Minwax Helmsman

Discussion in 'Fiberglass/Wood/Gelcoat Repair' started by NorCal Boater, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    I wanted to pass on some info on some teak refinishing I just completed. It has bee a while since I've been into the forum but I don't recall anyone ever commenting on this product.

    I just completed refinishing some teak for my Cobalt project. I used to always use Cetol for finishing but I was never really satisfied with the color. It always seemed a bit to "amber" for my taste. I decided to try Minwax Helmsman Urethane. My Cobalt has a LOT of teak trim on and in it. The deck has kind of a recessed area around the perimeter where the teak boards go as kind of a walk-around. Its more decorative than functional as it a bit too narrow for my size 12s. The lighter strips in the wood was originally that black rubber-y stuff in teak decks and I never really liked it so I dug it out and replace it. Here is a pic before finish.... IMG_0381[1].JPG

    I bought the Minwax Helmsman Satin Urethane at Lowes for about $20/quart and I really love the results. See below.... Finished Teak 2.JPG Finished Teak.JPG

    I prefer Satin rather than Gloss but this is 5 coats. It went on very clear, self levels so absolutely no brush marks and you can recoat in 2 hours. I just lightly sanded between coats with #220 sand paper as directed. Now I have to see how it lasts. I am going to try some Shurhold Pro Polish on a small area to see how it might protect the finish a bit more. Just thought I would pass this on....

  2. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I used Minwax Helmsman on an oak railing on our front steps that I refinished. That was 3 years ago. Its lasted perfectly and looks just like it did when I first did it. That railing is exposed to the elements 24/7, including our cold and wet Canadian winter. Proper prep is important, but its a great product IMO.
  3. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    I like Minwax Helmsman. We have a wooden storm door on our house, about every 5hrs I sand it and coat will 3 coats of Helmsman, it holds up very well completely exposed to the elements. The door is 20yrs old now.
  4. wayne0

    wayne0 Active Member

    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    I use it on my interior bay window sills. (lots of plants on them) Great stuff.
    On Teak, I'd use Teak oil. I don't know the history, but you may find it will peel if previously treated with Teak oil.

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