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Will Adams posted 09-07-2003 10:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for Will Adams   Send Email to Will Adams  
Hi! I was wondering how to restore the teak on classic whalers. Is it worth it to stain them again? Any help would be great.
JBCornwell posted 09-07-2003 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Never stain teak, Will.

Sand it to clean, red/brown wood. Then use teak cleaner, teak brightener and finally a good teak oil.

I have had good luck with Star Brite products, but others bash them and have their own favorites that they are fond of saying are "the only" way to do it.

Red sky at night. . .
JB

Peter posted 09-07-2003 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I too have had good luck with Star Brite products for teak. I also had horrible results with the West Marine branded stuff several years ago. Their "golden oil" wouldn't stick at all.
JFM posted 09-07-2003 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
In my teak garden furniture business I only use Star Brite. I have tried several other brands, but keep coming back to Star Brite. I like the golden mellow tone.

If you want high gloss and a slick finish, there are other products on the market that have varnish in them. Or you can just use marine spar varnish. This way is much more labor intensive when it wears off.

Regards, Jay

WMBS posted 09-09-2003 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for WMBS  Send Email to WMBS     
This past winter I refinished all the teak on my 1987 OR 18' using the West Marine version of Sikkens Cetol, and am very happy with the results. It involves alot of sanding and cleaning before application, but has held up better than the various teak oil products that I used since buying the boat six years ago. I refinished the teak on the gunnels in place, and removed the teak on the console to better access the pieces. It was a substantial amount of work.
rsgwynn1 posted 09-10-2003 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsgwynn1  Send Email to rsgwynn1     
This year I used a product called Corrosion-X on my teak, and it still looks good after three months. It lasts at least three times as long as a teak-oil treatment.
reelescape1 posted 09-11-2003 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I did the same as WMBS on my 22' OR this winter. Looks great!! I used to oil my 18' OR, didn't seem to last as long.
skred posted 09-11-2003 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Used Star Brite Cleaner, Brightener and Oil exclusively on my former '91 Montauk, and experienced excellent results. Found that an extra dose of the oil (even two doses more) usually gave me 2-3 years' service.
Tom2697 posted 09-11-2003 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
rsqwynn1, You used Corrosion-X on the teak?!?!? And it works well???
I've heard of using auto transmission fluid but never Corrosion-X. I will have to try it!
I've never had my teak stay looking what I consider "good" for more than 1 month using oils. I also don't want to varnish it because I had a tough time removing the old varnish. I wind up applying more oil about every 2 weeks and that will keep it looking good. If I miss one application though, I need to clean it again and start over...My boat is kept in the water, in direct sunlight, in a high humidity environment so that grays the teak quickly.
steelhead5 posted 09-18-2003 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for steelhead5  Send Email to steelhead5     
Kingsley Bates is a manufacturer of really nice, way overpriced outdoor furniture made of teak. I use the Kingsley Bates cleaner and protector on my whaler and furniture to keep it a nice golden blonde. Truthfully you should expect 9 to 12 months from each cleaning. BTW they say never ever never oil teak.

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