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After mucho sanding and cleaning, I spent the weekend applying first three coats of varnish on the cockpit teak. See below the before, during, and after pics. First two coats thinned 1:1 and third coat full strength. Here is the unorthodox part. I use a Minwax product call spar varnish. I love the way it did my interior teak and after a fair amount of research decided to try exterior. I went for the glossy which even after just three coats has a very deep clean look. We shall see about durability. Anyway thought I would share...
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Re: Teak project started

Ahhh... nothing like freshly varnished teak on deck!


Until you have to do it over.... and over...... and once again, and again, again....

Looks nice!
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Re: Teak project started

Minwax Spar Varnish is a fine product and not at all unorthodox. You did fine, but you need many more coats and keep up with it at least yearly. Looks nice.

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Re: Teak project started

Spar urethane is very durable and can be built up very fast due to quick drying. For the last coat or two you may want to use a traditional varnish with better UV inhibitors or the urethane can turn very dark.

The work looks good so far.
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Re: Teak project started

Looks good.

I like the look of varnished wood and slowly working on getting mine varnished.
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Re: Teak project started

just put on a coat or 2 every season or when your bored and its fine...

its when you get lazy and complacent and leave the varnish get too thin that you have to do it all over again...

I do remeber those days though on my old h28 when all I need to maintain was a galon of varnish...a scraper...and some sand paper...could do 90 percent of the boat cosmetics this way...

no gelcoat, glass, thickeners, even paint the only paint I had was a little on the coachroof...jajajaja
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Re: Teak project started

just a note on varnishes...I have had very very very good results in many places simply using what hardware stores call outdoor or furniture varnish...

down here its used for beach houses made of palm trees and the like and its thick, cheap and lasts very very well
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just a note on varnishes...I have had very very very good results in many places simply using what hardware stores call outdoor or furniture varnish...

down here its used for beach houses made of palm trees and the like and its thick, cheap and lasts very very well
That's good to know. If you're still an El Salvador, I can imagine that the sun is no joke down there through much of the year. If something lasts there, it should be pretty good everywhere.
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Going with the Minwax SV, straight off a HD shelf, I thought I was using something more designed for outdoor furniture and such. My research did not identify vry many using it for marine purposes. But some test results I read indicated it may be more durable. Time will tell. I am hoping for something that once a year I can go around with 1000 grit, acetone wipe and recoat. I would be happy to invest that much time and effort yearly to keep it nice. However the comment about urethanes darkening does leave me with concerns... hmmmm...
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Re: Teak project started

Preparation really is a key part of it. I used Epifanes on my handrails this past year. One still looks great and the other looks like it did before I did anything with it. The only difference in prep work was using teak cleaner / brightener on the one that's still nice looking.
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