Three years ago I decided to test the Deks Olje varnish system. I thought the front porch railing on our house would be a great test subject. We live in Washington, DC and our house is facing West so you can imagine the intense sun and weather. The wood railing is preasure treated and was coated with the linseed oil varnish LeTonkinois Marine 1. This is a great varnish and held up great but it did get very dark in color after just one year. So searching for another linseed oil varnish to use I found the Deks Olje oil varnish system. Having the same process as the Le Tonkinois Marine 1 varnish the Deks Olje D1,D2 system has additional properties that help maintain the color of the wood and still perform like a traditional oil varnish. After three years there has been no change in color or deterioration of the finish. This small test is still looking great three years later!
My passion was making homes beautiful now its making boats beautiful using the best finishes possible. I’m located on the Western shore of the Chesapeake and Washington DC. No project is too small so give me a call to discuss yours.
Here is one example of how I use my handmade linseed oil soap!
Every year I clean our front porch wooden railing with my linseed oil soap. Very easy and fast I have a bucket of warm water, rag and a spay bottle with a soap water mixture. The amount of soap used in the bottle was about three pumps of soap and about two cups of water. From here I just spitz the surface of the wood and wipe off with a rag, ring the rag out in the bucket of water and wipe the surface again. Thats it , easy!
This railing has also been one of my tests for the Desk Olje Varnish system. Three years in and still looking great! More to follow in the next blog post.
Here is a link to my Etsy page where you can purchase this great universal soap. Lynn Sea Linseed Oil Soap
This teak handle was in three pieces plus a large section underneath where it mounts was gone. I decided to glue the pieces back together and fill the voids with West System epoxy. The first photo shows the large void that I recreated. After the repairs and sanding I coated the whole piece with two coats of epoxy proceeded by three coats of varnish. Once dry I installed it to the companionway hatch drilling new holes where needed. Taking a total of two hours made for a reasonable fix to an annoying problem. It came out great! This is a great small example of what Swab, Inc. can do for your boat especially when on the hard during the winter months.