Originally Posted by GaryMayo
What did you clean the wood with? I need to do the same, but do not want to damage the wood.
Well, through MUCH trial and error (read cleaned the wood 6 different ways in different areas, lol) I found that first dissolving 1/2 cup of TSP into 2 gallons and having another clean bucket of water
on the side and many many towels, I used a Heavy Duty Scrub Pad
first and scrubbed lightly against the grain of the wood. And by heavy duty scrub pad I don't mean the kind used to clean dishes I mean the kind used to remove varnish.
This scrub pad is one off the most important things! Mine accidentally went overboard
with a bucket on day 1 so on day two I used other scrub pads with not as good an effect. I went back on day 3 with the right pad and re cleaned the areas.
The TSP water
will get dark with the old stain as you scrub so use the clean water bucket as needed. I used the towels to wipe across the wood periodically and soak up the stain as well. The towels will turn brown and you will know you are getting somewhere. It also helps with the wash down process since you can't exactly hose off the interior of the boat.
Next use a sponge and towels and fresh buckets of water to "rinse" the area just cleaned. The most difficult part of the whole cleaning process to me was getting out on deck and filling up new buckets of water.
Next I started the 2 part cleaning and bleaching using Starbrite products
. Use same Heavy duty scrub pad with the Cleaner first. Rinse with clean water and towels like above. Let dry then use soft sponge to apply the bleaching part. Directions say to wait five minutes but I waited 20 and also reapplied coats of the bleach. Wash bleach off with fresh water also.
It took a total of 20 hours to clean and bleach the Head and Vberth in our Westsail 32, Which is totally teak and mahogany, no plastic. I think my time would have been cut in half if I had used the right scrub pad and cleaned every area with TSP right from the start.
It may not look like much in the picture but I assure you the difference is striking. When I wipe a wet sponge over the cleaned wood the wood glows with amazing colors. I was about to paint
lots of area white in our boat, but now plan instead to clean the wood in the rest of the boat to bring out the gorgeous color.
My thumbs and wrists and knees hurt a bit after all of this, but it is a labor of love, and the results are awesome.
Now I can't wait to oil it, but am in desperate need of more suggestions. I would like to use lemon oil or simple furniture oil but am unsure if this will penetrate back into the wood like I need. I don't want to have to oil it every 3 months. I am looking for something that will keep for a year and not leave an oily residue.
Maybe furniture oil will work..I have some tung oil on the boat and may try both in a hard to see area to test.