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posted 07-02-2002 11:42 PM ET (US)
My newly refinished teak on my 20' OR has just soaked up the last of the oil remaining and is ready for another application. I figure this is a good time to switch.
I didn't like the characteristics of the
Regardless of which one I finally go with, is it necessary to do any prep work? For all intensive purposes thhe teak is clean as a whistle and has drank up the 3 previous coats of Wests' Coconut Oil within 10 days.
Is it necessary to 'cut' the Amazon as per label directions? 25%, 10%, and then full strength??
posted 07-03-2002 09:16 AM ET (US)
I use Amazon "Golden" (I think) teak oil, I don't know if it is the same thing as the "Blend 55" you mentioned or not...
Anyway, I use it extensively on teak I have installed on my Outrage 22', am very happy with it, and have never cut it with anything. My instinct (not from experience) would tell me that if you considered cutting teak oil it would be for use with wood that had not yet been oiled at all, or had not been oiled for a *long* time, and you had the desire to get the oil carried as far into the wood as possible, then revert to full strength.
posted 07-03-2002 09:59 AM ET (US)
That makes sense with regards to cut or not to cut. The teak I have is oiled, so as you point out it may not be necessary in this case to cut.
The "Blend 55" I was referring to is 'Amazon' but is darker than "Golden".
Thanks for the input!
posted 07-08-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)
When you do cut Amazon's oil, what do you cut it with? They recommend using their teak prep, but I cannot find it anywhere. Found the cleaner and the oil, but not the prep.
I have a new forward seat, fabricated from teak, on my nauset and wan to oil it, but really need to cut the oil to get deep penetration in the early coats.
Would appreciate the advice.
posted 07-08-2002 04:13 PM ET (US)
I used to restore boats in high school and college. Amazon's is the only oil I would use. The best way is to soak a clean cotton rag in Amazon's, wring it so it doesn't drip, and rub liberally onto teak. After most of the oil has set in, rub excess off with clean rag. Give a day between coats and repeat two more times. Your teak will be sealed quite well and have a beautiful luster. By the way, I do not cut the oil.
posted 07-08-2002 05:34 PM ET (US)
Would you use the same oil on mahogany? I have always varnished mahogany but I now have some boards that bare feet will be stepping on a lot and I thought that varnished mahogany might be too slippery. Ideas? Thanks!
posted 07-08-2002 06:54 PM ET (US)
we are in the same dilemma. Check out my question regarding oiling Mahogany. Based on the input, I'll probably go with oiling my mahogany rodracks. Hope this helps!
posted 07-10-2002 06:34 PM ET (US)
SeaHag and Highwater:
I would varnish the mahogany. If you wish top create "step pads", you can mask off small rectangular areas were you would place your feet. After your last coat of varnish has cured, mix in a handfull of fine grade sand (from craft store) and apply two more coats to each masked area. Remove the masking and you will have an invisible (from a distance) step area. I did this with Awlgrip for a non-skid on gunnels in the past.
posted 07-10-2002 07:55 PM ET (US)
DaveH, great stuff, i am going to be redoing my Currituck interior, and was thinking of oiling, is there a way other than just the oil to prep or seal before or after oiling? I have a mooring cover, but what is the best way to protect the wood from the Sun and Water getting into the wood?? Also, is the oil slippery, as I want to do it all, including my bech seats??? Thanks-Jack.
posted 07-11-2002 11:47 AM ET (US)
I do not know of any pretreatment to help with weathering. But you know that chemical manufacturers will constantly try to take our money. I would just use the Amazons Golden. The oil will not be stickey although I have seen other oil applications in the past with a gooey texture. I believe that was the fault of the application rather than the oil itself. You must wipe off the excess and wait a day between coatings. That way the wood soaks up enough oil in small increments. It's like watering your lawn; too much at one time is not good, but small increments yield great results. Many people (professional detailers) don't take the time to come back and touch up the treatments and that's why they look like crap. Also remember that teak wood is used primarily for its resistance to rot. A fully weathered (grey) piece of teak is simple to bring back through sanding and oiling.
posted 07-15-2002 07:16 PM ET (US)
Regarding teak oiling, the "Blend 55" is Amazon's top of the line, and darker in color. I use it exclusively. Over the raw, fresh cleaned/sanded teak, be sure to use the "Teak Prep" first. This clear, yellowish liquid really improves the finished look, although I don't know why! It goes on easy, and dries quickly.
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