Painting fiberglass to look like teak

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by TomFL, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. TomFL

    TomFL Well-Known Member

    This is not necessarily a micro project, but I know there are a lot of seasoned veterans here when it comes to working on boats so I thought I'd post and ask.

    I missed out on a bow launcher the other day, a beautiful piece that I'd like to try to recreate but not using teak. I know I saw some pics while internet surfing about painting 'glass to look like teak. Lighter, no maintenance, etc.

    What I'm trying to recreate as close as possible is this piece, hate to post a link to another forum but I can't snag the photos off that listing:

    If I make this outta glass is there a way to paint that main section to look like teak? If anyone's done this before how does it come out, good or cheesy?

  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Saw a transom on an old Bertram Moppie done wood grain with paint.
    Took a while for the "artist" to finish to his satisfaction.
    I enjoyed watching the process over a long work week.
    I was cleaning the bottom of a sailboat in the same yard on the Miami river.,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=e2525ba8f030676e&biw=1280&bih=579

    Crab Alley skiffs has a hull with a painted "pine" transom, looks real.

    There are also some synthetic teak deck materials that can be glued on.,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=e7634fcd593c18b&biw=1280&bih=579

  3. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

    Yes and even you will be able to do it.

    There is a secret tool called a graining rake ($6 at HD/Lowes) but dont tell anyone.

    Get some scraps and get to raking. The secret is how you use the rake to get the grain effect. So practice with any paint you have leftover.

    When your ready to do the real one put the base coat down but paint different areas slightly different colors as wood is not the same color all over. Let dry. Then use a darker color, apply lightly and then rake it off.

    Stain for the final is a better choice.

    Easier way is to get a sheet if Di-Noc vinyl decal printed in teak, apply and then varnish over it. Di-Noc is exterior uv stable and has super tiny holes that allow varnish to penetrate and stick to the project.
  4. TomFL

    TomFL Well-Known Member

    The rake process is what I'd seen before, will check out the Di-noc.

    Great info as always you two!

  5. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

    ankona has some kind on "fabric" that gets glassed in and looks like teak/mahognay check the site I do believe you will see it on a copperhead as a toe rail
    saw it in person and it is sweet
    Also, they did a transom w/ it and man it looks rich
  6. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

    Also thought of another way - hydrodipping. Where they dip the item in a solution and get the print you want. Same method that is used on your camo gun. Then cover with varnish.
  7. TomFL

    TomFL Well-Known Member

    Good idea, there is a place here in Stuart that does hydrodipping.

    Man the cost of a nice piece of teak is crazy... :-?

  8. Rosco

    Rosco I'm probably sanding something...

    Take a look at I think it's exactly what you are looking for.   I would try it, but I've already purchased a bunch of mahogany for my project.
  9. The_Skiff_Shop

    The_Skiff_Shop Well-Known Member