Without started yet another thread about it, I am re-surfacing this one because it's all relevant to my question.
I'm getting pretty tired of this teak stuff. 3 months ago I set out with West Marine teak cleaner & brighter and West Marine Gold Premium Teak Oil. I followed all the directions perfectly, and by the end of the weekend people on the dock were coming by to compliment how good the hand-rails looked (in addition to the hatch boards, cockpit pockets, and teak around the sliding hatch board)
Anyway. After 1 week the port side started to grey. I re-applied another layer all around, thinking the oil just didn't absorb well enough. It looked good again. After 2 weeks it started to grey again. This time I set aside a whole day to liberally apply the oil again. All around, again. It looked okay from far for about a month, but up close you could see it just wasn't absorbing or staying in the grain of the teak.
It's been 2 months and it has rained off an on previously but nothing really happened to the teak. Last night it rained like normal southern california- nothing heavy. And it essentially looks as though I never EVER treated my teak. It pisses me off.
Additionally, even though I wiped off excess oil after 10-15 minutes of application (As the directions say) it seems that the oil seeps out when the hatch boards get wet. Then I have rain-saturated teak oil on my fiberglass. Increasing the level of pissed offness.
Any advice? I don't want to keep laboring away once every couple weeks with layers of teak oil to sustain "the look". I don't want to varnish because I don't want to varnish.