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Old 10-28-2002, 07:03 PM   #1
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I have some ugly and tires looking teak trim that I would like to restore. The wood is solid and rot free, just very weathered. Some is removeable from the boat, some is not easily removed.

What is a good way to restore the color and lustre to the teak?

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I used a product called Honey Teak,you just sand and follow directions that come with the product.It was the only teak product that held up for 54 months in a test at powerboat-reports It's at

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I used to use the 2 part acid treatment to clean the teak for 11 years and after a guy in my marina suggested using Parson's Sudsey Amonia I did try it.

WOW......It REALLY Worked, REALLY.........Soak your teak with water, then spray amonia on it and let sit for a couple of minutes.
I used one of those scrub pads on the back of a sponge and a brush to get the grime out of the grain of the wood. Let dry and use whatever oil or preservative (another post) you choose.

The amonia is not only safer but much cheaper at $.79 a pint rather than $12.00 a kit for the acid.

You won't get a full season out of oils.....I tried them all and if you want the teak to look good you will have to keep at it and often.

Try not to get ALL the black out of the grain or you will make the teak course and then you will end up sanding it back smooth.....although you should do a little sanding to smooth it out.

IT is work but it sure is pretty [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img].

Good luck..............Booby

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Ahoy, Special K.

I've gotten good results with Star Brite products and sandpaper.

Three parts: Cleaner, brightener and finally Gold oil.

I can't say how long it will last. It's been 2 years so far and still looks great.

Good luck.

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Hire Manuel for the labor... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
No more teak for me!
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I have found that if you let it go long enough it eventually looks either like black plastic or white plastic - depending on how much sun it gets. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
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Actually you don't need to sand the teak if you are using Honeyteak. Just add several extra coats of the clear. Tom will tell you all you need.

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Another suggestion for cleaning, is to powerwash the teak. Works great on getting all the crud out, and from there you can opt to sand, or just go with a straight finish. Avoid the oils, and use one of the aftermarket varieties (almost feels like a plastic once it is on)...

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I started to mention the pressure washer earlier but figured I would get yelled at. Since Aalbert, a first timer, brought it up, I thought I would support his view. Several years(about 20) ago I bought an old Cobalt with lots of teak that had not been well cared for. Took it all off, sanded it and re-oiled. A big pain in the rear but it looked good. About 3 years ago I bought an old Mako(79) which had been in storage for 5 years, Teak in bad shape. I did the pressure washer method and it looked pretty good, let it dry and re-oiled. Think it would have been even better if I has sanded lightly. My pressure washer is 4000 psi and will cut a 2x4 in half if you hold it in same spot. Just be careful, don't get the nozzel too close and keep it moving. Practice on an old wooden fence or picnic table first.
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Get a power screwdriver, remove it all from the boat. 180 grit sandpaper then three coats of Sikken's Cetol. Lot's of work, did mine last winter

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Use honey teak, no sanding and you can do the entire boat in one day. enought said.

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I didn't mention the power washer for the same reason but... Powerwashed all the teak while still screwed to the boat so I didn't have to hold it down to keep it in the yard. (it was beat up anyway)Removed it with a driver drill. Then belt sanded all the flat work, DA'ed the flats, corners, and anything it would get too. Bought a Porter Cable profile sander for all the tight work. Then applied 3 coats of Cetol on all surfaces including the backside. I'm so anal, I changed out the trim washers when I reinstalled the wood. I like the look but it's only a year old. I will have to see how long it lasts before I go to oiling every year.
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