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Faded Wood (sun) in cabin

What product do people recommend to use to bring back the luster of the wood in the cabin?

It is not varnished, it is mahogany (veneer).

I am without ideas...
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Re: Faded Wood (sun) in cabin

You could try teak oil. Our previous boat had a natural non-varnished interior with lots of veneered wood. Not sure if it was teak or something else. We would clean with Murphy's OIl Soap and then rub in teak oil each spring and it kept the wood looking very nice.

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Re: Faded Wood (sun) in cabin

I was thinking teak oil... (thank you!)

Anyone else?
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Hi there. My recommendation would be to stay away from teak oil, it will go black after time.
I have a 1973 Dufour 35 with lots of teak inside and out. I have been using a product called Bondex. I am not their sales person but could be it is fantastic.
If you sand down the wood and use teak brite this will clean it up like new, then apply 4 to 5 coats of Bondex and your going to love the result.
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Re: Faded Wood (sun) in cabin

I second the statement to avoid teak oil as it will attract dirt and darken with age. Look at Daly's Seafin finish after brightening / cleaning your interior teak. Adds a nice glow to the wood and is easy to apply.

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Re: Faded Wood (sun) in cabin

I have to differ with the comments about teak oil turning black and darkening the interior wood. In the 20 years I used it before selling the boat, I never experienced those issues. Perhaps it was the annual cleaning with Murphy's Oil Soap. The interior wood looked like it was in a 5 year old boat, not a 25 year old boat, when I sold it.
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Re: Faded Wood (sun) in cabin

Howard Feed-N-Wax is my favorite. A combination of beeswax and Orange Oil. Available at most Home Depot stores, etc. Goes on easy. Does need to be reapplied, but it is so easy to do that it is not a chore.
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Re: Faded Wood (sun) in cabin

Hey, am I the only one who likes varnish?
Ny 25 yo boat's interior was looking real faded and lifeless. I'm assuming it was varnished many years ago if not at the factory.
I'm in the process of putting 2 coats on everything and so far I'm very happy with the results. For me, I get a good quality satin finish varnish and thin it about 10-15% and that helps it really soak into the wood.
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Re: Faded Wood (sun) in cabin

Try some Old English Oil. If the wood is really dried out you'll need to apply a decent amount (soak a rag well and wipe it in). Do it once a week for a month and you should get the amount of moisture back up in the wood along with a deep luster.

My interior is hand-rubbed teak. When I first got the boat the interior was very dried out and faded. I stuck with Old English and couldn't be more pleased with the results. Once you get the moisture level in the wood built back up it only takes a light application every 3 or 4 months.
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Re: Faded Wood (sun) in cabin

It's a funny world; I was just looking around before posting this:

The Admiral saw the boat over the weekend and was very pleased. She mentioned how dry the cabin trim looked and asked about my plans for it. Although I'd love to pull it all out this fall and give it 37 coats of varnish over the winter, the coachroof teak is getting that treatment first. She volunteered to rub some lemon oil into it and give it some shine (she's good that way).

I haven't seen the product she intends to use, but can anyone suggest something they have used that will:
1. Shine things up a little
2. Have a citrus scent (or similar, maybe mint)
3. Not mess up my 'plan' to refinish in a few years

She mentioned teak oil first; when I told her about the smell and the mess, she suggested lemon oil.

Any ideas?


It looks like answers are Howard Feed'n'Wax or Old English Oil.

When Teak Oil is used below, how long does the smell last?

Seems like the Feed'n'Wax would have a nice scent (in the same way that the holding tank doesn't).

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