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Dogwap 07-08-2013 01:41 PM

Rejuvenating Interior Wood
There’s a combination of teak and teak veneer in my late ‘80s cruiser. But the wood’s really showing its age. Some areas are bleached from the sun and others appear to have minor water damage (not lifting, just discolored). The wood appears oiled/stained rather that varnished. At least the wood does not appear to have ever had a gloss finish.

What are my options for bringing the wood back to life?

I've heard that sanding the veneer is pretty risky. If sanding isn't recommended, how can I prepare the wood so that it has a consistent color prior to refinishing?

General tips?

Product recommendations?

Suggestions short of re-varnishing?

Thanks for the help.

patrscoe 07-08-2013 02:53 PM

Re: Rejuvenating Interior Wood
I know some people apply a varnish on their interior teak but we use heavy cleaning and lemon oil.

We first scrub and clean the teak with a soft detergent and then if needed, work up to a harder detergent where stains and other marks are visible.
After we clean, we apply two coats of Weiman polish lemon oil. Apply the oil, let it sit for 20 seconds or so, and then wipe off and rub. We used a few other lemon oils in the past but they end up drying out quickly or drying out the teak wood. Weiman brings out the reddish grain in the wood. I would avoid teak oil as it will develop mildew.

Dogwap 07-08-2013 03:16 PM

Re: Rejuvenating Interior Wood
Thanks for the tip Patrick.

How about using teak bleach?

patrscoe 07-08-2013 04:37 PM

Re: Rejuvenating Interior Wood
I think if you are planning to bleach any of the teak than you are probably looking at stripping all the teak. The bleach will make the teak much lighter than all the remaining aged teak. Also using lemon oil will darken the teak over time. Sometimes the dried out teak and black water stains are very hard to bring back to original finish without stripping, bleaching or / and sanding.
If you are interested stripping everything and putting a finish on the wood, I have seen people use Varathane oil based poly with excellent results.
A lot of work though....

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