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Maine Sail
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Re: Hourly rate for Brightwork

Worked on a boat last summer, a trawler, which had the exterior teak "done" by the "how much can I save" mentality. The guy they hired decided that after stripping the teak, per the owners instructions, he would go to Home Depot and get some Thompson's Water Seal.

Yep he sprayed the ENTIRE boat. To this day the teak WILL NOT take ANY varnish, Cetol or other type product as the SILICONE in the Thompson's has permanently destroyed tens of thousands of dollars of exterior teak. It may be 30+ years before that teak will take a finish again.

Up here $45.00 -$75.00 is about the going rate for a brightwork guy/gal with a clue.....

If you want beautiful brightwork you have two options:

1 - Learn to DIY

2 - Have a 7 figure income.... Brightwork can easily exceed the value of many boats if paid for professionally...

-Maine Sail / CS-36T

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Last edited by Maine Sail; 07-11-2012 at 07:55 AM.
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