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Friend has a Catalina 30, 20+ years old. As you know there is a piece of decorative teak about 6” high screwed to the top cabin bulkhead on both sides of the companion way. It is rather thin teak and was screwed and bunged.
I would like to clean, sand and varnish it to make the boat look a little more spiffy.
The problem is the screws. They are now about at the surface of the wood. No room for bungs. Would finish washers be totally stupid looking? Any other ideas?

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Countersinking the screws can look okay, or using round headed screws could as well. (I would use brass)
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Putting a thin teak vaneer over the whole thing may appeal to you....it does to me.
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Finish washers

I just varnished those exact pieces on my Catalina. I don't know if the P.O. had done it or what, but mine has always had visible screws with finish washers. Looks just fine to me. I take off as much miscellaneous teak as possible when I varnish so I can take it home to work on. It's easier and neater than working on the pieces that have to stay on the boat.
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Putting a thin teak vaneer over the whole thing may appeal to you....it does to me.
I'm sure that would hold up well to the sun and the elements ......
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I'm sure that would hold up well to the sun and the elements ......

As long as it were properly laminated and sealed, why wouldn't it ?
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John...He has no room to countersink...

Yes, I believe you are talking of the raised crown ( countersunk ) SS washers...IMHO thease would look just fine.
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Putting a thin teak vaneer over the whole thing may appeal to you....it does to me.
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Don't think this boat is worth that work. Also there is a issue when the veneer get to the rounded edges.
Good post though. I always forget the veneer option which is a good one sometimes.
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John...He has no room to countersink...

Yes, I believe you are talking of the raised crown ( countersunk ) SS washers...IMHO thease would look just fine.

That's it exactly.
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I just varnished those exact pieces on my Catalina. I don't know if the P.O. had done it or what, but mine has always had visible screws with finish washers. Looks just fine to me. I take off as much miscellaneous teak as possible when I varnish so I can take it home to work on. It's easier and neater than working on the pieces that have to stay on the boat.

For this boat is the varnish thing is more "Catalina" then the teak oil solution.

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