Last week we had the beautiful L’Adagio 76 in with us for some service work. She needed some work done to her swim platform, during the time of ownership general maintenance had been done but it was time for the caulking to be removed and replaced after sanding and maintenance. Our commissioning manager gave her exactly what she needed and she then set off to Malta. Initial investigation of the teak on the swim platform was carried out in Southampton. The idea was to ascertain if the platform could be brought back to life or in fact, it needed to be replaced completely. It had been looked after and sanded once in the past but due to the fact that L’Adagio had travelled so many miles and that usually the swim platform is constantly covered and being slowly eroded by the salt water, it was a more in-depth look at what could be done. It was agreed that because of the depth of teak left, it could be restored and given a new lease of life.
Teak in its own right is an impressive hardwood, favored in the marine industry for its hard-wearing properties and beautiful faultless grain. It can withstand any marine environment and with care, it can always look good as new.
First, was to remove the old raised caulking line that was hindering the sanders working effectively against the teak. Simply running along each margin with a sharp craft knife removed it with ease. This was after all of the stainless-steel fastenings and fixings were removed. First, was to remove the old raised caulking line that was hindering the sanders working effectively against the teak. Simply running along each margin with a sharp craft knife removed it with ease. This was after all of the stainless-steel fastenings and fixings were removed.
Next, was to sand back the teak. To create an even surface in order to remove the old caulking but also, it has to look even once the work was completed, For aesthetics. Once the sanding was complete, all the black old caulking needed to be removed. This was achieved by using a router complete with a jig especially fabricated to run along the caulking or margin line. A long and arduous task as any slip can eat into the teak and create an oversize line that looks out of place once the new caulking has been piped in. Sanding, cleaning up and removing any old caulking left within the margins was next and an important part as it creates the clean foundation for the new. Once it was cleaned thoroughly, each margin horizontally and vertically was carefully piped with caulking, slowly and with care as not to create any air bubbles within the line which could rise to the surface over its curing process and look out of place.
Oversize lines squeezed into the margins which were gently pressed after with a smooth flat depressor to make sure all of the caulking reached the bottom of each gap. Once completed it was left to cure for at least 48 hrs and on inspection, the excess caulking was removed with a knife again, then sanded back to flow flush with the existing teak. Cleaned back, deck hoovered and all stainless-steel fixings reinstated. After all of this L’Adagio now has a lovely restored swim platform for her owner to enjoy on their future trips!