It’s time to check in on our teak caulk test after eight months. The seven test products, all marketed for use as teak deck caulks, held up well after load tests and being doused with chemicals.
Teak decks can last a century, if they’re properly cared for, and a major factor in successful teak deck maintenance is choosing the right caulk—and applying it correctly. In June 2006, testers applied seven caulks used for teak deck seams to test panels. The products: Simson MSR (Marine Special Range) Deck Caulk Plus, Maritime Teak Deck Caulking, Teakdecking Systems SIS 440 Teak Deck Caulking, West Marine’s Multi Caulk Sealant, and three from BoatLIFE (Life-Caulk, Teak Deck Sealant, and Life-Calk Type P). We rated each for ease of application in the September 2006 issue, so after eight months, it’s time to take a look at their durability, adhesiveness, and resistance to chemicals.