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1. Heat gun ...but dont burn the teak
2. Paint Remover diluted with mineral spirits... if you spill, just wipe up quickly.
3. Full strength remover but be fast with wipe-ups and then buff-out the gelcoat.
4. carbide scraper or cabinet scraper.
5. The lazy-mans method: cover the checked/crazed varnish with saranwrap, place thin water wetted sponges between. Check back every few weeks to resoak the sponges. When the winter is over, the varnish will be lifted/loose, then finish the removal with a cabinet scraper, TSP, oxalic acid, etc. Takes about a month for the UV in sunlight and the high humidity from the wetted sponges to lift the varnish. Works on most boat topside paints also - including imron, awlgrip, interthane, brightsides, etc. ... keep them wetted/moist and they almost *fall off*. The warning: "not to be used for underwater surfaces" holds true - just go with the flow.
hope this helps