Fake teak "lumber"

Discussion in 'Materials' started by Steve W, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Steve W
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    Does anyone know if such a product exists? There are lots of fake teak deck products that can produce a reasonably realistic, low maintainance deck but what I would like to find is a plastic product available in "lumber" form that can be uses for making all the other extererior brightwork. What i envisage is a material that can be worked just like a piece if teak with a nice color that once you are done fabricating, say, a caprail, you would sand up through the grits finishing with maybe 600grit and then buff to a high gloss and then maintainance would consist of just waxing. Anything like this exist? I see lots of fake wood trim in cars that looks very realistic such as the gearshift knob in my Passat.

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    Thanks Michael, there are plenty of products for decks but im looking for something i can use like wood but without the maintainance. Something like the products such as Trex that they sell for decks in the building industry except able to be worked up to a high gloss with deep rich color. I had heard rumors that there was a product used on superyachts but I cant find such a thing.

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    I recently read an article about composite lumber being used in flood prone areas to rebuild homes is now falling apart. One builder in NO has about 40 homes coming apart due to excessively high humidity and he used the product for everything in the rebuilds. Insurance is paying for the cost of rebuild. So do some serious research on any composites and what warranties they offer
     
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    <note: a thread has been merged on the same topic>

    I have not seen any attempt by the plastics industry to commercially produce interior wood grains.

    I am not a trade show stomper, but did searches for teak and fake teak for my boat is all.
     
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    The passat plastic is only wood grain look on the outside.
     
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    If the boat industry were stronger/bigger and not as hung up on tradition, I'm sure someone would have produced a low-maintenance synthetic alternative to teak and oak. But as it is, most people who want/can afford bright work want authentic wood. Others just want plastic, chrome, and aluminum. That leaves a very small subset that would be interested in "fake teak". There is my $0.02 market analysis...
     
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    That said, I really like flexiteek and plan to use it.
     

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