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Old 12-10-2012, 13:48   #1
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Tk Oil

My Beneteau need a bit of oil on the wood - locker seats, transom deck, te rails etc
I've always used one of the 'marine grade' teak oils from a chandlery. But will 'general outdoor grade' teak oil from the local hardware suffice?
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Re: Tk Oil

I was using outdoor decking oil on my teak hatches, dorade boxes and strakes. I found they were quite okay. The only difference was that they do have some ferric oxide in them for UV protection, which does leave a slightly orange tinge. This 'tinge' also marks paint and gelcoat unless it is removed immediately after being spilled, splashed or otherwise comes into contact with non timber surfaces. I think in terms of durability, exterior decking oil is better than marine teak oil. It is much less expensive, but the orange thing may deter you.

I guess outdoor teak oil may also contain ferric oxide, but a quick look at the ingredients will tell you that. The only other thing I would be concerned about is if the non marine product contains any varnish. If it does, there is the problem of whether it needs to be removed or abraded prior to recoating.

I found that oils lasted about three months before needing a recoat. But, that boat was kept in Darwin, northern Australia, where the sub equatorial sun is relentless all year round.
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Re: Tk Oil

I am in the process of changing my outside teak from varnish to teak oil, in particular Cabot's Australian Timber Oil, which is sold as an outside only deck treatment. I sanded all varnish off and applied one coat (per Cabot's instructions). So far so good. The nice thing is that although the finish it may not last as long all you have to do is lightly hand sand and apply another coat when it starts to wear. Easy, easy, easy. Oh yeah I added a mildewcide and had it machine shaken at the store.

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