We live on an inland sea (Lake Texoma on the TX-OK border) so although I'd prefer salt water washing
, it isn't an option right now. So Tilex and a scrub pad is what's left. We're in a humid climate and oil
+ humidity = mold
so the bleach component is to kill the mold
. I've done the rounds with coating external teak, and for me, never again. Decks and bow platforms are the last thing to coat --- teak is probably the best non-skid there is and coating it reduces its non-skid qualities. From personal experience, freshly sanded and coated teak looks absolutely beautiful --- for 3 or 4 months, then the rot
sets in and you're back to square one.
Having said that, it must be pointed out that how you deal with your external teak depends very much on your environment
. There is not a single
answer. There is no uniformly, here is the best and only way. High humidity recommends a bleach component to kill off the molds that will grow even in a salt water environment
. Finishes in an extremely hot environment have shortened lives. So what is best depends on where you are. Wish there were a single
perfect answer; then this thread would be quite short.