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Hi all. We've been on the hard since Wed. 4, and everything is going to plan. I've finally finished re-finishing the teak decking. It has been an on-going process. I had to remove all the old caulking first, by using a slot screwdriver, which I ran along one side of the groove, then the other, and then underneath, which removed the bulk of the caulking. Then, using the same screwdriver, I ran it along each side of the groove, and on the bottom as well, till I had scraped away any of the remaining caulking. Then, I lightly sanded the surface of the deck, carefully sanded the groove, being careful to not widen it, which would make the new caulking look like a snake, instead of perfect, crisp straight line. Then the grooves get wiped clean with acetone, and then the surface is taped, on either side of each of the grooves. Caulking is then applied. I used 'Teak Decking System', caulking. While caulking, you have to make sure you leave a bead that is a little higher than the surface of the deck. Then, after caulking one or two grooves, you use a little plastic putty knife, and smooth the line of caulking, pushing it into the groove, to remove any air bubbles. Remember, though, to leave a little of the caulking so it is sticking up above the surface of the wood. Then the tape is taken off and you're left with a bit of an unattractive mess. Don't worry, when the caulking is dry, and you sand it down, it starts to really take shape. I used a power sander, today, in fact, and spent the day sanding all of the areas that I caulked. Once the sanding was finished it looked gorgeous. The fresh black caulking, against the beautifully sanded wood, looks great. Now all I have to do is apply the sealer. The owner of the boat chose to go with 'Starbrite Teak Oil Sealer', in a natural color. So, that's one other thing I can scratch off the list. We're almost finished the anti-fouling painting, and I'll post some photos of that tomorrow.