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Old 05-11-2015, 10:30   #1
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Sanding Teak Slats

I'm sanding teak slats from a cockpit seat. They have white streaks that look like deck wax that has penetrated the wood. Can I sand it out or is there another way to clean these up for varnishing?
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Re: Sanding Teak Slats

The gray/white appears to be normal weathered teak-where the old varnish has been worn thru to bare wood.
The slats will need to be sanded to all "new" wood.

Personnally,I would run them thru my thickness planer to clean up the flat top surface. Then I would run them over my router table using a rounding bit.

But I'm lazy & hate sanding any more than necessary

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Re: Sanding Teak Slats

Some people use stripper to remove the old varnish. Then all you need is a light sanding to remove the discolored areas and to prepae the suface to be varnished again.

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Re: Sanding Teak Slats

Yes, appears to be the finish gone in those areas. You can sand lightly elsewhere and to bare teak where it is exposed, but it wont look a uniform color when finished. I too hate sanding, I'd use my 6" belt sander and just round the corners on that when I've removed the top part..
Seeing's how they are off the boat the stripper idea is good...
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