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teak needs oil and sea water. teak hates fresh water and sunshine and not being oiled.
oil only gets nasty if you do not thoroughly CLEAN the teak first.

funny how my exterior teak lasts a year with oil in the tropics....
folks USED to know how to care for teak, but then forums came along and the sheeple had to have certain finishes on their boats and so came the bad rap for the best wood ever to come into marine living.....
teak is such an easy care wood--you all make such a big nasty of it by abusing it.
sea water wash and oil the stuff and it stays lovely.
interior--hand rub oil. keeps it lovely and rich. wax is also good, but make sure you r teak is nourished with stuff to keep the oil inside it not dry and grey, which is deteriorating wood, not gorgeous teak.

my ericson needed a new interior finish--i learned it was hand rubbed oil finish--is gorgeous. not difficult to do IFF you enjoy the wood.
if you dont enjoy teak--change it to formica, you will be much much happier.


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depends on your taste.
Have you seen the price of Teak lately? I propose that if you are replacing teak with Formica, YOU HAVE NO TASTE!
Painting "wood grain" Formica bulkheads white is one thing. Replacing actual teak with Formica?....sacrilege!
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Have you seen the price of Teak lately? I propose that if you are replacing teak with Formica, YOU HAVE NO TASTE!
Painting "wood grain" Formica bulkheads white is one thing. Replacing actual teak with Formica?....sacrilege!
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After 35 years, a very light sanding followed by a couple coats of teak oil brought my interior back to life. I really dislike teak oil outside of the cabin, but inside, it's easy to apply, easy to maintain and looks good for a long time.
If you use varnish, be very careful. There are some large flat areas on the interior, and a bad varnish job with drips and runs looks like cr@p. Applying oil takes zero skill.

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There are some large flat areas on the interior, and a bad varnish job with drips and runs looks like cr@p. Applying oil takes zero skill.
I use Minwax wipe on poly, applied with a ~4" square of folded bed sheet. The poly is the same consistency as the other wipe-on oils, but it dries and is permanent. On the very rare occasions when I get a drip, a stroke or two with a card scraper (never sandpaper) takes care of it in a few seconds. Yes, low skill level.

PS. I found 2 drips last weekend! Must be 4 years old. Go figure.

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Applying oil takes zero skill.
And that is why I do it.

I use Murphy's Oil soap, only if the cabin starts to look dirty or dark, and use Teak oil twice a year. The wood inside of my cabin looks great!

I had seen some boats where the owner PAINTED the teak white. Some people's kids...


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