Originally Posted by Gradient
I've had really good experience with the 3 stage products (cleaner/brightener/oil). Some say just throwing salt water
over it is enough but that doesn't work in really hot places like Oz where the wood just gets too dry. Never uses a stiff brush and brush across the grain with a soft brush.
Yes this issue has been discussed several times and we have learned a lot from many of the oldtimers here on the CF. We have full teak decks and teak brightwork throughout the topsides, cap rails, eyebrows, handrails and of course throughout the cockpit
. For anything that you walk on, leave it bare and yes toss salt water
on it every day. For anything else we use a two part product called epiphane varnish
and it is fantastic stuff. Labour intensive to prepare the teak and apply but well worth the end result when you are done. Something that you can take a lot of pride in when you are done.
And we are also in OZ and spent the last five years in SE Asia
where it is even hotter than the coastal areas of Australia
. Light sand throughout once a year and apply another coat to keep the brightwork brilliant. Teak you have to either love it or hate it.