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Old 08-21-2007, 12:18 PM   #1
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Who had this bright idea ?

One of the major reasons why I bought my first "Tippy Boat" was because it had acres of beautiful wood glistening in the afternoon sun - the grain mirrored through the dark varnish.

The strake , the rub rail, the hatches, the washboards, everywhere. All in the eye of the beholder. Aaahhh!

A year later - the varnish was peeling - the dark teak > yellow to gray.

Awnings and umbrellas >> Remove the varnish >> paint stripper >> scrapers >> sand paper >> sanding machine.

Awnings and umbrellas >> wait for a no humidity day >> apply expensive (no, very expensive 2 part varnish) just managed to apply one coat before 5 pm.

Awnings and umbrellas >>humidity precluded bright work today !

Awnings and umbrellas >> Dry >> light sanding >> applied 2nd coat

Awnings and umbrellas >> Dry >> light sanding >> applied 3rd coat

Celebration party canceled due to varnish worker admitted to hospital for varnish allergy.

Party held - boring !

18 months later : the varnish was peeling - the dark teak > yellow to gray.


>From that day onwards varnish was never applied again - found Cuprinol ( which I do not have shares in )

Now apply this with a pad , as easy as removing a little dust. Water proof

beautiful colour. Bright Work should have been a bright idea - varnish may not not have been the answer !

Oil ? Varnish more frequently? No external wood ? Some product like Cuprinol ?

Ideas - debate ?


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Old 08-21-2007, 12:34 PM   #2
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I have just changed products for my teak. I have teak seats in the cockpit, teak toe rails, teak hatch covers and teak dorade boxes. I was tired of using oil and even (heaven forbid) thought of painting all that lovely timber.

I recently bought a product which essentially is an oil used primarily for the tratment of teak, outdoor furniture. It doesn't have the orange tinge imparted by some products and I am hoping it will stand up to full tropical sun every day of the year. I will report from time to time on the continuing state of the finish. It has been on the cockpit seats for three months with no deterioration...it has been on 2 dorade boxes for one month.

I guess it may even work on fall-over boats.



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Old 08-21-2007, 01:12 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Auzzee View Post
I recently bought a product which essentially is an oil used primarily for the tratment of teak, outdoor furniture.

I use a pruduct called Benarolja which is an oil for outdoor furnishings but it also exists in a marine variant. Works well for me.


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Old 08-21-2007, 04:34 PM   #4
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I started to cheat. I'm now paying a professional and I find varnish work is much easier now. He has achieved a thick glass like finish with a "three" part Urethane based product with high solids by Awlgrip called Awlbrite Plus System J3005.

I've had the stuff on for over 3 years now and it only requires two fast coats once a year to keep it looking sharp. I usually apply it at the end of the season when I apply the Semco to the deck.

The Awlbrite product line is based on a three component system, and so requires mixing the base with the converter and activator.


It says so right on the can...so I figured it was time to let a professional do my bright work.


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I make my own.

4 parts beeswax, 9 parts grapeseed oil, a small amount (few drops or so) of rosemary oil. Mix over heat and let it set. It takes some rubbing in, and can take up to about 10 days to dry properly, but comes up quite well and never needs sanding. It fades over time, you just rub more on, it's cheap and easy to make.

This is a very old fashioned remedy still in use by a lot of professional antique furniture dealers & repairers.

Of course you can go the whole hog and french polish the thing, but it's not worth the effort for outdoor use IMHO.
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