entire cabin sole I don't know what else to do. Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 01-08-2022, 11:39   #2
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Re: Teak veneer water damage repair

The stuff you've got is plywood and comes in sheets. An alternative is rolls of fake teak:

or see if this company can match yours:

I would not mess with epoxying the remains - it's lost its structural properties and I suspect yoyu'd end up with a mess. I recommend a patch, or patch with ordinary plywood to get a level surface and then use the stuff in a roll.

Good luck with it.
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Re: Teak veneer water damage repair

pull it all up .. make templates .. cut and varnish new teak plywood. problem might be getting pieces thru the companionway
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