OK, I know how to sand, clean, bleach, oil
, etc to make old teak
look nice and newer but don't know how to age new teak
to make it look older.
I had to repair damage from the PO to the teak rub rail which requires cutting out and replacing about a 2 foot section. So now I have a nice, shiny, brown, smooth piece of teak that sticks out like a sore thumb in a 30 year old rub rail. Perhaps more appropriate, the 30 year old rub rail looks like the sore thumb compared to the new teak. Regardless they don't match at all.
I can clean/bleach/oil the old teak so the color will match the new a little better but the grain in the old teak is aged as well, with the hard parts
of the grain standing proud of the soft parts
So does anyone have any suggestions on how to make the new teak look older? Some ideas I have come up with but not yet tried.
- By some method abrade the new teak to eat away some of the soft grain: pressure washer, sand/soda blasting, non-wire brush wheel
for a drill.
- Chemically etch away the softer grain. Some teak cleaning
systems use acids to clean the teak, oxalic is one if I recall
. What if i used more/stronger/longer acid solution on the teak? Would that damage the teak too much and not just remove some of the grain?
Any ideas appreciated.