This technique is very old and used in all sorts of ways, mostly applied in interiors, on furniture and objects. The reason is either scarcity of the materials, fashionable or a way to evade taxes. In our career we have found that when applying imitation wood on an iron vessel people seriously question the authenticity and will come up to the yacht and knock on it to see if it is real. The materials we use vary from traditional oil paint on restoration projects to acryl or other paint sorts. It all depends on the surface that we apply it on. In the last decade wood imitation has really taken off due to the scarcity of materials like teakwood it also reduces maintenance costs but last not least technically it’s easier and more fun when repainting a ship with a wood grain.