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Diesel on teak.. argh!!! Help!

I just got a call from one of the guys working on my boat. I had a company come out to polish the diesel in my tanks and they spilled about a cup of diesel on the teak deck and never cleaned it up. I haven't seen it, but according to the person working on my boat "It's a big stain and looks awful and your boat now smells like diesel."

The decks were just redone a few weeks ago and are original from 1984 - weathered, newly bleached and new thyocol. Does anyone have any idea as to how teak reacts to diesel sitting on it for a couple of days? Is this going to be a permanent stain? Will it affect the thyocol? I called the company that did the fuel polish and the GM won't be back until Tuesday. Hopefully they will step up and take care of the cost. I'm just wondering what I need to do.

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Wish I could help, but I avoid teak whenever, where ever, possible. Is a PITA though after getting it done.

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Spraynine or another "modern" cleaner should look after it. IMHO
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Admiral says...Mr. Clean with a toothbrush followed by Murphy's Oil soap diluted 3:1 with VERY hot water...then rinse with fresh water thoroughly.
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DON'T WORRY.....

I've had Diesel spilled in my teak....it will vanish on its own...give it time and salt water...
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What Giu said.

Similarly to that old saying, "No matter how much I shake and dance, the last few drops always end up in my pants", my teak deck usually gets a drip or two when refueling. But unlike those spotted khaki shorts, it eventually fades away.

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Just a little trick I've been using for many years...

Before I go to the Diesel pump, I allways wet the area around the diesel filling tap with salt water...that prevents further staining should it happen..works like a charm.
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Glad to hear it.. thanks all for the quick replies. I was a bit freaked that there would be a permanent stain, especially after just redoing the decks. Should I worry at all about chemical breakdown of the thyocol that was put down 3 weeks ago?

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What Giu said.

Similarly to that old saying, "No matter how much I shake and dance, the last few drops always end up in my pants", my teak deck usually gets a drip or two when refueling. But unlike those spotted khaki shorts, it eventually fades away.
I'd love for it just to be a spot or two. This is about a 1'x1' area next to the cockpit where the guy who was polishing the fuel dropped an entire cupfull of diesel.

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Listen.....i Shall Say Ziz Only Vuonce....

Forget About It...the Teak Will Absorb The Oil And The Stain Will Be Gone In A Week.................
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