May 19, 2012

Teak deck maintenance: injecting epoxy and re-caulking

One seam between the deck and the coachroof has definitely given me a headache! I repaired it twice last season, but unfortunately the caulking had once again separated from the teak. I believe that the problem with the repairs done during the sailing season is that the teak does not have enough time to get dry thoroughly. It may take at least a week or so for teak to dry thoroughly, and you are not always that lucky with the weather in Northern Europe. If the teak is not completely dry when making the repair, there is a risk that the caulking is pulled off when the teak shrinks. Furthermore, deck gets frequently washed with seawater when sailing, so it makes the repairs during the sailing journey more challenging. And you do not want to spent a week at a harbour just to get one seam fixed...

After the old caulking was removed, I injected some epoxy under the teak planks. There appeared to be a void in the corner of the coachroof and deck, and this was a place for water to collect. The void was easily detected as the spot remained wet longer than the surroundings. Thus I decided to fill this void with SP 106 epoxy. I was influenced by this sailor/blogger, who used epoxy injection on deck repairs as well. The repaired seam is now let to dry under the tarpaulin for a while, before I start cleaning the deck.
/Antti

 Removing the old caulking and cleaning the seam. This is the most time consuming part of the repair.

Warming epoxy in water bath before use

Mini pump helps getting accurate metering of resin/hardener mixture: five strokes of resin and one stroke of hardenerer.

Injecting epoxy with a syringe. 

Applying Sikaflex-primer 

Applying new caulking. (At this time the camera decided to start taking black/white photos)  

 Finishing still wet caulking with a tip of finger (moisten with some washing-up liquid)

The new caulking after the masking tapes are removed. There is no need for sanding the teak. 

7 comments:

  1. Hopefully your repair holds. The remark about dryness of the teak is true – we'll see if mine was too moist. I agree that finding a right time window in terms of weather is a bit challenging.

    Thanks for the link!

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  2. Hi, do you let the epoxy and primer dry before you apply the Sikaflex, I did a similar job and the Sikaflex came up with little bubbles so I was wondering if it was some drying time I missed?

    Would appreciate a hint, great blog!

    Bye Markus

    HR31 EraOra

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    1. Hi Markus, I used SP epoxy with fast hardener for the repair. I was told at the marine store, that I should wait minimum of couple of days before applying Sikaflex. I think that I waited 5-6 days, because I was not in a hurry to seal the seam, because the tarpaulin is still on. With Sika-primer, I think that you should wait at least 30-minutes before applying sikaflex.

      Antti

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  3. My wife and I just moved into a home whose deck is in pretty bad shape. We've been wanting to fix it up, but we're unsure how that works. I really like your step-by-step instructions. Since I'm not very experienced with this sort of thing, it might be good for me to contact a repair guy to take care of it. http://kansascityremodel.net/kansas-city-deck-repair/

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  5. Informative post!! This would be really a helpful post to all whom having a teak deck, and worried about the maintenance and repair.Thanks this has been of much help.

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It would be very great to hear your opinion or comments. Thank you in advance for commenting! -Antti & Minna