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Old 11-19-2020, 02:52 PM
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Default Refinishing a teak Rocket Launcher

What’s the best stuff for refinishing a teak rocket launcher? Pros and cons.
varnish, west expoxy, clear awl grip, etc. Curious to hear what people have used.
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I dont know the answer but that looks great!
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A buddy of mine varnished some teak wood on his boat , looked great for a month then started chipping and peeling off.
I think the natural oils in teak don’t like to be sealed up..
Teak oil looks great but is maintenance high.
Will wait for the correct answer. I don’t know
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I have varnished and used epoxy. I think varnish looks better. I use epiphanes and do 6-8 coats. Bills talks about then spraying clear coat over this. I’ve not done because I don’t have a spray setup but I imagine it would add protection. Here’s a chair I made.

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I've tried most types on the market and settled on Epiphanes varnish if you want the bristol yacht look. Nothing lasts more than a handful of years if kept dry and covered when not in use.
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Sikkens Cetol Marine Natural Teak topped with Cetol Marine Gloss provides a very good finish. I did this twice on my cover boards (uncovered for most of the year) and got about 5 years each time before it needed to be redone. I used this on a mahogany rocket launcher and it held up about the same. I then heard about Total Boat Rugged Amber Gloss Varnish and put it on another mahogany rocket launcher I made and it provided a harder coating (the Cetol can be a tad gummy) but only have one season of exposure on it and it still looks like new. I then put the Total Boat on my teak cover boards without a proper prep and it did not weather well at all. I plan to re-sand, wipe down with denatured alcohol and do 3-4 coats and see how it handles exposure.

I think mahogany is more forgiving in regard to finishes than teak which can be temperamental if you don’t prep properly. Overall, I think the Total Boat looks better and is easier to use but the Sikkens Cetol lasts longer. Total Boat is a water soluble varnish which dries quickly and allows for multiple coats in an afternoon. In the end, I got compliments on both finishes.

I thought about epoxy but shied away because I read somewhere that it can yellow in the sun.
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Thanks for the input.
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Sikkens Cetol Marine Natural Teak topped with Cetol Marine Gloss provides a very good finish. I did this twice on my cover boards (uncovered for most of the year) and got about 5 years each time before it needed to be redone. I used this on a mahogany rocket launcher and it held up about the same. I then heard about Total Boat Rugged Amber Gloss Varnish and put it on another mahogany rocket launcher I made and it provided a harder coating (the Cetol can be a tad gummy) but only have one season of exposure on it and it still looks like new. I then put the Total Boat on my teak cover boards without a proper prep and it did not weather well at all. I plan to re-sand, wipe down with denatured alcohol and do 3-4 coats and see how it handles exposure.

I think mahogany is more forgiving in regard to finishes than teak which can be temperamental if you don’t prep properly. Overall, I think the Total Boat looks better and is easier to use but the Sikkens Cetol lasts longer. Total Boat is a water soluble varnish which dries quickly and allows for multiple coats in an afternoon. In the end, I got compliments on both finishes.

I thought about epoxy but shied away because I read somewhere that it can yellow in the sun.
Do you have any pictures to share. I am debating leaving my coaming a covering boards natural or finishing them, would to see you work.
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I am refinishing a Rybovich tuna Chair right now and I am on 8th coat of Epiphanes.
A few months ago I made a table out of teak swim platform and used 8 coats of Epiphanes
First few coats are thinned to get them to seal the wood. Following coats are gradually thicker depending on conditions.
Steel wool in between coats.

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Rocket launcher and shelf finished with 3 coats of Total Boat.

Cover board finished with single coat of Total Boat (without proper prep)

Pulpit finished with several coats of Sikkens Cetol - 3 years later.
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Originally Posted by forceps View Post

Rocket launcher and shelf finished with 3 coats of Total Boat.

Cover board finished with single coat of Total Boat (without proper prep)

Pulpit finished with several coats of Sikkens Cetol - 3 years later.
I'm putting a bunch of new teak on my restoration and your's looks great. Is that the satin finish? I've used teak oil on mine since building it but I really don't like the look of the heavy thick glossy finishes.



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The cover boards and rocket launcher are Total Boat Gloss. Here's their site:
TotalBoat Halcyon Water-Based Marine Varnish
If those are interior pieces or can be covered, I think either finish will last a long time.
Can't go wrong with either finish, plus as you can see from their specs, 5 coats in one day without sanding and water clean up!
Love the teak restoration work! Send some other pics if you can.
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I would call Release Marine or even Blue water...and ask.....
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I decided to go with awlbrite.
thanks for the input
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Please post your results. I've used a Teak Oil Finish, but don't recall the manufacturer or marketer, but it looked more natural then most I see here. Like you I'm not a fan of the glossy look.
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Went with the awlbrite.. 15 coats. Wet sanded and buffed. Time to put hardware back on.
I can’t take credit, a buddy of mine did it for me.
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I need to use more coats, that looks great!!!
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Came out beautiful, I have sellers remorse now.
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Keep it covered when not in use and you'll extend the life of the finish by a bunch.

BTW, it looks great.
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You made the right choice. As good as the other posts look, that is the correct way to finish a rocket launcher, fighting/helm chair. Looks like Release did it.

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