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Truth on Teak Interior?

Hello All,

We went again to see the 1975 Northern 29, he had the Atomic 4 running (on the hard) and both forward and reverse gears were fine. Took out a few sails and they were in great condition. All the Teak is scuffed or just tired out! What is the truth on bringing teak back to it's beauty? Maybe scuffed is not the right wording, it's just from age. I hope to make up our minds soon and the next time we have to drive 4 hours, it will be to start cleaning and making it ours.
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Re: Truth on Teak Interior?

It will come back 100%. I knew a Kalina here, in the 60s.
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Re: Truth on Teak Interior?

Old English oil should make the teak look good again. I use it on my 79 Endeavour interior and it it looks great.

I would be worried about the impeller if he is starting it on the hard with no water running thru the raw water intake.
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Re: Truth on Teak Interior?

Have a look at this earlier topic:
Teak Interior Help
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Re: Truth on Teak Interior?

If you're talking solid teak, you can bring it back to life. If you're talking teak veneered plywood, it's only as good as the thickness of the veneer, which isn't much. If it's scratched and you try to sand it smooth, you can easily sand through the veneer. If it's gouged through the veneer, you might try to patch it with a matching putty or just leave it and live with it.
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Re: Truth on Teak Interior?

You might try Tung Oil as well. Wipe hard with a kitchen type spray cleaner to remove film and old dirt and then, after it dries, wipe on Tung Oil. I did this to my old faded teak interior and it came out like new. Try to avoid sanding through the old surface unless you're ready to completely refinish the whole thing.
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Re: Truth on Teak Interior?

You can sand it, or wipe it with a bit of oxalic acid. It'll come back. The acid works easily and if scrub it on, then rinse it off it will bring out the color without bleaching. Leave it on and it will bleach it a bit. I've used it a few times on my own before varnishing on the interior.
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Re: Truth on Teak Interior?

The sole in my boat is high quality vertical grain fir. There are some black spots where the varnish was neglected and the wood got wet. PO's fault of course.

If I sand/scrape the varnish off will Oxalic remove or bleach out the black spots?
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Re: Truth on Teak Interior?

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The sole in my boat is high quality vertical grain fir. There are some black spots where the varnish was neglected and the wood got wet. PO's fault of course.

If I sand/scrape the varnish off will Oxalic remove or bleach out the black spots?
Yes, even TSP will help remove some mold
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Re: Truth on Teak Interior?

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The sole in my boat is high quality vertical grain fir. There are some black spots where the varnish was neglected and the wood got wet. PO's fault of course.

If I sand/scrape the varnish off will Oxalic remove or bleach out the black spots?
It'll make it brighter but probably won't blend it back into the old wood unless it's fairly recent. If you sand the heck out of it and remove 1/16" or so, maybe you could get it. Discoloration/mold goes pretty deeply into softwoods like fir, pine, and spruce. Try hitting just the spots with full strength wood bleach. A little matching colored pencil or wood matching liquid pencil can work wonders before varnishing. An old German carpenter I know had a saying,"A leetle pooty a leetle baint, make id look vat it ain't."
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