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harry posted 06-02-2003 09:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for harry   Send Email to harry  
[I have spilled] teak oil on the [deck] of my 1987 Montauk, [and I] can't seem to get it clean. [Implied question: what is a good solvent for teak oil?] Can anyone help[?]
Sal DiMercurio posted 06-04-2003 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Acetone will take it right off, just keep the rag wet.
Sal
harry posted 06-05-2003 09:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for harry  Send Email to harry     
Thanks
jimh posted 06-05-2003 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Acetone is also a good solvent for the wax on the gelcoat and the oils on your skin. Use it with caution.

I might try Simple Green and a scrub brush.

[Edited thread; also changed TOPIC. Was "dirty floor".]

Tom2697 posted 06-05-2003 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
I will use acetone to remove any teak oil that I spilled during the refinishing process but does it work on the oil that I missed? I've tried a number of products, techniques, tricks, etc. to remove the teak oil that got on my rubrails. Sanding was about the only method that worked for me....I was afraid to use the acetone since I know that plastics and some rubbers do not hold up well against it.
lhg posted 06-05-2003 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The proven method for getting rid of teak oil stains is one-step teak cleaners. Amazon's works very well. Dried teak oil is tough to remove since there is always a small amount of varnish in it.

If the teak cleaners will strip teak oil from teak, they will remove it from the gelcoat. I use it all the time. It also cuts varnish drips.

jimh posted 06-08-2003 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The Boston Whaler factory website explictly cautions against use of Acetone on gelcoat surfaces.

Cf:

http://whaler.com/Rec/fiberglassstains.shtm

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