How to Install Nuteak Synthetic Teak Decking
Marine grade synthetic teak decking by NuTeak can be installed reasonably easily if you have good skills and patience.
We offer the following three ways for you to get a low-maintenance NuTeak decking system for yourself:
1. DIY – You buy the material from us and complete the installation yourself
2. Semi-DIY – You cut out the templates on the brown paper we send you, and we will make up the synthetic teak deck and edging strips all for you
3. We Install – We conduct the complete installation for you, which can include surface preparations
Nuteak Installation Videos
These are two very helpful synthetic teak installation videos kindly made by Nuteak installers in the USA showing the complete process from start to finish.
SYNTHETIC TEAK TEMPLATE MAKING INSTRUCTIONS
The recommended pattern material and tools to use are:
- Hortcover (best) or Clear Builders Plastic (available at Bunnings)
- Masking tape
- Permanent Marker
1. Lay template material out over the deck and secure in place with tape. Make holes in the plastic where necessary and trim the sides to fit so you can tape down over the holes so the material is as smooth and as flat as possible.
2. With the permanent marker, mark the shape of the deck on the plastic template material, you can use the edge of the non-skid pattern or to the size you desire. Use a pencil or Peel off the Crayon label and put it on its side over the plastic and rub on the perimeter of the nonskid pattern of your deck to copy the pattern on the plastic template. Write how far you want to offset to the outside of the tracing (usually 6 to 18mm). (If you are using the nonskid as a guide, check to see if it does follow the edges the way you want.)
3. Mark the direction of the planks on each template with a straight edge. If you had to glue plastic template together for large areas, draw a few lines crossing over both papers so In the event the pieces were to separate, we would know the location. Do not cut out the hatches. Write down useful information on the template. For example: 3” diameter. Mark reference lines from one template to the other and name them alphabetically. For example if you have a step to the cockpit that you would like the plank lines to match, draw a straight line from one to the other template and name it “A” on both templates where they meet. The next alignment line would be called “B” and so on.
Because Patterns that are long and narrow do not retain their alignment, a straight line must be drawn using a straightedge down the length of the pattern (use 2 lines if needed) so that we can re-align the pattern. This line also serves to align the planking when assembled so it runs parallel down the boat.
4. Please write your name and the make and model of your boat including your phone number. Also e-mail photos of the areas you wish to cover; this would help our staff greatly!
- Have you checked the template accuracy, especially around corners, fittings and hatch areas?
- Have you marked the direction of the planks on every template?
- Have you marked reference lines between decks?
- Have you marked a straight line on long and narrow patterns?
- Have you written down your name and contact details?
If you answered yes and are satisfied with your effort, roll it up and send it to us, we will do the rest.
We are continuously updating our pattern making instructions so any feedback you can give us will be greatly appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to call us. We are looking forward to assist you with any questions you may have.
We look forward to helping you build your maintenance free NuTeak deck.
NUTEAK SYNTHETIC TEAK INSTALLATION GUIDE
Once you have assembled your Nuteak deck, or purchased a pre-assembled deck, here are the steps to follow during the installation:
- Abrade the deck surface to ensure adhesion of the glue
- Deck surface to be vacuumed and wiped clean
- New panel laid on deck, checked for fit, and marked around with pencil
- Masking tape applied 5mm outside of pencil line
- Back of Nuteak wiped down thoroughly with acetone and abraded near edges to ensure adhesion
- Spread Fixteck Fix3 glue with 2.3mm V-notch trowel ensuring to fill up any cavities, and get the glue all the way to the inside edge of the tape
- When deck laid, ensure:
- All caulking lines line up between different sections
- Deck is in the correct position on all edges and hatches
- Caulking lines are straight (check with a straight edge or laser) or if following a curve, that any straight sides are straight
- Roll down deck hard and thoroughly with roller, working from the inside towards the ends to push all air pockets out the ends. Place 12mm or thicker MDF board on the deck to stand on. Do not stand directly on the deck otherwise dents will be formed in the glue from your feet.
- Remove masking tape and clean up excess glue around edges with Mineral Turpentine
- Place 6mm MDF sheets over the deck, and weight down with water buckets ensuring especially that edges are held down
- Remove weights and boards after 2-3 days
- Caulk around edges if required
- Enjoy your new synthetic teak deck!