I'm Greg, The Boat Doctor
. I am an ABYC Certified Master Marine Technician and have been working in the industry for over 15 years, I specialise in marine electrics, electronics and plumbing, but have recently become a Massachusetts dealer/installer for NuTeak New England
I, like srt44116
saw NuTeak for the first time at the 2010 Boston Boat Show and was intrigued by its realistic look and feel and amazed by its durability and stain resistance. I went up to Intervale, NH a few weeks after the boat show and took part in a NuTeak Installation Seminar
and have since become a true believer.
I have worked with real teak decking a lotover the years, recaulking, rebedding and repairing decks, as well as having done multiple two part cleans etc to keep my clients boats looking shipshape. So I can honestly say that keeping natural teak looking like NuTeak is a year round, expensive, labor of love.
NuTeak is easy to install, just make a template of the area to be covered or (have me do it for you
), buy the material and build the deck pad (or have Don and Curtis
build it for you) and install the pad with some Bostik 940 marine adhesive and weight it down until it sets (or..once again have me do it for you
Once it's down it's waranteed for 20 years (where regular teak needs attention at least once a year and recaulking every 5 to 8 years) it's impervious to staining from wine, blood, diesel, gasoline and/or suntan lotion (amongst other things) and can be washed with simple boatsoap and water, or a pressure washer if you're so inclined. It will darken a little in exposed sunlight conditions, eg: Florida (5% over 20 years) to a slightly more golden color, it will not fade.
Major staining..like that blue toilet additive (which will stain your fibreglass and your porcelain toilet bowl too) and minor scuffs and scratches can be sanded out with 40 grit paper, and major cuts and gouges can be "invisibly" replaced by a skilled installer. Oh.. and contrary to the post from Soulstice
it can be removed, although a tedious process, by pulling it up in 2-3 inch wide strips.
I hope this clears up some of the confusion and if there are any other questions about NuTeak that you'd like answered, just shoot me an email.
Fair Winds, and Following Seas
Greg The Boat Doctor
ps I'm going to be installing some "exterior" pads on the interior of a clients boat tomorrow.. black stripes in the Galley and white in the Head. Oh... and throw out that blue toilet liquid and get some KO from Raritan, it doesn't stain and it smells better.
pps I believe that the product in Afishinado
's picture is Flexiteek, which is redder and more plastic looking than NuTeak. NuTeak has a "hairy" just-sanded-teak like finish not glossy like Flexiteek and has a more realistic finished look... compare the pics at Flexiteek.com and NuTeak.com