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brestbay posted 04-13-2003 08:43 AM ET (US)   Profile for brestbay   Send Email to brestbay  
Now that I know what kind of wood I have to refinish what is recommed? varnish, sikkens or teak oil. This seems to be a hot topic.
OutrageMan posted 04-13-2003 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Amazon's Teak Oil. Sikkens looks like orange plastic, and varnish on teak involves some extra steps to get ris of the oils. Plus oiled teak is very classy looking.


JBCornwell posted 04-13-2003 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, BB.

I am a fan of oil on teak.

When I restored the teak on my Montauk, I:

Sanded down to red wood with progressively finer grits. Finished with #800.

Cleaned, brightened and then oiled with a StarBrite kit using the Premium Gold oil.

That was three years ago. I will touch it up this spring.

Red sky at night. . .

Barry posted 04-13-2003 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
It all depends on how you want it to look, how much work you want to do now and how much maintenance you want to do later.

Teak is a very durable hardwood. You don't necessarily have to maintain it. Depending on where you live, teak may gradually weather to a silver/gray color.

Oil is nice, but depending on where you are located and how you use and keep your boat, it can be a fairly short-lived coating that can require frequent maintenance. I've read that one of the best oils is Starbrite Premium Golden.

Sikkens Cetol is easy to apply (not as easy as oil), very durable, and easy to maintain. Cetol Marine (Satin) does darken the wood and gives it a brown/orange color. I've used it on all of my wood on both my Montauk and my 22-Outrage. If you like the idea of a long-lasting coating but don't like the color you might try Cetol Light. Bristol Finish, Honey Teak, and Smith and Co. are also very highly rated however they all have multiple components and as a result are not as easy to apply.

Some folks like varnish and say it gives the best look. However, it also requires the most work, both for the initial application and for the required maintenance. Epifanes Wood Finish is rated very highly.

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