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John W posted 09-06-2001 02:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for John W   Send Email to John W  
I have a couple of questions about varnishing teak. Note that this is for my 17 foot Mako center console...which is my boat until I find a 1970's 21 Outrage at the right price. I hope that you'll still respond despite my lack of whalerite status. (My father & I did restore his 1969 Montauk, I hope that makes a Mako owner more acceptable on this forum.)

Anyway, my boat has teak louvered hatches, rod holder mounts, and the like that have always been oil finished, and they look lousy most of the time. I've cleaned the teak with teak cleaners, sanded & re-oiled, but within a month or so the teak is dirty again, and before long it's turning grey. I am considering varnishing these teak items to improve their looks. The boat is kept on a trailer under cover, so hopefully maintaining the varnish won't be too big of a chore. (I don't like the look of Cetol or similar finishes). I have seen boats with varnished teak that has a yellow look to it...I'd prefer a darker look to the finish. My question: Is there a stain, or a filler/stain, that people use on teak? Any other tips or warnings about varnishing teak?

lhg posted 09-06-2001 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Tons of information here on your question. To begin with, scroll down to a post dated 09-04. There are many others also.
John W posted 09-07-2001 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for John W  Send Email to John W     
lhg, what brand of teak stain do you use? Did you find this at a marine store or is this furniture stain? All filler stains I've seen at West & other marine stores have been for mahogany, and I don't know if mahogany stain on teak would look right or not.
lhg posted 09-07-2001 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I get my teak color oil based stain at Ace Hardware, as with the wood filler. This is a powder, which is mixed with the stain of your choice to form the filler/stain, and applied. Then sand back down to bare wood color again, then wipe on stain, then varnish.

It has given me excellent results.

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