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Re: Teak stain issue
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You can try the commercially available teak cleaners (1 part or 2 part) but as Tim suggested those water stains can be difficult to get out. The single part teak cleaner is basically oxalic acid which is the main ingredient of Barkeeper's Friend (found in hardware stores). West Marine, Defender and similar online chandlerys will sell the 2 part teak cleaner. These teak treatments may lighten up the stained area a bit.
I'm thinking that if after cleaning with the above the stain line is still visible that I'd consider using a stain that is slightly darker then the darkest of your wood. I'm not a big fan of Minwax stains and prefer a good oil based stain.
You could also try treating the wood with Tung oil which will likely darken all of the wood. For teak wood I prefer using Teak oil but Tung oil will darken more.
You may also just get used to living with the discoloration.
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