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patrhodes
10-18-2013, 08:43 AM
Anyone else sick and tired of maintaining teak? Yes I love the look, but hate the constant maintenance. I'm ready to invest in a fiberglass platform and be done with it. Have a 1999 SportStar. Anyone done this? Where did you purchase/have fabricated and how much was it? All thoughts welcome!

EricB
10-18-2013, 09:23 AM
I'm looking for a glass platform too. I have a 98 Prostar and been looking for a while but not real hard. Maybe something will pop up in this thread!

Ironhorse
10-18-2013, 09:31 AM
Dont do it!!! The teak platform looks much nicer IMO. If your not a maintenance guy, hit it with a preasure washer and use a paint brush for the teak oil. My buddy does this and his looks almost as nice as mine but I spend hours sanding.

02ProstarSammyD
10-18-2013, 10:15 AM
Ive got a glass platform for a 209 and would like a teak if anyone wants to trade.

EricB
10-18-2013, 11:03 AM
02-
I'll measure my teak and get some pics. I have a hunch it may not fit but what the heck....nothing ventured, nothing gained.

scott023
10-18-2013, 11:27 AM
I've thought about doing the same thing... been talked out of it several times. Yes, maintenence is time consuming with the teak. But the vast majority of glass platforms I've seen look pretty rough. Everything shows on them.

Tristarboarder
10-18-2013, 11:36 AM
02, you pic a pick of your platform? What color? Condition? I have a really nice teak on my 02 star...

patrhodes
10-18-2013, 12:39 PM
the glass platforms I've seen on some of the newer M/C's and Nautiques look really good! Something I could live with/like and ditch the constant maintenance.

scott023
10-18-2013, 12:49 PM
the glass platforms I've seen on some of the newer M/C's and Nautiques look really good! Something I could live with/like and ditch the constant maintenance.

New glass looks good. Once the boards hit and mark them up, they are tough to keep looking good. JMO

Memo
10-18-2013, 01:07 PM
I have a Black Glass platform from 2007 X1 in fair shape PM me if interested. Assuming all same it should fit 99-05 ProStar 205V, 99-02 X-Star, 03-05 X2, and 06-11 X1

76S&S
10-18-2013, 01:34 PM
I too love the look of the teak and fought it for several years. I would sand (lightly) and oil only to be dissapointed in the results a month or two after refinishing.

This year I took the time and effort to refinish my platform (properly) to a like new finish. All it will take this winter is a quick 5 minutes to sand the scratches from boards and a coat or two of oil to bring it back to that like new look.

EricB
10-18-2013, 02:27 PM
I'm ok with the maintenance, I'm getting tired of the dogs paws getting stuck.

76S&S
10-18-2013, 03:04 PM
I'm ok with the maintenance, I'm getting tired of the dogs paws getting stuck.

How is this happening? If you let the teak oil dry thoroughly between coats it shouldn't be sticky. Now if it were sticky enough to remove bikini bottoms.......:D:D

Tristarboarder
10-18-2013, 03:13 PM
I would imagine in between the wood slats...

bturner2
10-18-2013, 04:16 PM
I've had both and couldn't get rid of the fiberglass fast enough. Mine was black and quickly scratched, was hot in the sun when you sat on it and the pad on mine (03 X2) would track black from the pad into the boat which was a PITA to clean. Also if you ever do bump into something get ready for the repair bill.

This is my second year doing the quarter car wash method of Teak cleaning and I'm sold on it. I take just the platform to the car wash and set it on wash with soap. Start at one end and work your way to the other. Hit the edges and the bottom if you're OCD. Set the car wash to rinse and repeat the above. That's it for cleaning. No chemicals, no gloves, no sweat. I let it dry for a week then hit it with the vibrator sander with fairly quick passes using 80 then 180. Apply oil and I'm done. I have 2 hours tops into cleaning and refinishing my platform and probably $10 in car wash, sand paper and Teak Oil. For that amount of effort and cost I'll stick with my teak.

EricB
10-18-2013, 05:46 PM
I would imagine in between the wood slats...

Yup. In the slats (or the gaps between slats).

scott023
10-18-2013, 05:49 PM
I've had both and couldn't get rid of the fiberglass fast enough. Mine was black and quickly scratched, was hot in the sun when you sat on it and the pad on mine (03 X2) would track black from the pad into the boat which was a PITA to clean. Also if you ever do bump into something get ready for the repair bill.

This is my second year doing the quarter car wash method of Teak cleaning and I'm sold on it. I take just the platform to the car wash and set it on wash with soap. Start at one end and work your way to the other. Hit the edges and the bottom if you're OCD. Set the car wash to rinse and repeat the above. That's it for cleaning. No chemicals, no gloves, no sweat. I let it dry for a week then hit it with the vibrator sander with fairly quick passes using 80 then 180. Apply oil and I'm done. I have 2 hours tops into cleaning and refinishing my platform and probably $10 in car wash, sand paper and Teak Oil. For that amount of effort and cost I'll stick with my teak.

I'm going to have to try that in the spring. Its been a labor of love every time until now.

east tx skier
10-18-2013, 09:08 PM
Short of the occasional (every 5 years or so) strip down plus several coats of oil, teak maintenance is about a 15 minute job once per year for me. Rub some oil on it and let it dry. Scratches on the glass platform are a bit more time consuming to get back to perfect.

CruisinGA
10-19-2013, 07:16 AM
Short of the occasional (every 5 years or so) strip down plus several coats of oil, teak maintenance is about a 15 minute job once per year for me. Rub some oil on it and let it dry. Scratches on the glass platform are a bit more time consuming to get back to perfect.

X2.

Maybe 30 min of 'maint' on our teak deck every year. It's a good 'one-handed' winter garage project. (Keeps a hand free for 12 oz curls)