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Cleaning dark teak bulkheads

My hunter 37 has very dark interior wood. All bulkheads and cabinets are oiled and have turned dark after many years of oiling. I am replacing the sole and the new wood is sooo much lighter in color. I am going to varnish the interior with satin finish varnish but would like to clean it first. What to do?? Sanding is my 1st choice but I am afraid there is not much wood in that teak veneer. Bleaching with a clorox solution??/ Oxalic acid or deck cleaner?? I expect some grain raise but can handle it.
I used to use a clorox product called Tackle on my outside teak and did a great job. I think it is marketed as Clorox Clean up now. It does the same thing and cleans decks and wood very well.
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You definitely need to get the old oil off before varnishing. I would try either the teak cleaners sold by WM and others or a product called "MEX" sold in hardware stores. Our club had very good luck using MEX to clean the wood paneling in our clubhouse after a kitchen fire. A dilute solutions of Oxalic acid might work also.
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I am posting my results in hopes to help someone else clean their boat. Due to the price of boat cleaning supplies, I expected to spend serious monies cleaning 30 years of teak oil from all the interior of my project boat however I decided to try another alternative first.

Well here is the scoop. I used DECK CLEANER by FLOOD, desined to clean outdoor decks. In a wallpaper pan (narrow and long plastic container designed to hold water where you dip wallpaper rolls). I dipped all the loose pieces and let stand for half hour. All the teak turned black. However, half an hour later, I scubbed lightly, rinsed and let dry. To my surprise, when I checked the next day, all the oils and darkness was gone. The teak is back to it's original color. Not bad. And only $14.00 for 1 gallon at LOWES. I did all the bulheads with a sponge and rinsed with plenty of water. It looks brand new.

Two days later, I decided to use DECK BRIGHTENER by FLOOD. 1 gallon makes 5 gallons of brightener. Now this liquid gave the teak a more pleasant color. I did not think I needed it, however after dipping several trim pieces in the brightener and letting them dry. There was a marked difference between the one with 2 coats versus the one with one coat. So, every thing got a second dunking. Now it looks like fresh, just sanded teak.
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30 years of oil and grunge gone.

WARNING: wear good gloves and protective eyeware. In my rush to try it, I lost several layers of skin on my hands. Decided to wash and try again later with gloves.

Good Cleaning.

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