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Old 16-07-2010, 10:21   #1
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Teak Brightener on Veneer ?

Hi all;

I am refinishing our cabin sole boards. They are teak and holly veneer over ply. I have stripped 99% of the old finish off with a chemical stripper. There are some uneven colored areas left behind, from some water damage from standing water in the bilge. I would like to even out the color before refinishing.

Can I use teak brightener safely on the Veneer?

Also, in the cabin there is one spot where a portlight leaked, stripping the satin finish and the wood is now bare where the water dripped down the face of a panel. What is the best method to have this refinished and looking like the rest of the wood? It is verneer also.

My thought was to mask off the panel carefully, and use gel stripper, then brightener, then finish. Sound good?

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Sure - just donít scrub it in with an abrasive pad or very stiff brush, as you might with solid wood. Instead, use a sponge or soft brush to work the brightener.

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I had some dark water-stains on some of our floor boards that are surfaced with a teak and holly veneer and found that we could best treat the stains by lightly sponging on an oxalic acid based wood bleach and then blotting with a paper towel to minimize the grain raising. It takes patience and repeated treatments but it will work reasonably well. Once dry, the surface will need very light sanding before the new finish is applied. To get an idea how the new finish will look, wipe down the surface with mineral spirits beforehand. If signs of the stain reappear, re-clean the surface with acetone or 90% alcohol and then re-treat with your oxalic acid mix. It will work but it does require patience. FYI, be sure to coat the underside and edges of your panels as well as the wearing surface with your finish. I used satin finish Minwax Helmsman verathane covered with several coats of Minwax satin finish hardwood floor finishing which prodouced very good results--at least according to our slip neighbors that inspected the finished work.

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Old 17-07-2010, 07:31   #4
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Thanks for the info. The reason we are going through this at all is that the PO did not seal the bottom and sides. We had a leak in the water tank, and the finish yellowed.

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