Sep 17, 2008, 6:26 AM
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They had so many problems with it that the Sika teak caulking product is no longer offered in the US. It has a tendency in the tropics to go soft and get tracked all over the boat (and the back of your shorts...). The very best product and information for reseaming teak decks can be found at Teakdecking Systems - a company in Florida that builds over 125,000sq ft of teak decks each year. Their caulking, SIS 440, is used in every square foot. Imagine their warranty problems if their caulking worked anything less than perfectly...
Re: [davepoole] teak deck repairs
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By the way, reseaming a teak deck is a nasty, dirty job. done improperly, it can ruin a beautiful, expensive deck. If you do it yourself, learn all you can before starting. if you hire others, ask to see some of their previous work.
Before you start, evaluate whether your seams need to be re-caulked, or if what you really need is a new teak deck. If the deck is worn so thin that the seams are wider than they are deep, the caulking is going to have problems staying in the seams - so you will be wasting your money to re-seam. That being said, the total cost of replacing a teak deck on a boat like a Swan or Baltic will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $200/sq ft, so you have to consider that as well.