OK, I 'm heading to the boat with my arsenal of ideas and supplies you all suggested (Many Thanks to ALL)
TSP -This is high octaine (sodium bicarb)so I'll leave the baking soda home. I'm not sure TSP will leach out all the old oil
so my teak
treatment (caustic and acid)can do it's job but my companionway
steps have little oil
on them and a lot of ground in dirt. I'm sure the TSP will help there.
Cabinet scraper- I'll use my window ice scraper. I'll soften then gunk with the chemicals and then scrap it off avoiding the need to liquidity all the gunk.
Turpentine - not good as it absorbs through skin. If I'm wearing gloves I use Toluene. You may be thinking Mineral spirits. It does not go through your skin but is not much better to breath than toluene. I'll bring along some odorless mineral spirits. It does not go through skin and has many of the harmful volatile ingredients removed.
No silicone. Good point I do want to varnish
Simple green. I have a product similar. I'll test it along side the TSP.
, In my previous life , I was a paint engineer
. Your hood
suggestion is good much better than a respirator in the heat. I suggest a much cheaper version http://www.axispro.com/index.php?productID=117
I'm taking my box fan suggestion just in case I need to use the heavy weights so no respirator or hood should be needed
Care by don Casey appears to be for exterior teak. I could not find much addressing this issue.
SeaWater, I'm in Wisconsin. Can you get this at West Marine
Again thanks for the suggestions but I may need to resort to solvents . After all, by definition, that is what they are used for. Dissolving things like twenty so years of crud.
I'm going to try actone and follow it up with immediately with Isopropyl alcohol but I'm thinking the acetone will evaporate too fast so I'll pick up some toluene or xylene. All this followed by a lot of grain alcohol once the stripping is over.