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Thanks to all for responding; it sounds like epoxy to really fill the actual holes to ensure not water penetration of the deck into the core, and polyester is ok for fairing. I was pretty sure about the epoxy to fill the holes; it just seems right (I remember using polyester when I was younger and did some fairing work on cars and I don't remember it being very structural), but I hadn't thought about a mix and match approach, using both epoxy and polyester -- thanks John. And thank goodness we're not doing this in the dead of winter in an unheated shed....
As far as why do this? Our teak is so old and rotten it is coming up on its own; we already replaced the kingplank and a few other rotten boards two years ago as a temporary stopgap. Hopefully the decks will come up easier than John's. Our guy recommended we set a circular saw at a depth just deep enough to cut through the teak but not touch the glass underneath, then cross cut the deck every foot or so, and then go to town with a flat crowbar. We'll see how that works.
The other reason to do it is the deck was sanded down so many times by previous owners that the screw heads are starting to show through, the caulking is coming out of the seams, and the leaks--don't even get me started. Fortunately the deck doesn't feel spongy at all in any spots, so if we get to it now we won't have more drastic problems with replacing rotten sections of the deck.
BTW, this was a charter boat, and the crew obviously was overzealous in scrubbing the decks with hard bristle brushes, which caused the decks to get grainy, which necessitated the sanding down, which ruined the decks. So boat owners don't let your crew scrub teak decks with anything other than soft, soft brushes!
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