I. Hate. Teak.
Problem with teak is that it is an oily wood, durable on the water but people expect the teak to be varnished and shiny. Varnish doesn't like to stick on oily wood and the sunshine on our latitudes is brutally full of ultraviolet rays, which destroys boats and varnish as well.
|Lots of sandpaper, solvent and blue ribbon beer for the sander.|
Prep work is 90% of the effort and I still have to properly mask off all the areas which will be coated with the two part epoxy finish. I have four hours working time with each batch so I will have to plan properly and efficiently.
This is where I wish I had chirren, especially 15 or 16 year olds. I can picture myself directing their efforts at fixing up the Barco while I relax in the shade with an adult beverage. But I would remunerate them with cash or the use of the Barco on a date. Imagine being 16 or 17 and having the ultimate love machine (Think of the 70's custom vans/Shaggin'Wagons).
Nyaah. Today's kids are into not going out on various conveyances to score with their significant others.
Anyway, back to the job... I took off the side panels and brought them home for cleaning and polishing. The washing is done and I have to use polishing compound on the gel coat to restore the sort-of-shine we used to know and enjoy.
Why, you ask, is this so important now?
We have been tasked by the Spousal Unit to embark on the Barco this Friday with three passengers for a river scenic trip and she wants the boat looking right. Besides, all this maintenance was required anyway, so why not do it today?
And I like messing about on boats!
See you later, alligator.