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2old2ski
07-11-2006, 10:41 PM
Sorry if this has been covered before, but I didn't see anything after a couple of searches. Also, I hope that I am posting this in the right category - I am a newbie here.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I am the original owner of a 1992 ProStar 190, and am having a problem getting the platform the way I want it. In late May, someone stole the rear piece of teak off my platform - yes, stole. The piece was gone and so were the screws.

I have not stripped the platform in about 7 years. Unfortunately, the boat has not seen a lot of use during that time, and I just put a new, thin coat of Deks Olje on the top if I even suspected it was getting worn.

The problem is that I felt that I had to strip the whole platform when I got the replacement piece of teak, but now I can't seem to get all of the old oil off.

The only oil that the platform has ever seen is Deks Olje #1 Matte Finish. The only teak cleaner/stripper that I have ever used is Te-ka. Every time I have used that in the past, it has worked wonders the first time.

I have used it twice, and there is still some old oil left on the platform - mostly between the slats. (It looks ok dry, but you can really see it when it is in the water - it is a dull white color.) I hesitate to use the Te-ka again, because it is starting to pull up some of the grains.

Any suggestions?

Thanks In Advance!

erkoehler
07-11-2006, 11:19 PM
Use a brass brush to clean the platform, or combine that with a good power washing and you should be good to go.

DON'T SAND YOUR TEAK!

6ballsisall
07-11-2006, 11:20 PM
Use a brass brush to clean the platform, or combine that with a good power washing and you should be good to go.

DON'T SAND YOUR TEAK!

Whats wrong with sanding your teak????

Footin
07-11-2006, 11:22 PM
I thought Erkle spent alot of time "sandin his teak"

6ballsisall
07-11-2006, 11:23 PM
I thought Erkle spent alot of time "sandin his teak"

He's more into "oiling" it. :D

Footin
07-11-2006, 11:26 PM
That made me lol.

erkoehler
07-11-2006, 11:26 PM
I've learned better ways to clean it....I am now against sanding your teak deck.

6ballsisall
07-11-2006, 11:27 PM
That made me lol.

He use to use Shellac but it irritated his skin. :D

erkoehler
07-11-2006, 11:27 PM
HOLY CR*P I've got a camera icon:D

Footin
07-11-2006, 11:28 PM
You saw it, he has found better was to clean his teak.

6ballsisall
07-11-2006, 11:30 PM
Brass brush seems awful harsh Erk. You must really like to "flog it" :rolleyes:

Footin
07-11-2006, 11:32 PM
Maybe he pressure washes it.

6ballsisall
07-11-2006, 11:33 PM
Maybe he pressure washes it.

Ouch!!! :noface: :noface:

Hoosier Bob
07-11-2006, 11:36 PM
Reminds me of one of my favorite jokes! EMBARRASSMENT!!!

east tx skier
07-11-2006, 11:57 PM
Go ahead and sand your teak. Using a pressure washing to strip it is still removing wood. It would seem like you'd have more control with sandpaper than with a high pressure hose. Just my $.02.

Now if you don't want to strip it, but rather, just get the mold out, just take it to the car wash and hit it with the high pressure wand.