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Repair of Teak Toe Rail

My 35 year old teak toe rails are worn down and cracked. Don't have the time or money to remove and replace, and they still work and I believe can be renovated to provide another 35 years service. Thoughts are to use epoxy to fill all cracks, and voids, and maybe try to "build up" any worn areas, then varnish. No way I am trying to get back to original, but just trying to get more life out of what I have.

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I wouldn't rely on my advice, but that's basically what I'd do.

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Re: Repair of Teak Toe Rail

Epoxy will break down under the UV rays eventually. Varnish offers some UV protection but is a bit of a maintenance nightmare, IMHO.

For more maintenance free toe rails I'd consider painting them after patching with a good marine paint. Color of your choice...

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Re: Repair of Teak Toe Rail

Given Caleb's comment, if you decide to go the epoxy route, you might find this interesting:
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I'd epoxy repair, then paint.

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Re: Repair of Teak Toe Rail

Sounds like epoxy then paint would be best.

FYI, I have and plan to use MAS epoxy and they do also sell a "teak wood flour" that I plan to use with the epoxy as a filler.
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How big are these areas? Epoxy is brittle. Filling small cracks might be OK but larger voids could be problematic.
Also, make sure it's a thin epoxy that will soak well into the surrounding teak and bond with it.

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Tons of good info on what their different products can do plus some good tech support. Plus prices are way lower than others and just as good or better. Every one of theirs is amine free, no blush.
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Repair of Teak Toe Rail

Mix epoxy with teak dust and fill as a putty. Fair as needed. Apply Cetol or other UV coating. Epoxy will be plenty stable mixed with dust and covered with UV topcoat.

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How big are these areas? Epoxy is brittle. Filling small cracks might be OK but larger voids could be problematic.
Also, make sure it's a thin epoxy that will soak well into the surrounding teak and bond with it.

I like epoxypoducts.com
Tons of good info on what their different products can do plus some good tech support. Plus prices are way lower than others and just as good or better. Every one of theirs is amine free, no blush.
Some of the teak rail has cracks running down the length of the rail that would be no more than 1/16" inch wide. some voids are maybe 1/2 inch diameter. There are a vew areas where the teak has been worn down to the screw that used to be counter sunk and plugged. This is an area where I might try to build up the railing, although I might have a bonding problem and will probably not be able to build back the full 1/2 inch, but maybe at least cover the screw heads.
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Re: Repair of Teak Toe Rail

Why epoxy before painting? Since you are not encapsulating the teak epoxy is probably unnecessary and darn hard to fair. Fill with a good flexible, paintable, filler. Then prime and paint.

But the exposed heads may leak, epoxied or not.


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