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Cleaning up the Teak and Holly

In my "new" 23 year old C&C the wood sole is looking pretty sad. As I am not planning on "pimping out this ride" I don't want to totally peel the wood with a heat gun and start afresh. Thinking about sanding (very carefully with orbital) the floor and adding a new finish. It won't look like new but it should be a great improvement. Please tell me if anyone else has done this before and what they used for the final finish.

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Re: Cleaning up the Teak and Holly

We are in much the same position on our boat. After some research, we are going to use the same finish used on gym floors and b-ball courts. However, we will strip it all the way as I'm not sure the new finish will be compatible with the old.
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Re: Cleaning up the Teak and Holly

I'd strip it (heat gun and scraper) and do it properly, unless the sole is basically good where a quick scuff and coat will do it, I think you'd end up with a much better result for not a lot more work.
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Re: Cleaning up the Teak and Holly

Is the sole just oiled or does it have a clear coating (poly or varnish)? If the former, a good cleaning should get it ready for a finish. If the later, it depends on the condition. If just dull and scratched, a light sanding should get it ready for a finish. If really worn or peeling, then complete removal is really the best way to go. I agree that a product rated for gym floors would be great, any good quality polyurethane for floors should be fine.
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Re: Cleaning up the Teak and Holly

Aren't some slippier than others, I thought I saw a post about a finish that was not slippery when wet.
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Re: Cleaning up the Teak and Holly

I stripped mine with CitriStrip from Home Depot. Two applications. I recommend you take up the boards to make sure there is no water damage underneath. I had an unpleasant surprise! Luckily, epoxy is a great invention.

There used to be a product for boat soles. No longer available.
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Re: Cleaning up the Teak and Holly

Thanks you guys. I always seem to want to get around stuff the easy way... then I talk to folks like you and I feel bad about being half-ass! Then I do it the right way in the end. You're bad and good for me at the same time!

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