My boat is teak all over, and I DO NOT USE ANY CHEMICALS at all.
Just good old mother nature Salt Water. If you can, have a look at my photos on member's galleries and see for yourself.
I don't even bother washing the boat with fresh water after I sail.
Go on, go have a look!! Silver it is!
The SOLE AND ONLY purpose of teak is to avoid slipping and falling on your BUTT, (some might use it to sell boats due to its looks, I don't care) if you varnish it, it looses its PURPOSE. OK?
I agree it looks good, but that's a "perks".
I just remeber, that some of you in the US sail in fresh water, in that case.... disregard my post, as this "preacher" preaches to salties only!!
Now, if you use chemicals once, just once, you will be a slave of your teak ALL YOUR LIFE.
Teak has natural oils that will surface when needed. These oils will cause mildew. Salt water helps avoiding it.
Been around (never chemicalled!!!) teak deck for over 20 years.
Please don't put anything on it, really.
Look at some of the old boats's teak. what did they use???? salt water, my friend, salt water.
And if someone here disagrees, good for them, I don't care. I will still use mother nature's resources.
After writting this I just remembered that some of you in the US sail in fresh water. If that is your case, disregard my post as this "preacher" only preaches to salties.