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teak varnish?

Hello all my name is Casey and i just had a question about the wood on my boat. My boat is a 72 SeRay 22ft. 188HP(Of course my vette motor has more) but my question it How do i bring the wood back to a shiny color. The guy I got the boat from said teak oil? I just figures a f7 or 8 coats of varnish would be good? al so what brands are the best?
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Lightly sand down teak to bare wood.
Apply teak oil. Let soak in for about 1 week.
Wipe with denatured alcohol and begin applying the varnish of your choice.
Asking which brand(s) of varnish are best is like asking: "What is your favorite color?"

Some folks use varnish from a big box home supply store and swear by it.
Others think Epiphanes is the top varnish maker while others swear by Interlux varnishes. Then there is El Tonquinoise.
Take your pick.
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MUCH has been written on this subject here on Sailnet. Take advantage of the search function.

What you'll discover is that there is no single best answer. All teak treatments/coatings are a compromise. It's just a matter of deciding how much upkeep you can tolerate and how you want the teak to look.

A good general rule when using varnish on teak, is one coat per 20 horse power, which would indicate about 9 total coats for your Searay.

I am soooooo glad that my current boat has no teak.

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