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What to do with water stains

After an unfortunate "near sinking," I have a water mark left on my teak bulk heads. I have scrubbed off the stain...literally,and now have an unsightly reminder covering the first foot of the bulkheads. I have never stained the interior teak before, just used lemon oil twice a season to keep the teak looking healthy. Any recomendations would be appreciated.
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What to do with water stains

A few years ago rain filled the bottom of my cabin to about 6 inches while the boat was out of the water. Some oil was floating on top and it stained the teak joinerwork. I used a Scotch Brite pad to remove, and as I recall, oxalic acid to bleach (I''m not positive about that last step). Then I restained all of the joinerwork with a teak oil. It''s not perfect but it looks much better than it did.

You want to be very careful with teak that you not raise the grain. The wood is hard, but if you use a wire brush or something similar to scrub with the grain it will make smooth wood very uneven by removing soft material between the hard fibers. The advise given to me was to use nothing more abrasive than a Scotch Brite pad.
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What to do with water stains

Did you re stain the entire bulkhead or just the part that was unter water? Do you recommend a specific stain?
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What to do with water stains

As I recall I used Star brite Teak Oil, and I oiled all of the interior teak at the same time.
It needed it anyway. If you do just a portion I very much doubt that it will match.
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