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Semco Teak Oil

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:08 am
by Mattwarner
Give me an opinion on Semco teak sealer Natural.

BACKSTORY: Last year i sanded my Montauk RPS teak seat back and teak doors. The overwhelming opinion was to go with oil rather than vanish despite my love of Epifanes on my old 13-footer.

I used a high quality furniture grade tung and linseed oil; it worked well but the finish came out VERY dark, glossy, and looked like it had been varnished.

One season on and the wood finish is still good, but I really want a natural teak look--the [dark and glossy] finish is bugging me.

I have purchased teak cleaner and brightener in the hope applying them will shift the oil, the dirt, and then mildew.

Most of the products with recommendation--such as Watco--are not available in the UK. Semco seemed to get very good reviews as well as giving a nice natural colour.

Re: Semco Teak Oil

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:29 pm
by Phil T
For those that want to familarize themselves with the product information:

Re: Semco Teak Oil

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:56 pm
by jimh
I have not tried the SEMCO Teak SEALER product.

I have been using WATCO Teak Oil. The teak will develop black mildew stains in my location, as we use the boat in freshwater. The boat is also subject to dew falling on some of the teak on cool mornings in our Summer.

To have some anti-mildew property in the teak treatment or sealer sounds attractive.

Curiously, I got the can of WATCO Teak Oil from a fellow boater about 2010 in Little Tub Harbor in Tobermory. This fellow was quite fastidious in keeping his boat clean. It was in remarkably Bristol condition. I asked him what he used for the wood. We were talking about what teak oil was the best, and he insisted on giving me a can of WATCO Teak Oil that he no longer needed, as there was no teak left on his boat. He had just rebuilt the large swim platform using some synthetic material with a wood appearance. The can of WATCO Teak Oil was not full when I got it, and I am still using the same can. I guess that is evidence I have not been oiling the teak often enough.

Re: Semco Teak Oil

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:59 pm
by jimh
PHIL--thanks for the URL pointer to the product information. I note there are three tints available:

  • Cleartone contains no pigment, looks like oil, and is not as weather resistant as the other shades.
  • Natural imparts a golden-tan glow to the wood that resembles slightly weathered teak.
  • Goldtone produces the reddish-brown luster of teak that has been freshly sanded.