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Im making an offer on an older boat in the next couple of days... the boat had a leak in an overhead hatch which allowed alot of rainwater to accumulate in the cabin...the boat sat unattended for quite a while and the water got over the cabin sole, completely destroyed the teak and holly veneer over plywood sole.

That can be fixed by replacing the whole shootin match... but.. now there is also a dark ring of oily, dirt, stain and whatever else was in the bildge that has fouled the bottom 4 inches of bulkhead. Its not delaminated, and is still sound, but definitely stained..

Any suggestions on how to get that stain out of the teak? Perhaps bleaching it and restaining it with some minwax stain? Im open to suggestions here
 

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Actually, I had considered a teak trim baseboard just to cover the stuff up...could be a quick and easy solution.
 

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The only problem with that is some surveyors (like me lol) will see this as a red light that there may be other problems like sagging floors, rot, and of course partial flooding. But if it is just staining it will not be an issue in the end they will just look closer at that area.
 

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What about re-veneering the entire bulkhead?
 

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Actually, I had considered a teak trim baseboard just to cover the stuff up...could be a quick and easy solution.
That's exactly the kind of thing that trim is for.

Well, that and gaps. ;)
 

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Are you sure the bulkhead is teak? Not Mahogany?
 

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No Im not sure...its a Watkins 30... Its unvarnished... rubbed oil.. so I was guessing teak... but according to my wife...Ive been wrong before..although I cant remember when.
 

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Try a good teak cleaner that contains oxalic acid.
Yep...gonna try teak cleaner... probably going to end up doing the whole bulkhead to get it all to one color, then re oil/stain it... cant look any worse than it does now.
 

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Be careful not to soak it or you'll peel the teak veneer layer.
 

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Yep...gonna try teak cleaner... probably going to end up doing the whole bulkhead to get it all to one color, then re oil/stain it... cant look any worse than it does now.
Should help, but don't expect miracles. I would try staining after the teak cleaner, then teak oil.
 

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Why stain? Teak should look like teak, not some other wood.
I am guessing the water stained areas and the unaffected areas will still look different even after the cleaning. Minwax stain or something similar prior to the teak oil would help even the tone out.
 

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It will never look the same. Stain MIGHT even it out a bit but even a thorough, heavy sanding of solid wood will frequently not get all staining out. With veneer it's basically impossible. If you REALLY want a fresh surface, a new layer of veneer is the only way to do it.
 

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Can I assume any type of wood could use some teak oil? Or it may not be right but it won't hurt any wood with teak oil?
 

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Correct - there is nothing "Teak" about teak oil - it's a marketing convenience. It sounds so much classier than "Wood Oil" - to the tune of several $$ per can I suspect.
 
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