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newbe posted 06-01-2003 01:28 AM ET (US)   Profile for newbe   Send Email to newbe  
Hi guys,
I almost have all the wood stripped and sanded on my 85 Montock, and i cannot decide on varnish or oiling the teak. I like the look of varnish and it was original, but oiling seems to be alot easier. Its looking like varnish, but is there really a difference between the exterior brand names varnish?
Kindest regards,
OutrageMan posted 06-01-2003 06:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
In my experience Montauks have always had ttheir wood oiled. That is the way to go in my opinion.

Also, in my opinion, there is a lot of difference in varnishes. You do not want a polyurethane, but a spar varnish. My favorite has always been Interlux Schooner.


Taylor posted 06-02-2003 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Do some searches in this forum, Oil vs Varnish is a frequently debated topic with adherents on both sides. I'm an oil guy, I use Daly's Seafin.
frostbite posted 06-02-2003 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for frostbite  Send Email to frostbite     
Varnish mahogany, oil teak.
acseatsri posted 06-02-2003 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
I use oil. If you keep up with it and give it a coat on a regular basis, it's pretty easy and will keep it looking good for quite a while. The key is to re-oil BEFORE it really needs it.
lhg posted 06-02-2003 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Frostbite's recomendation is exactly the way BW always did it. It's a simple and straightforward formula.

However, as the owner of two teak trimmed Whalers, one spar varnished at least 10 coats, and one oiled, I think there are use/storage/dockage situations where one or the other makes more sense. I have one boat oiled (18), and the other varnished (25). I think the varnished teak is a knock out, and always looks dark, polished & uniform. Varnished teak is now quite popular on all of the really high end luxury yachts like Merritt and Feadship. Varnished wood on boats is not dead at all!

The main element is the work required to properly clean and sand down raised grain in the preparation stage. It's time consuming, often requiring dismantling the wood from the boat, and eventually will decrease the thickness and original shape of the wood components. You don't want to do this every 6 months!

Oiling is best when the boat is stored indoors, summer climate use only, fresh water. Properly maintained, it will keep the wood looking nice for a long time, without repeated cleaning and sanding cycles.

I am now finding out that a high grade, high UV inhibitor, varnish job is better for boats in tough environmental elements, such as all year exposure to sun and salt, stored and/or docked outside for long periods. The wood looks continually great for years at a time, eliminating the wood sanding work that thins out the thickness, although some additional coats can be necessary. I find these no more work than additional oiling. The key is never let the varnish surface be compromised, so that water cannot get under it. In addition, Whaler's standard fasteners have to be changed since they will "cut" the varnished surface and ruin it. I always make sure only a flat washer touches the vanished surfaces.

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