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Old 04-30-2015, 03:31 PM   #1
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teak deck finish

I put a deck coat on last year
can't remember name and container is on boat
so
I need a recommendation for a new product please
anywhere last years attempt was covered it looks great
anywhere else appears to have come right off and left with the grey of unfinished teak
frustrating
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Old 04-30-2015, 03:42 PM   #2
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The best way to ensure the longevity of a teak deck is to put nothing on it, let it go silver-gray, keep it clean using salt water and a detergent like Lemon Joy that makes suds in cold water, and be diligent about maintaining the integrity of the deck seams and plugs.

Anything else will threaten the integrity of the deck and ultimately shorten it's life.

There are many, many discussions about the care and feeding of teak decks in the archives of this forum. A search will unearth a lot of excellent information from some very knowledgable and experienced people.
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:46 PM   #3
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We have been using Semco (clear) on our teak decks for over 15 years (2 boats) with good results. It does not change the non-skid characteristics of the decks, has a mildewcide, keeps the dirt out and helps keep the natural oils in the teak.

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Old 04-30-2015, 06:42 PM   #4
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We have been using Semco (clear) on our teak decks for over 15 years (2 boats) with good results. It does not change the non-skid characteristics of the decks, has a mildewcide, keeps the dirt out and helps keep the natural oils in the teak.

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Larry,

Can you post a picture of your decks?

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Old 04-30-2015, 07:03 PM   #5
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Aye, aye, Larry, inquiring minds want to see.
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:09 PM   #6
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At the Gulf Coast Boat Show, the Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 and 42 had a sealant over the natural teak deck....looked great. They say a woman comes by every half year or so and renews the sealer. I got her number and have been ringing her phone off the hook. I want to find out what she uses. The stuff the local teak dealer sells needs redone every two to three months,...no thanks. I want great looking teak, but not at the cost of constant maintenance. Not so fond of the weathered grey look. Can't wait to see Larry's deck photos!
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:58 AM   #7
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The first 2 pictures were taken about 7 months after the last application of the Semco. I had just finished repairing some plugs. The next 3 were taken after 2 coats of Semco as per the directions. The next 2, I took this morning, ~2 months after an application. The Semco darkens the decks initially and then it slowly goes gray/light brown. The decks are 28 years old.
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I also let it go natural using only water or salt water to clean it with very little to no scrubbing.
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Looks good Larry. What do you use on your cap rails?


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Thanks much Larry,

I was strongly considering Semco, now I will definitely pick some up and have a go at my foredeck to start.

Are you also using in on your bulwarks?
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:02 AM   #11
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I also let it go natural using only water or salt water to clean it with very little to no scrubbing.
We clean the decks with Cascade Liquid dishwashing detergent mixed with water lightly scrubbing with a white 3M Scotch pad. We do this about twice per year.

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Looks good Larry. What do you use on your cap rails?


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Thanks. We use Cetol Light then Cetol Gloss over it.
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