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Old 06-01-2012, 05:38   #1
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Motor Oil on Teak Decks ! Argggghhhh !

My young crewman was changing engine oil, and -- no need to go into details -- spilled a certain quantity of motor oil on my teak deck.

He scrubbed the spots for a couple of hours with dishwashing detergent - exactly what I would have done.

The spot still looks horrible.

Does anyone know if there is anything -- anything!! -- which can be done to get out such spots?

Arrrrgggggghhhhh!!!!
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Re: Motor Oil on Teak Decks! Argggghhhh!

I used some French stuff: "K" something (K2 perhaps). It is a spray can. It worked very well.

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Re: Motor Oil on Teak Decks! Argggghhhh!

Just leave it. I periodically spill hydraulic oil on my teak and the stain fades over time. I look at it like oiling the teak. Doesn't hurt anything.
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Lemon juice (pure)... get a bottle of Jif Juice from Tesco's..
don't scrub it... teak don't like scrubbing..
Not saying it'll work.. but its awesome the stuff it can shift...
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Re: Motor Oil on Teak Decks! Argggghhhh!

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Just leave it. I periodically spill hydraulic oil on my teak and the stain fades over time. I look at it like oiling the teak. Doesn't hurt anything.
+1 In a million years that teak WILL be engine oil.
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Re: Motor Oil on Teak Decks! Argggghhhh!

I think the stuff Barnakiel is thinking of is K2R spot remover. It's a spray can. This is usually used on clothes but the guys at Teak Decking Systems suggested it to me at a boat show for small grease spots (like potato chips - since banned on the boat anyways). It dries to a powder that you brush off.

The cleaner from Teak Decking Systems is also my favorite general cleaner. It lifts mildew (the black spots) out of the teak better than anything else I've tried. Leaves a beautiful silver/tan color. You might also call them for advice. Nice folk.

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Re: Motor Oil on Teak Decks! Argggghhhh!

Hi Dockhead,
Wessex Chemicals (near Bournemouth) manufacture a good teak cleaner and also a brightner. I have used both. Its good and great value if bought in bulk. The cleaner somehow seems to open the grain so dirt lifts to the surface - it is certainly worth a go . I can only apologise I've not got a bottle to hand as you'd not need a lot, but I believe they may also retail this locally so try one of the Lymington chandlers.
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Re: Motor Oil on Teak Decks! Argggghhhh!

Simple Green has worked well for me.
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Re: Motor Oil on Teak Decks! Argggghhhh!

Update:

After considering all the methods suggested here and trawling the 'net, I decided to try naphtha and diatomaceous earth.

I couldn't find the diatomaceous earth (comes from swimming pool supply companies and there isn't one in walking distance from Cowes) so I used kitty litter.

It worked!!

I went to bed last night sure that I would be faced with the extremely unpleasant choice of living with hideous spotted decks, or shelling out God knows how much on replacing the decks aft. The problem -- it seemed to me -- was that it was used motor oil, full of carbon black from the diesel. Carbon black makes an excellent dye. Argh!

So I mixed naphtha with kitty litter and slathered it on a small area as an experiment. Left it over night.

Today the test area looks great -- silver colored like the rest of the deck, with no trace of the spot! Yes!!

Now I will have my guilty crewman find some diatomaceous earth and do it all properly.

I am sure this can't be good for the teak -- sucking out all the oil and drying it out, I'm sure. But I really can't just leave it -- it utterly ruins the appearance of the deck.

Anyway -- for the greater good -- here is a method which works.
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LOL..... Great improvisation...
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