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    Default Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    A few have asked how I finished the teak swim step on the Egg Habor.
    The first picture is what it looked like when I pulled it off the boat. Not much left of the old varnish, not sure how long it had been since the last recoat.
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    Add in my favorite tools, heat gun, scraper, file, and some sand paper.
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    Add in more sand paper, and a bath in Teak cleaner. Let it dry for a week in the garge with the heat on, and a fan!
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    After its well dryed I used Interlux Perfection plus, its a two part varnish. I did 3 or was it 4 coats, till everything was smooth.
    I had to strip the fist coat as I did not know about gassing, and not to use epoxy or varnish on cold wood and then crank up the shop heat. I had 1000's of bubbles... It was not good.
    I have since learned its best to have everyting at the same temp, shop/wood/product.
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    And after 3 or 4 coats of the two part it looks like this !
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    And after sanding it down one last time on the epoxy I changed out to Interlux Compass Clear Varnish. I used the Compass as a top coat, as it can wear, and it can be touched up easy.
    After a year of hard use, dogs, kids, fishing, rafts... I am happy to say the only damage was caused by the braided fishing line on the outside edges we use for Halibut. And it was easy to fix, just a light sand/scuff and a few coats of Compass clear and it looked new again!
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    And a pic of one of the door's I built. If you look close you can see the Egg Harbor Logo laser engraved into the door.
    Note this is about coat 4 of 12 or so, so its not flat and filled just yet, still using Compass Clear from Interlux.
    I am sure there are other brands that may be better or cost less, this is just what I started out with and learned along the way.
    Varnish is kind of a live process, you really need to learn the product, how thick you can apply it, how much you can cut it and with what, and what temps need to be to apply and dry out.
    And then decide if your going to brush/roll/spray/foam brush it on ! I have done all of them, (I am no pro) and my best results came with a foam brush and then a back brush with a very nice brissle brush to get the air out.
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    Done
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    Nicely done.
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    looks great!
    .....and boat does too
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    That's an impressive result!
    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    Thank you, she is a good boat, but now with a new owner.
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    excellent job !!
    my coworker had a '71 Egg berthed next to my Chris-Craft and I just fell in love with the boat.
    I have looked for a decent one for years (within my budget) and I guess deep down, I'm still looking.
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    Default Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    Quote Originally Posted by John-1948 View Post
    excellent job !!
    my coworker had a '71 Egg berthed next to my Chris-Craft and I just fell in love with the boat.
    I have looked for a decent one for years (within my budget) and I guess deep down, I'm still looking.
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    The wife and I love Egg Harbors, and on the West Coast there is just not many, and in the Pacific North West there are even less.
    The 33 was a very nice boat when we were all done with her. I would buy one again if I had the means to own more than one boat.

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