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Old 02-18-2013, 12:17 PM   #41
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Walt, how is your swimboard finished? My natural teak looks hideous.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:39 PM   #42
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Walt, how is your swimboard finished? .
Craig: I use Starbrite Golden Teak on the swim step. I tried just about everything else but they didn't last more than 2 or 3 outings and they were gone. Keep in mind that I started with a brand new swim step a few years ago. All the other exterior teak is Epithane.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:43 PM   #43
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Thanks Walt. I don't expect my old girls swimboard to look as good but anything should be an improvement.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:57 PM   #44
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Greetings,
MSDS for Starbrite Teak Oil lists 2 components. Linseed oil (boiled I assume) and kerosene (what hydrotreated is I don't know). That's not to say there aren't trace amounts of UV protectants or hardeners in the Starbrite product but most, if not all, teak oils are basically the same thing.
http://www.starbrite.com/msdssheets/...ds-6-18-05.pdf
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:49 PM   #45
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I'm guilty. I've painted all but the veranda area of my exterior teak. Inside, I'm adding more natural teak to window trim and valences. When I get my boat under control, I may go back to natural on the outside too. But I doing my veranda cap rail, transom frame, ladder steps, engine vents, etc., and I don't kid myself about how much time it takes from other things I need to do on the boat. Still, doing the woodwork is my way of caressing my precious boat. It deserves it.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:59 PM   #46
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Ever priced teak lumber? I didn't think so.
YES. No way would I paint it. I'm so sorry Daddyo that you were left with no choice. You tried!
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Nothing looks worse than "almost there" when stripping/sanding previously painted brightwork. I know the costs involved but, I stand by my observations that almost good brightwork just plain sucks.
Sorry if I offended any yacht club commodores.
LOL that is an excellent point re "almost good" looking BAD, especially when critiquing one's own work. We are not that great at brightwork so we have a guy keep up the exterior teak for us (luckily there isn't much, we keep it covered with Sunbrella most of the time AND we are in a covered slip). Our doors are painted and gel coated on the outside and only varnished on the inside. So it really isn't fair for me to say that teak shouldn't be painted. I guess I turned into a snob from being a yacht club commodore.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:39 PM   #48
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But more people see them at the dock than at sea.

Ever priced teak lumber? I didn't think so.

If you knew how much it cost you would understand why people say its a crime to paint it.

Quit hanging out at the dock, you might as well buy a condo overlooking the water!
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