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Best Teak Oil for the NW?

I'm in Seattle on a Westsail 28. It had natural teak which looked great when the boat was living in the (relatively pollution free) San Juans but, after 10 months in the city it's getting ugly. I'm planning on cleaning and applying teak oil. Looking for recommendations on the best teak oil for the NW conditions.
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It may sound strange, but a lot of folks up here swear by starbrite tropical teak oil. It works better than anything else I have ever tried. Leaving teak natural in the PNW isn't a good option. It gets waterlogged, turns black and nasty. It also absorbs fish blood, eagle poop and other stains really easily.

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Don't take oil it attracts dirt, mildew etc. Take a sealer. I'v no teak on my boat but had to finish a teak garden table. I used SEMCO TEAK SEALER (Natural). It gives a light tan, no gloss. It looks like it was just sanded. 2 coats is all it needs and it is very water repellent. Fastest finish i'v ever done. See the test in Practical sailor of April. Good Luck
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Plain teak oil here in the PNW needs to be applied about once a month to keep it looking good based on my experience. A teak sealer should last longer, but I'm not sure what it ends up looking like. I've used the Cetol natural and with three coats it seems to last about 2-3 years before you need another maintenance coat, and it looks a lot better than the regular Cetol. No simple solution in our wet climate, untreated wood just turns black, even in the islands.

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Don't take oil it attracts dirt, mildew etc. Take a sealer. I'v no teak on my boat but had to finish a teak garden table. I used SEMCO TEAK SEALER (Natural). It gives a light tan, no gloss. It looks like it was just sanded. 2 coats is all it needs and it is very water repellent. Fastest finish i'v ever done. See the test in Practical sailor of April. Good Luck

Ditto that. Semco doesn't attract airborne crud like oils do. Same for Teak wonder, but last time I checked, Teak Wonder had a kind of ruddy color.
Of course, Cetol works too, but it's a totally different animal.
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