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Old 19-03-2017, 20:44   #1
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Teak- What To Do?

My boat has a considerable amount of teak topside that i do not want to go through the headaches and work of maintaining with varnish etc-- looks GREAT when done that way but i dont want the headache of the continual work that it entails-- i have gotten most of the varnish off and am fine with the weathered grey look that has resulted- what if anything should i put on the teak to keep it viable? Again i am absolutely not interested in the varnish every two years program- it looks super but i have too many other things to do getting the boat ready to cruise and don't want to put the time and resources into a cosmetic item. Thanks in advance
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Old 19-03-2017, 21:48   #2
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Re: Teak- What To Do?

I had 3 coats of teak oil applied on the cap rail last may, When I made the trip up to San Pedro from La Paz last July all the oil was washed off from the seas and spray. I'm back to au natural rails for now.
Other than oil, varnish or paint I'm not sure what else you can do.
My last boat had mahogany trim and was painted with a brown mahogany colored paint and I thought it looked pretty good. Waiting to hear other's ideas to make a decision.
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My boat came with natural look gray topside teak and oiled inside. All these years I've meant to oil the topside and varnish the inside. But never seem to find the time. Oh well, another time perhaps.
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Re: Teak- What To Do?

Occasionally wash the teak with clean sea water and a very soft brush. Do not scrub as that removes the softer particles of the grain.

If very dirty, use a mild detergent in fresh water.

Learn to enjoy the beautiful grey look.

The teak will love you for the washings. No oils, varnishes or paints required unless you can't accept the grey look.
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My boat is 17y old and teak never got anything on it. Salt water with a VERY gentle brush does it. In case of lots of dirt, Starbrite has a dilutable powder product that cleans it well, just don't leave the product too long (5') as it is quite aggressive.
I like the grey look more than the yellow one, not to mention the ease of maintenance
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A gentle scrub with a soft brush with the grain and maybe a round of Boracol to keep any green algae off if you're in damp humid places...

On a slight side note, does anyone have any tips for getting pressure washing marks out of teak? The broker "kindly" cleaned our cockpit before we completed on the purchase of Elyse and she's now got pressure washing lines everywhere!
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For pressure washing marks, I would just leave them and let nature take her course. The marks will fade away completely.
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Thanks Neil - I almost cried when we came back to her last weekend and she was all streaked. Hopefully the UK spring weather will take care of it
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Plenty of salt water.
After a solid week in a bad mistral blow sailing (with motor assist) in the Med with seas constantly washing over the teak deck, the lovely greyish teak ended up almost white.
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A gentle scrub with a soft brush with the grain and maybe a round of Boracol to keep any green algae off if you're in damp humid places...

On a slight side note, does anyone have any tips for getting pressure washing marks out of teak? The broker "kindly" cleaned our cockpit before we completed on the purchase of Elyse and she's now got pressure washing lines everywhere!
No, go across the grain is what you should do as otherwise the soft pulp will be scraped out, even with a soft brush. Also, don't pressure wash. It is far too aggressive. I've learnt this the very expensive way.
Boracol in a slime infested area is good.
As Nigel said, marks like this will blend in with time, as will all kinds of stains and marks. Wash fish, or other blood off though.
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Re: Teak- What To Do?

FYI, when making this change to "natural teak", some of the joinery may need special attention...

Joints that were expected to be covered with varnish and protected from the elements are likely to work a lot more and may need more generous seams, better caulk, etc.

Other than that, though, teak really doesn't mind being naked.
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If the caulking is still in good condition, I only used Teak oil. The grey look is great and helps cut down on heat below decks. Enjoy it until it needs to be replaced, and then DON'T.
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Re: Teak- What To Do?

You can remove the teak and fiberglass all stuff over.

You can sell this boat and buy a grp or metal one.

You can let the teak be and just clean it temporarily.

Boats with teak outside are all up for a teak replacement one day anyways.

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We started out 11 years ago on our HC33 varnishing all the topside teak. Looked beautiful for the first year, but way too much work for my lazy butt. So we decided to strip it all back down. We use Semco on the cap rail and horizontal services and Cetol natural with coats of gloss for the vertical surfaces like cockpit coming and wheel. In the tropical sun, the Semco needs refreshed about every 2 to 3 months, but all it takes is a good washing and coat using a rag.
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Re: Teak- What To Do?

i wash the teak on my formosa with sea water then oil it, this gets the wood thru the summer cane and named storm wet months. protect it from fresh water and make your life easier. is only 10 hours of work for over 140 ft of cap and toe rails on my 41 ft boat.
ps donot use a brush, use a 3m green pad and across grain, so you donot remove too much wood.
helpful hint--- make or buy an oil finish--those crust over so they last a tad longer. and btw--the oil does not wash off--it soaks into the wood. sea water is the good stuff to use. fresh water rots teak.
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