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Teak Interior Help

I am attempting to refinish the interior of my Tartan 33R. It appears that the wood has no varnish type finish on it at all. The sheen on the teak is completely flat and has a reddish tint but is faded where water has ran down it. (windows etc.) Is it teak oil? Any ideas on how to match the reddish color? How should I refinish?
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Re: Teak Interior Help

In the past I have used murphy's oil soap to shine and clean things up down below. My wife likes the lemon oil, it shines up the gray teak and the cabin smells great. Our boat was built in 1981 so from time to time she needs some T.L.C.

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Re: Teak Interior Help

Our friends' Ericson had the same issue with water stains etc. on the teak paneling of the cabinsides around the windows and ports. He ripped out the teak and replaced it with white formica.. looks clean and bright and really brightened the interior up quite a bit.
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Re: Teak Interior Help

My previous boat had oiled teak bulkheads. We would wash with Murphy's Oil Soap and then rub in teak oil each spring. They looked great.

With water stains, just the teak oil probably won't blend in the water stains. You might have to use some wood stain to even out the colors and then apply the teak oil.
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Re: Teak Interior Help

Try dropping an email to Tartan and ask what kind of finish was applied to the wood at the factory and what they'd recommend to recondition it (Tartan Yachts Home).

If the finish is oil, and depending on how bad the water stains are, you might get away with washing the surface, followed by a wipe down with denatured alcohol, and re-oiling the wood.

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...ripped out the teak and replaced it with white formica...


How dare you sir! Tie that man up and keel haul him for even suggesting such a thing!

Actually some white to break up the wood can be a very good thing. It all depends on your taste.
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Re: Teak Interior Help

The stains could be water drips, it's hard to tell without a photo.

Don't use oils on teak - it's naturally oily and more oil just attracts dirt. It looks good for a short time, then yuck.

Sand lightly, wipe with acetone, and finish with Minwax satin or semi-gloss wipe-on urethane. I used Minwax gloss spar urethane on high wear areas like handholds. The finish will hold up forever and only needs a water wipedown from time to time. I used the gloss on my sole as well.



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Re: Teak Interior Help

I've heard that no oil thing for teak before but it dries out. Lemon oil does wonders. I use it on the interior of my Tartan and it works great. Does not attract dirt. It will eventually dries out and you reapply. Just rub it on with a rag. Once a season should be fine. It's quick, easy and smells nice. No need to make it harder than it is.
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No need to make it harder than it is.
On our last boat, I did the annual or semi annual Pledge wipe-down and grew tired of doing it. So I put on 3 coats of finish and that lasted until I sold the boat about 12 years later. For me it was easier to do the job once.
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Re: Teak Interior Help

Sabreman, I thought I had a lot of teak in my interior but you have me beat there.
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