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Old 26-02-2016, 20:55   #61
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Re: Interior Teak Wood...too many options!

The original manual from my Tartan says they oil wood with watco oil applied with 320-400 grit wet sanded, then they apply watco wax.
Does anyone use watco wax? Seems like it would leave a nice surface. My interior teak is still in nice shape so I'm inclined to apply a coat of oil followed by a coat of wax after a few days. Debating finding watco wax vs using butchers wax.


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Old 27-02-2016, 07:32   #62
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Re: Interior Teak Wood...too many options!

Here's a dumb question from a new boat owner. I have a 35 year old (new to me) boat with interior wood that badly needs attention. The first problem is that the wood surfaces, especially the "high touch" areas are dirty. I have cleaned with soap and water, and have lots more to do, but here's my question: whether I ultimately oil or varnish the surfaces, do I need to worry about removing the residue introduced by the cleaning, and if so, how do I do that? Acetone? I have read through the threads, and did not find anything that directly addressed this.

Fyi, years ago (like 35 years) I varnished the interior of my dad's boat, but I definitely did not know what I was doing back then so prior experience is not helpful, and anyway it was a five year old boat without the accumulated grime of decades. Also, does anyone have experience using linseed oil as a finish vs varnish? I saw one post on that option.
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Re: Interior Teak Wood...too many options!

My source of information is an Antique dealer with exceptional ability on wood finish.

I was warned to use NO oil, including line seed oil. In fact,in one year time final result is nil.

Either water-based floor finish (2 hands, after alcohol cleaning) or liquid wax.

I'll try both, maybe wax in cabins, and glossy floor lawyer in saloon and on floor panels
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Re: Interior Teak Wood...too many options!

Try Smith & Co. Clear Penetrating Epoxy, (CPES) It will seal the wood and if you want is an excellent base coat. It is like water in consistency. Star Distributing * Smith & Co. Epoxy Products Start PageStar Distributing * Why Does CPES Work? One coat will dry and look like a mineral spirit wipe looks before it evaporates off the wood.

The grab rails have one coat of CPES and the partial partition is varnished as is the scroll work and fwd bulkhead. Another advantage of CPES is your first coat of varnish is un-thinned.
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When it comes to varnish, we use Epifanes inside and out (just slightly different finishes for each), which seems to be very durable.
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