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08-08-2010 09:40 PM
catamariner Me too... will let you know!
08-08-2010 07:15 PM
aladybug Thanks for the tip on cleaning teak. I am in the beginning process of restoring a very neglected 31' Cheoy Lee. The teak inside and out is in much need cleaning.
I have tried Comet (so-so), Snappy Teak-nu (good but expensive).
I can't wait to try this formula.
07-07-2010 01:59 AM
KeltiC Thanks for all the tips! Sanding is a lot of work, which I was prepared to do...but if there is an easier way...I am all for it! There is a lot of wood on the boat and the boat is not nearby so it's not convenient to work on in my spare time. When we go to the boat every other weekend...we plan on leaving the dock....not working! When we finally get around to 'cleaning up' the wood....I'll let you know how it goes!
In the meantime, we have to take care of a more urgent matter....we have no neutral gear as we recently found out!!
06-30-2010 08:46 PM
GentleBreeze
teak cleaning formula

Before you go to the trouble to sand, try the following home formula. It is cheep and I have used it on my teak around the boat. I hope it works for you.
1-Tbsp of Tri-sodium phospate (got mine at Wallmart)
1- Tbsp of Lemon Joy liquid dish soap
1- White tile scrubbing pad (blue is too course)
Add the above to one gallon of hot water or as hot as you can stand. I have used tap water as well.
Wear gloves as the mixture will irritate your skin some.
Test in a small area first.
Rinse well with clean water and allow to dry thoroughly.
Note:
I use the same mixture (except to 4 gallons of water ) to keep and maintain my teak decks once or twice yearly.
Let me know how and if it works for you..... Good Luck
06-30-2010 07:15 PM
ICEBIRD The water stains will need to be sanded,an electric palm sander works best on flat surfaces. CETOL Marine varnish,teak finish will make your table and cabinets sparkle.You can get it at most marine stores. Cheers! BILL s/v ICEBIRD
06-15-2010 10:30 PM
KeltiC Faster, thanks! I will check out photobucket.

I was afraid we'd have to sand the wood!! It will be a lot of work...not to mention the mess from sanding!!
I think it will have to wait until later in the Fall though...we don't want to waste our boat time doing work (on our days off) while we could be out having fun in the sun!
06-15-2010 10:26 PM
sailor50 Put new gasket material in the port lights. You can get this from Goodyear Tire and Rubber. Yep, the tire company makes gaskets in all kinds of profiles, diameters, dimensions.

The secret is to not over-tighten them after they are replaced. A basic neoprene gasket does dry out - you compress it after several closures, put Vaseline on the inside after several uses, keeps it supple.
06-15-2010 10:18 PM
Faster For pictures using a photo hosting site like Photobucket works best, simply paste the IMG CODE link from your 'album' there into a post here and voila! there it is. Free and easy to join.

Water stained teak is very difficult to 'clean up'... sanding will probably work best. If you plan on using the shower that area would be best sealed with a good varnish. If I remember correctly the Coopers used mostly oiled teak finish below.
06-15-2010 10:15 PM
KeltiC Its definitely water...'cuz it's left streaks the way water would.
I'd post pics but I haven't figured out how to do that on here yet.
The inside wood just looks dull and dry!! It needs finishing!!
06-15-2010 10:12 PM
zz4gta If its not being walked on, I like to varnish all interior teak. Looks great and last a long time if it's not in the sun. Usually you can sand out some stains, but water alone shouldn't stain teak.
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