Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bradenton, FL
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We have a heavy teak boat (Hans Christian), and here is what we do:
For varnish, we scraped all the old varnish off using a heat gun. We sanded with 80 if needed, sanded with 120, sanded with 220, put on three coats of teak oil and used it to wet sand with 400. Put on 10 coats of Schooners sanding with 220 between each coat. Reapply another coat every 3 to 6 months.
For our bare teak:
Agree with JT, don’t ever use anything harder to clean it with than the white 3M pad, and always try to scrub against the grain.
We clean our bare teak with Teak Wonder which is safe for teak and is biodegradable. We try to do this about every 3 months to keep the teak looking great.
Some of our teak we use Semco on to maintain that fresh look, and we tend to recoat it at least every 3 months. This is much simpler than varnish since we don’t have to sand and can apply using a rag.
If you want to learn about how to finish teak, then get the book Brightwork: The Art of Finishing Wood by Rebecca J. Wittman. IMHO, the best book on finishing teak.
Don & Diana
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Last edited by remetau; 05-27-2010 at 07:15 AM.