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post #2 of Old 04-17-2001
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teak refinishing

To clean the dirt and crap out of well weathered teak, I used a strong solution of water and TSP (TriSodiumPhosphat).

Just mix up a batch by disolving half a cup of TSP in 4 cups of water, then apply liberally to the teak.. Let it soak for 10 minutes, then use a soft bristle brush to extract the dirt out of the wood. Rinse with fresh water, and you''ll have some clean teak to work with (apply your favorite teak oil etc.)

I had the luxury of removing most of the cabinets, drawers, rails from the boat and applying the TSP to the woodwork in the garage.. Just be careful not to spill and/or be ready to quickly rinse a spill area if/as required..
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