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Old 07-02-2002
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I have a 44 Kalik with a teak deck that I am considering putting Teakguard on. Has anyone had any experience with that product or SEMCO on the deck. Obviously, I could let it go gray, and I may, but I am trying to find out what the experience has been. I do not want something that is just another thing to take care of as I prefer to spend as much time sailing as possible. I would like however, to preserve the deck as long as possible.
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I believe that SEMCO and Teakguard are radically different products. (I looked into buying a teak decked boat about 3 years ago and did some research.) From talking to owners of boats with teak decks, a teak deck manufacturer, and the head of service at a boatyard they all suggest nothing but washing the deck daily with water and brushing perpendicular to the grain. Would not put any paint, varish, stain, organic oil, etc as it will simply not last and, in the case of "teak oil" will provide lunch for the mildew once the sun heats it up. You might want to give teakguard a try as it is a non-organic oil and is, therefore, unattractive to micro-organisms. Check out the forum on a wooden boat site and ask the same question. You will get some advice of true experts there.
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I just put teak guard on all teak deck.
I know about the advice of simply washing the deck, but I wanted to bring teak back to life as mine was dark gray when I bought the boat. I washed it with Teak Cleaner from West Marine 3 times and progressively milder teak cleaning solutions.
I just put on two coats of Teak Guard over the weekend, mostly out of concern over mineral oil problems. One thing I can offer at this time - the teak takes on a yellowish tint. I will put on two more coats next weekend.

I''ll keep you posted if you wish.
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Let us now how you make out. Remember that most of the teak cleaners sold are an acidic solution that eats away at the top layer of the wood. Not good.
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I am aware of the "eating away" affect of teak cleaners. However I have not noticed much of a difference. Previous owner had the deck sanded, which he regretted. So, some places were smooth & some a bit rough. After cleaning, smooth stayed smooth. I do not plan on using teak cleaner again.
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The best thing for teak decks is a lot of salt water. Salt kills mildew, which turns the teak black and dryrot fungus. Another advantage of salt is that the decks wind up a nice looking light grey color. They do not require cleaning, and you do not degredate your teak deck.
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