Repairing a teak hand rail

End result (before sanding)
Preparation is the key to success
Preparation is the key to success

One of the teak hand rails was partially broken. To fix this issue the epoxy was taken out, to safe the day once again. Teak can be tough to repair because it’s a very greasy kind of wood. That is why most glues, paints or varnished don’t really bond well to teak. By first degreasing the teak with acetone and using a special diluted kind of epoxy that really impregnates the wood one can overcome this greasy problem. After the first impregnation layer was applied and became sticky enough (after an hour or so) a next layer with a more “glue like” character was made with a special kind of epoxy filler. This makes the epoxy thicker and thus easier to apply, plus it fills the gapes better.
After the epoxy has dried enough (about 2-6 days) it could be sanded and varnished with a special kind of impregnation 2 component varnish which is specially made for teak. After 5 layers of this 2 component varnish, two more layers of extra UV filtering 2 component varnish fill be added for the finishing touch. I plan to do the same with all the other teak outside, with exception of the teak deck.

Applying the last layers of 2 component paint to the cabin

Overview of painted cabin
Side view of painted cabin
Side view of painted cabin

Before the tarp can be removed from the boat, the cabin needed at least two more layers of paint. So, back in April me and my father were hard at work to finish the cabin.
First the cabin needed to be sanded again. This needed to be done to make sure the new layers of paint adhere to the old layer (that was painted on almost half a year ago). The outside temperature for painting with 2 component paint was finally warm enough again (around 20 degrees celsius), and so we could paint multiple layers after each other, without having to sand in-between the new layers. This can be kind of tricky, because you only have a small window of time before you can add a next layer.

Add the next layer to early and the underlying layer will not dry correctly. Add the next layer to late and the new layer will not chemically bound to the underlying layer. This means that if you wait to lang, you have to sand again before a new layer can be applied. The 2 component paint we used had a time window of 24-48 hours between layers (with ideal temperatures between 20-25 degrees celsius), so we could paint one layer a day. See the photo’s for the end result.