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04-11-2011 03:44 PM

Thanks all,

I figured about 100 hours to do all my topside teak (strip, sand, 3 coats of Natural and 2 coats of gloss).

I think it is coming out great and that makes me happy.

A fella here said he would do it for $35/hour so I just saved $3500 and that makes me happy.

Now if next year all I have to do is lightly sand the finish and re-apply some more gloss, then I will really be happy. That should only take about 10 hours.


04-11-2011 10:29 AM
mgmhead Looks great, now you just have annual maintenance to keep it beautiful.
04-10-2011 09:54 PM
jrd22 Looks fantastic! I just started with the heat gun and scraper today. Hope mine turns out as well as yours.
04-10-2011 09:35 PM
mitiempo Looks great!
04-10-2011 07:29 PM
Port side nearly finished

Just to bring this to closure. I sanded some more and more and more. I tried the oxalic acid and letting it sit in the sun. Nothing changed the appearance of the teak, so I decided it is a 20 year old boat and it should look like a 20 year old boat and I will just Cetol it and it is what it is.

So I applied 3 coats of Cetol Natural and 2 coats of Cetol gloss and I am almost ready to remove the masking tape. Here are the results for the toe rail:

and the rub rail:

The stripes never went away, but I did notice that they shift their appearance when viewed from different directions. Looking aft some areas look light and dark, looking forward the same areas look dark and light.

I was in a furniture store over the weekend and a fella was buying a nice looking bedroom cabinet set of drawers. He said he liked it because it was Tiger Maple (it had the same stripes in the wood). I asked him what that was and he said it is from the heart of the tree, it has these tiger strips in it and looks special. So maybe I am dealing with "Tiger Teak" and maybe not. But I think it looks just fine.


03-18-2011 06:46 PM
more pictures

I took more pictures and I think I am in the camp of Cetol or something still on the rails in the area of the stripes.

First here is a prior (actually the strbrd side, but the port looked similar)

What I noticed is that I can see the same types of stripes under the old Cetol. So maybe it is something left from a prior staining, that they never removed (or couldn't?).

Here is a portion of the Port side stripped and sanded.

It does look like the rub rail has some stain more uniformly left on it, that may not bother me to much. But I have to do something with the toe rail.

Another view,

I purchased some Oxalic acid to try on an inside rail area, I will see if that helps.

At least the handrails are coming out clean.

03-17-2011 06:25 PM
CapnRon47 I forgot to take a picture today when it was dry. I will try to remember tomorrow (still working takes it's toll).
03-17-2011 04:17 PM
Minnewaska Maybe it's my monitor, but the toe rail looks like it has patches of cetol removed. The rub rail looks like there is still a consistent layer on it.
03-17-2011 08:41 AM
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
As far as I can see the 2 lighter patches in your first picture appear to be sanded enough but the rest still has Cetol on it and needs nore sanding.
2nd pic looks more consistent but also requires more sanding.
I had the same thought, mitiempo. Cetol layers really hang in there.
03-16-2011 09:57 PM
CapnRon47 Here is a full shot, notice the rub rail looks fine, it is the toe rail that has the strips. I thought I did about the same on both with the heat gun and scrapper.

I can let it sit, I have hand rails to work on.
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