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diverlloyd

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04-27-2017 09:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: teak boat finishing question

So what is a good finish and process for finishing teak for a boat? This will be for a platform on the back of the boat to get in and out of the water then into the boat. I have done a lot of reading on boat forums about a thin coat of epoxy then coats of spar finish. Anyone have experience on the subject please leave some advise and comments. Thanks for reading and offering advise if you do.


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#1 posted 04-27-2017 10:03 PM

It largely depends on how much work you want to do over your ownership of the boat. Any bright finish will require a good bit of upkeep. If I were going to do a swim grid I would not go epoxy / varnish although that will work in “dryer areas”. I would go with Cetol Marine from Sikkens. https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=167
That is if I were going to finish it bright which I likely would not. Teak goes a very nice silver grey if left on its own and is virtually maintenance free. That would mean a lot more time enjoying the boat and a lot less refinishing.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 04-28-2017 12:00 AM

Thanks shipwright it’s for a buddies boat and he wants it to be shiny and look more like a mahogany. About 1/16 all the way around the wood was dry rotted and the previous owner just painted over it so I have all the pieces ready to put back together now after planing.

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#3 posted 04-28-2017 12:20 AM

As a former boat owner (times five, but I’m clean and sober now!), I agree with Shipwright’s recommendation. Cetol is the way to go. Whether you go silver or not is up to you and your buddy. But Cetol will give you a longlasting finish that stands up to UV and other weather damage.

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#4 posted 04-28-2017 11:01 AM

Just use a good Teak Cleaner and then Teak Oil. Anything else is just asking for trouble and extensive labor down teh road. Cetol will look like river mud with in 6 months.

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#5 posted 04-28-2017 11:17 AM

My uncle’s Mastercraft sees at least 200 hours per year and gets a light cleaning in the middle of the summer followed by teak oil. In the winter (if it comes off the in water lift) it gets a more thorough cleaning with a little light sanding when needed followed by teak oil. This has been the process for 7 boats over the past 30 years or so; quick, easy & effective.

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#6 posted 04-28-2017 11:28 AM

Any Polyester underneath a urethane will heat too much in the sun and cause lift of the poly. So I recommend either or. Teak oil is the best in my opinion. Saw a lot of Teak Junks getting the teak oil treatment when I was a kid in Hong Kong and they were 40plus yrs old.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#7 posted 04-28-2017 12:10 PM

Another cetol user here. I sanded down to bare wood and put 4 coats on a few years ago and a light sanding a new coat in the spring after that and the teak looks great.

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#8 posted 04-28-2017 03:15 PM



Just use a good Teak Cleaner and then Teak Oil. Anything else is just asking for trouble and extensive labor down teh road. Cetol will look like river mud with in 6 months.

- Bumpy


You must have used the wrong Cetol. They have a wide range of products. I’ve had Cetol “marine” on my decks for twelve years. Cetol “deck” is for sundecks and I think has more pigment. I have seen it look muddy after too many coats.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#9 posted 04-29-2017 12:13 AM

Cetol is just another GMA resin. It works very well for outdoor use; But I don’t think it does well over polyesters in the long run.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#10 posted 04-29-2017 03:29 AM

At last check, teak oil is just boiled linseed oil, resin and thinner. It has no UV protection and isn’t really an exterior finish. Of course, if yours is from squeezed teak trees…..


Just use a good Teak Cleaner and then Teak Oil. Anything else is just asking for trouble and extensive labor down teh road. Cetol will look like river mud with in 6 months.

- Bumpy


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#11 posted 04-29-2017 03:40 AM


Cetol is just another GMA resin. It works very well for outdoor use; But I don t think it does well over polyesters in the long run.

- pontic


Cetol needs to penetrate. It can’t work well over anything. It goes on bare wood.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#12 posted 04-29-2017 11:03 AM

Yes it does need to penetrate. I think it works very well for marine use.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#13 posted 04-29-2017 05:50 PM

So he wants to go the teak oil route. I read that exterior teak oil does have uv blockers in it so we will see how it does and if it doesn’t do well I can always use the cetol.

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#14 posted 04-29-2017 06:21 PM

The teak oil will look better ….... for a little while…... :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#15 posted 04-29-2017 07:01 PM

Well I think it will give him a idea of what the wood will look like sealed then he can decide if he wants it stained or cleared and it will be less work for me in the long run by starting with the oil.

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