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Date Posted: - Friday - 04/13/12 - 8:55am
Author: Paul M31 #106 NJ
Subject: Treated fur or pine with teak cap rail
In reply to: Seatz 's message, "Stripping down Toe/Taffrail to barewood. any paint varnish ideas?" on - Monday - 04/ 9/12 - 3:25pm

Looks like the previous owner installed treated lumber - typically found on a house deck - where one would expect solid teak. The cap rail appears to be teak.

The construction lumber will probably hold out for a while, but my recommendation would be to protect it with a layer of fiberglass mat. A few layers of resin over the mat should provide for a solid and smooth surface to paint and maintain from then on. Painting the wood as is will be subject to quick failure and is a waste of time, plus the failed paint will allow the lumber to get soaked and it will fail soon too.

It would have been best if the lumber were glasses over before installation, i.e. with a 100% wrap of the matting, but now that it is installed, covering it over is probably the best remedy until it will inevitably will need to be replaced.

If you are going for the teak look, there are kits you can buy that allow you to create fake teak by painting a base coat followed by a few coats of teaking stain. I didi it on a glassed hatch a few years ago and, from a distance, it does blend in well with the real stuff. Of course, the teaking stain needs to be varnished the same as the real teak with the usual 7 to 9 coats of a good marine varnish, which blends it in even better yet.

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