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I looked at a 20 year old boat with what appears to be hand grime on some area the oiled teak interior -- the surface was black. Has anybody had success in removing grime from interior teak?
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I looked at a 20 year old boat with what appears to be hand grime on some area the oiled teak interior -- the surface was black. Has anybody had success in removing grime from interior teak?
Yup. We have refurbed most all of the interior teak in our '88 boat. There was old Dust, dirt, skin oils from handling the wood, and it all gets ground in and well-attached to the original factory oil surface. If there is any mildew around, it loves the dirt in the old oil surface, too.

We cleaned it with Teka A and B, with surrounding areas well protected by plastic and blue tape.
http://www.marinetex.com/TE-KA.html

Cleanup is with paper towels and water. Then with cheap terry towels and water. We are mostly through varnishing. The look is now more "golden" and lighter than the old dark finish. The varnish surface is sealed and MUCH easier to keep clean, also.

We like it a lot, but then, we Would say that!

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Re: Grime on interior teak

I've tried many products including teak cleaner with little success. Then i tried Methanol or Methyl-hydrate and it wiped right off, i couldn't believe it actually.

The best part is methanol is about the cheapest stuff you can buy.
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Re: Grime on interior teak

For unvarnished teak, try Murphy's Oil Soap and water... it really does work wonders on dirty teak. After, apply teak oil, and the interior will look like it did when it was new.


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Olson, I'm sorry, without pictures we can't trust you.

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Re: Grime on interior teak

Our previous boat, an Ericson 35-3, had the same issue. Here is a link to our refinish project.

Interior Refinish - TKRonaBoat

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Wow, Tim, that was quite a job. Beautifully done!
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i use orange oil or murphys oil soap to get rid of the hand grease then orange oil or lemon oil to spiff it up


my interior is , as are most formosas, damnear all teak inside. like fancy furniture.


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Olson, I'm sorry, without pictures we can't trust you.
That's OK, we are all rather cautious of anyone who is "asleep at the wheel" !

Pictures... somewhere on the cam chip or the HD. Still looking...
Sorry 'bout that.

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our previous boat, an ericson 35-3, had the same issue. Here is a link to our refinish project.

interior refinish - tkronaboat
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