Removing flying bridge teak toe rails

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Removing flying bridge teak toe rails

Postby kainebob » Mon May 13, 2019 3:17 pm

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I have to remove the teak toe rails to get them refinished or replaced. I can easily get the top one off, but the bottom rail looks like they used butyl tape or a silicone adhesive in addition to the stainless screws. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can get these off without completely destroying them?
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Re: Removing flying bridge teak toe rails

Postby maxmikeb » Tue May 14, 2019 2:01 pm

Can you get under it with a flat blade on a multi tool?
That worked well for me while I was removing my exterior window trim. The oscillations melted the adhesive without cutting anything.
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Re: Removing flying bridge teak toe rails

Postby bill.read » Tue May 14, 2019 11:01 pm

I removed the fly bridge on our 1987 36 Classic as part of the preparation for shipping by truck from Maryland to Washington. The adhesive was disolved using acetone. Fill a squeeze bottle with the acetone and saturate the screw hole, allowing time to soften, then insert a putty knife gently underneath as it softens, and wash the exposed area with acetone. It is a long tedious process.
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Re: Removing flying bridge teak toe rails

Postby Charlie0 » Wed May 15, 2019 5:19 am

It will be easier to refinish while in place. If you have damaged teak (as in the picture) a good carpenter / shipwright will be able to scarf a piece in.
Maybe I am misunderstanding the question.
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Re: Removing flying bridge teak toe rails

Postby Jastafford » Wed May 15, 2019 11:45 am

I would try the multi tool/Fein tool/oscillating tool/whatever you want to call it. Mine came with a blunt smooth scraping tool that would probably do the trick. If you don't have one in your box yet you need to get one. I am very very happy with my Menards model.
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Re: Removing flying bridge teak toe rails

Postby kainebob » Fri May 17, 2019 9:06 am

I will try the acetone and I do have a multi tool. I'll try and get back to all. By the way; after years of sanding, we are already having sections of exposed screw heads; we cannot sand anymore.
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Re: Removing flying bridge teak toe rails

Postby kainebob » Sun May 19, 2019 8:58 am

It is finally off. The top was removed fairly easily, but the bottom thirty-year old dried teak broke in at least seven places. No chance on saving any of this.
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