Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-03-2011, 07:58   #16
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,583
Images: 240
Re: best way to clean...

Oxalic acid is available in crystalline form, but many household cleaners, such as Bar Keepers Friend, contain oxalic acid.

After cleaning/bleaching the wood, neutralize the acid bleach by wiping the wood surface with diluted ammonia (1:1 with water) or baking soda solution (one scoop to a quart of water) using a clean sponge. If you donít neutralize the bleach, it will lighten any stain you apply later. Water is a mild neutralizer.

FWIW: The greasy feeling film that acid cleaners leave on a surface is just your skin dissolving.
__________________

__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 10:19   #17
Senior Cruiser
 
delmarrey's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Now in Blaine, WA
Boat: Modified Choate 40
Posts: 10,702
Images: 122
Re: best way to clean...

Quote:
Originally Posted by GordMay View Post
FWIW: The greasy feeling film that acid cleaners leave on a surface is just your skin dissolving.
And if your old, will dry the skin out. Gloves available at the hardware store.
__________________

__________________
Faithful are the Wounds of a Friend, but the Kisses of the Enemy are Deceitful! ........
A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves!

Unprepared boaters, end up as floatsum!.......
delmarrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 10:24   #18
cat herder, extreme blacksheep
 
zeehag's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: furycame alley , tropics, mexico for now
Boat: 1976 FORMOSA yankee clipper 41
Posts: 17,771
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: best way to clean...

why spend money when sea water does better by not removing wood from the teak ???? only makes sense......andye donthave to wear gloves or use special removers and such with seawater--is free and easy. has worked for centuries. why change a good thing????
zeehag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 11:47   #19
Guest
 
otherthan's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 843
Images: 3
Re: best way to clean...

Quote:
Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
why spend money when sea water does better by not removing wood from the teak ???? only makes sense......andye donthave to wear gloves or use special removers and such with seawater--is free and easy. has worked for centuries. why change a good thing????
zee sea water would be my first option...but for now I am on the st laurence river.
an old timer here uses Tide to wash his teak deck?
__________________
otherthan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 11:59   #20
Registered User
 
Bloodhound's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lake Texoma, Oklahoma
Boat: Westsail 32
Posts: 277
Re: best way to clean...

If you're on fresh water, how about making your own sea water? Marine aquarists do it all the time. Fresh water plus salt (or maybe salt from an aquarium store if you want real authenticity???) and Bob's your uncle, you've got sea water. Often when leaving our boat after a sail on this fresh water lake, I'll just sprinkle the deck with sea salt and hope it rains a bit. Seems to work until I can get to it every couple of months with salt water, a little bleach, and a plastic pad (get a lot of mold in fresh water around here, which is readily killed with very dilute bleach). Result: wet deck is a dark teak, dry deck a nice tawny silver --- lovely and clean either way.
__________________
Bloodhound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 12:52   #21
Moderator
 
cabo_sailor's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Tarpon Springs FL
Boat: Cabo Rico 38
Posts: 1,905
Re: best way to clean...

I'm not familiar with gold leaf paint, but I did try using gold colored enamel on the trailer boards of my cabo. DON'T! The gold enamel looked great for a little while and then turned muddy brown. Right now I'm using yellow paint. If I ever decide to gold leaf it, that will be the base.

The picture was taken two years after the painting. Not great but not bad IMO.

Rich
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010050.jpg
Views:	88
Size:	416.5 KB
ID:	24595  
__________________
cabo_sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 15:29   #22
Senior Cruiser
 
Jim Cate's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: cruising SW Pacific
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Posts: 11,455
Re: best way to clean...

FWIW:

Oxalic acid in the concentrations used to bleach or clean teak will NOT harm gel coat/polyester resin. It is the principle ingredient in many of the proprietary f/g hull cleaners and stain removers.

It will, however (as several have said) tend to remove the softer portions of any wood, leaving a raised grain, so use with great care if at all.

Cheers,

Jim
__________________
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II , lying Port Cygnet, Tasmania once again
Jim Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 19:59   #23
cat herder, extreme blacksheep
 
zeehag's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: furycame alley , tropics, mexico for now
Boat: 1976 FORMOSA yankee clipper 41
Posts: 17,771
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: best way to clean...

jobi--make salt water with rock salt and wAter---will do ye well. use on y0ur teak decks also. is the proper treatment for teakwood decking-- daily salt water flooding--keeps the wood from drying out and cracking.i found much of the deterioration of my own teakwood was corrected with sea / salt water and gentle 3m pad rub. even the addition of the salt water made the wood appear less cracked. i added the oil after the surface of the wood was dry-- didnt wait overnite-- dont have to. i donot oil decking when i have that--this boat has no teak decking. i clean house teak with salt water also, then oil.
zeehag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 20:15   #24
Freelance Delivery Skipper..
 
boatman61's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: UK/Portugal
Posts: 20,210
Images: 2
Send a message via Skype™ to boatman61
pirate Re: best way to clean...

Quote:
Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
jobi--make salt water with rock salt and wAter---will do ye well. use on y0ur teak decks also. is the proper treatment for teakwood decking-- daily salt water flooding--keeps the wood from drying out and cracking.i found much of the deterioration of my own teakwood was corrected with sea / salt water and gentle 3m pad rub. even the addition of the salt water made the wood appear less cracked. i added the oil after the surface of the wood was dry-- didnt wait overnite-- dont have to. i donot oil decking when i have that--this boat has no teak decking. i clean house teak with salt water also, then oil.
Is why you see pic's of old salts honing decks with stone and buckets...
El Pirata knows her stuff... bin the techy ****...
__________________


Born To Be Wild
boatman61 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 20:17   #25
Guest
 
otherthan's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 843
Images: 3
Re: best way to clean...

Quote:
Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
jobi--make salt water with rock salt and wAter---will do ye well. use on y0ur teak decks also. is the proper treatment for teakwood decking-- daily salt water flooding--keeps the wood from drying out and cracking.i found much of the deterioration of my own teakwood was corrected with sea / salt water and gentle 3m pad rub. even the addition of the salt water made the wood appear less cracked. i added the oil after the surface of the wood was dry-- didnt wait overnite-- dont have to. i donot oil decking when i have that--this boat has no teak decking. i clean house teak with salt water also, then oil.
will do that zee...what oil do you use?
herd olive oil was good?
__________________
otherthan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 20:22   #26
Freelance Delivery Skipper..
 
boatman61's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: UK/Portugal
Posts: 20,210
Images: 2
Send a message via Skype™ to boatman61
pirate Re: best way to clean...

Quote:
Originally Posted by jobi View Post
will do that zee...what oil do you use?
herd olive oil was good?
Jobi...Olive Oil with a drop of Ylang Ylang for the GF.... warmed to skin temp and applied gently starting at the shouilders....
Teak oil for the wood....
__________________


Born To Be Wild
boatman61 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 20:26   #27
Guest
 
otherthan's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 843
Images: 3
Re: best way to clean...

Quote:
Originally Posted by boatman61 View Post
Jobi...Olive Oil with a drop of Ylang Ylang for the GF.... warmed to skin temp and applied gently starting at the shouilders....
Teak oil for the wood....
hahaha dang I got confused

I knew olive oil was good for something
__________________
otherthan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 20:33   #28
cat herder, extreme blacksheep
 
zeehag's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: furycame alley , tropics, mexico for now
Boat: 1976 FORMOSA yankee clipper 41
Posts: 17,771
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: best way to clean...

rofl...what boatman said.....
__________________

zeehag is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to Clean an Alternator? Extemporaneous Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 4 05-02-2009 21:19



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:50.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.