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I have just finished sanding the companionway and toe rails. I teak oiled the toe rail and varnished the companionway...actually only on coat 3 of that varnish job...3 more to go...i keep looking at my half varnish, maybe cetol, half dull gray mahogany combings and keep thinking it would just be easier to paint them. has anyone painted them i was thinking a tan to offset it from the white of the decks....i am not being lazy but i just to sail....Alberg 30 btw
if you have painted them and have pics please post em
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I see your problem- your brightwork schedule is too skinny.

8 coats. if you put on 8 coats you will get at least two seasons out of it, whereas with 6 or less you are lucky to get one season. So, two more coats means doing it half as often.

besides, to paint the coamings you are going to have to strip them to bare wood, then prime, then paint, and then within days, if not hours, possibly minutes of debuting the new workboat finish, they are gonna get dinged, scratched and worn, and if you think weathered brightwork looks like cat doodoo that has gone through a dog, then you definitely won't like the look of scratched up raggedy-ass lookin' painted coamings.

Unless you are catching shrimp with Forrest or your last name is Hansen, go bright.



Don't even get me started on that snake-oil known as Cetol.
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Blasphemy! Noooooooooooooooo don't do it!

Seriously, You can stain mahogany but teak doesn't take stain very. do you have photos? Many years ago I restored an old queen ann style coffee table that had mahogany veneer left outdoors was all gray. sanded and stained you would never know it was gray. You can bleach the wood also. Don't give up. Paint doesn't last much longer on wood.
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best i've got right now
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I see your problem- your brightwork schedule is too skinny.

8 coats. if you put on 8 coats you will get at least two seasons out of it, whereas with 6 or less you are lucky to get one season. So, two more coats means doing it half as often.
well, you have ruined my weekend! well i am going to spread it out! nothing wrong with that right...a few coats a week?
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this type of brightwork/paint seems to work for me!Easy, simple and effective!

I saw this boat a few months back and it was so appealing yet so simple..but something in me cant bring myself to painting my teak or combings...I do like this look though!
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Could they be removed? Then you could do a better job indoors and still use the boat. You could also run them through a thickness sander or planer as a last resort. Did that with the drop boards on my boat.
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this type of brightwork/paint seems to work for me!Easy, simple and effective!

I saw this boat a few months back and it was so appealing yet so simple..but something in me cant bring myself to painting my teak or combings...I do like this look though!
Ahhh, the monochromatic dipped-in-paint look. Okay, one last time:

This looked great in 1986:



so did this:


Which one still looks great today?

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