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Teak Oil and Temperature

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What is the lowest ambient temperature I should attempt to apply teak oil on a sanded exterior surface?

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Depends on how long you want to wait for it to soak in and how long you will wait for it to 'cure'.
35-40 degrees cooler than 70 degrees will essentially double the viscosity which will probably quadruple the time for 'soak-in' and probably 4 times the rate at which it 'cures'/dries. .... just a guestimate based on 'chemical and physical kinetics'.

Simple answer .... do it on the 'warmest day possible' and then expect it to take a very LONG time to lose its 'stickiness'. If it all goes 'bad', you can easily remove it with TSP and start over when its going to be 'warm' for a long period.
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Chris,

If you're intending to apply teak oil to the decks of your new Passport 40, my advice would be DON'T DO IT. Leave 'em bare.

Teak has lots of its own natural oil, and requires only occasional cleaning. Oiled teak decks attract dirt like crazy and are very hot underfoot...the last thing you want in hot weather.

In the pix of your boat, the teak decks don't look too bad. Maybe a very light sanding, cleaning (by using a very weak soap solution and scrubbing across the grain) should make 'em look great.

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Bill - Nope.. not on there. I have someone coming to look at my Precision 23 tomorrow (hopefully to buy it) and there are three pieces of teak that have grayed (two handrails and an instrument mount). It's 30 degrees up here, but the boat is stored in a warehouse where the ambient temp is around 40 degrees. We actually went ahead and did it and the oil did soak in well after sanding.

On our Passport 40, we just pulled up all of the thyocol and put new stuff down, put new bungs in where needed and bleached the decks. As of last weekend, she's done. She looks good
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Glad to hear it.

What did you use to replace the Thiokhol....101?

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