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Old 03-19-2018, 02:06 PM   #21
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So I was tidying up my teak this past week as I had nothing better to do. I had already done the bightwork so now did the rubbing strake and the swim platform.

I decided to oil the rubbing strake and was planning on oiling the swim platform. But when it was cleaned I found that I liked the look as is. So I did a TF search and found this thread just to make sure I wasn't missing anything. After reading here I left it bare - so I have all three, varnished, oiled and bare!

The swim platform will need replaced in the next couple of years anyway as it is worn in he middle where it gets traffic to the extent that the caulking is raised and shedding a bit.
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:59 PM   #22
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Yup, the swim platform look great 'naked' and less slippery too.
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Old 03-19-2018, 04:41 PM   #23
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You can make your own “teak oil” as it’s mostly oil (usually linseed oil or tung oil) and turpentine. You can vary the components of the mix to make the oil best for the first coat on bare wood to a touch-up down the road. I sometimes add a little varnish and at times Japan Drier. If you want the oil to not dry for the longest time use raw linseed oil. Use “boiled linseed oil” if you want to reduce tackiness. May want to consider anti-fungicides. Tea Tree oil is good but quite expensive.
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$11 a quart, $30 a gallon at Home Depot!
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You don't live in Alaska anymore, Eric. You don't have to make some witches brew to put on your wood. You can go to the store and buy it engineered for that purpose for cheap. Less work, more effective, looks good. What's not to like?
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Old 03-19-2018, 06:11 PM   #26
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I let the teak on my N46 go gray. I finally got tired of folks complaining about my gray teak and had it professional refinished. They used a 2 part system. It lasted for at least 2 years.
It was no inexpensive but I got many compliments.
The boat fell off the jacks and it took 3 years to settle. There was only one place that needed refinishing

The next boat was an American Tug. NO exterior teak.
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:40 PM   #27
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I used Dalys for as long as I can remember and since it was what Tolly used, matches everything perfectly. Just heard they are in bankruptcy, so I guess Iíll be shopping another source, buying mass quantities or witches brewing some tung oil.
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