high quality teak finishes

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by grady, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. grady
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    grady Novice

    Hey Guys, I'm looking for a nice finish for a new teak ply bulkhead and helm pod.

    Have seen some work that looked awesome but might be too labor intensive for my app. These involved and epoxy start with lots of sanding and build up.
    then ended with 15 coats of varnish.

    Lots of hours and mess, as these parts will be installed under a hard top and in a four sided enclosure. Not much weather or direct sun light.

    This boat is by no means a yacht, but I love her all the same, and want a finish that will reflex my level of care and devotion.

    P.S. there is lots of teak on this boat, mostly oiled. and I'm not sure if I want to maintain these parts in the same maner as the oiled pieces. Because they will have my helm controls mounted on them with lots of wires and chrome.


  2. Pericles
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    Pericles Senior Member


    If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. You may not need 15 coats of varnish, but the fairing of the epoxy encapsulated teak will be easier if placed horizontal and peelply used during the curing process. A quality, free flowing, clear finish, brush tipped, will give you a fine finished bulkhead, ready for installation. More here. http://www.yachtpaint.com/usa/

  3. Crag Cay
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    Crag Cay Senior Member

    In Europe we have a product called International UCP, which is a clear primer that really helps get a good base established for varnish, especially on plywood. Two or three coats of UCP plus three of 2-pack varnish makes for a very durable finish.

    But I've never seen it in the States. In Canada they have 'Interprime Wood Sealer' which sounds like the same sort of product, but I'm not sure if it's exactly the same.

    I wish Akzo Nobel would get a grip of the International Paints range and start to rationalise their naming of products and get some consistency between the various country markets. It makes speccing their products so difficult.
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