View Full Version : Why's my teak look so bad already?

06-30-2012, 08:35 PM
I spent a couple weeks last fall redoing my teak as per the attached guide. I used this oil: http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=146121&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=50218&subdeptNum=50262&classNum=50264#.T--Lx5gUH0s

I did about 6 coats and then put a coat of thompson water seal on top, though it pretty much beaded up on the teak since it had 6 coats o oil.

Now, halfway through the season and the teak looks like it did at the end of last year - all gray! What happened? is that not the right kind of teak oil?

Put on 25 hours so far this year and the boat sits on a covered lift, though the platform probably gets some decent sun.

06-30-2012, 08:48 PM
This is the stuff to use http://m.westmarine.com/aHR0cDovL3d3dy53ZXN0bWFyaW5lLmNvbS93ZWJhcHAvd2NzL3 N0b3Jlcy9zZXJ2bGV0L1Byb2R1Y3REaXNwbGF5P3Byb2R1Y3RJ ZD0xMDkyOTYmY2F0YWxvZ0lkPTEwMDAxJmxhbmdJZD0tMSZzdG 9yZUlkPTExMTUxJnN0b3JlTnVtPTUwMjE4JnN1YmRlcHROdW09 NTAyNjImY2xhc3NOdW09NTAyNjQ%3D

06-30-2012, 08:50 PM
The key is to let it dry between coats, several days. Sand and move on to the next coat. Skip the Thompson's.

06-30-2012, 09:31 PM
I have had excellent results with this. It can be found most anywhere locally Ace, HD, etc.


07-01-2012, 02:27 AM
overtons /cleaners starbrite teak 3 pack this 3 step system works great.

07-01-2012, 09:49 AM
I have had excellent results with this. It can be found most anywhere locally Ace, HD, etc.


Just recently used this stuff... Worker really well. (and did I say affordable)

07-01-2012, 10:23 AM
Direct sunlight is a killer mine did the same thing year before last so when I got a new cover I made sure it would cover the platform.

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07-01-2012, 10:33 AM
Well you used the wrong product to follow #1's process. He uses teak sealer, the one in the white bottle.

See this thread http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=14640&highlight=teak
for an alternative to #1's method which is way too laborious and results in an extremely slippery platform. Tommy's method is to mix 80% boiled linseed oil with 20% mineral spirits.

I started with TMC1's method and my platform looked great. But it was slippery as hell and would scratch very easily. So I waited for it to wear off a bit then sanded it down to bare teak again. Used the linseed oil mix and it looks great. Did it yesterday in fact.

07-01-2012, 11:51 AM
First GET THAT THOMPSON OFF! It's a wax base not good for a wood that needs to breath then use a good teak oil . about every 6 weeks or so i do a little touch up.

07-01-2012, 04:16 PM
Strip it clean and throw some Sikkens on there. I hate redoing my teak. This product lasts me 2 -3 seasons and looks brand new with zero maintainance. Give it a good cleaning, put the Sikkens on there let it dry. Put a second coat with their silica grip they offer and it will give you traction at no cost of scratching anything. Follow it up with 3rd coat. I get 2 solid seasons on the 3rd it starts to wear. No oiling or maintainance except a stripping every 3 seasons for me.

07-01-2012, 04:22 PM
here is my final product with natural teak color of Sikkens


07-02-2012, 01:32 AM
Looks like varnish not oil. Is that what the product is?

07-02-2012, 12:06 PM
I dont know tgats its considered a varnish. I think its a sealer/ protectant. Yea mine is not an oil at all. It goes on like a sealer and needs to dry in coats. Its designed specifically for teak. For me it's zero maintainance and keeps that look for 2 almost 3 seasons. It's a different way then using the teak cleaner, oil/linseed oil. You still need to sand and give it a good cleaning, but instead of the oil n rag u get this product Sikkens and a brush and "paint" it on

Here's the link

07-02-2012, 11:01 PM
I also use the Star Brite teak oil. I have found that the secret is to keep a rag soaked in the teak oil in a disposable tupperware bowl and wipe down the deck about every 6 weeks. I just pour a little more oil in the bowl every now and again then seal the lid back on.

I keep a box of disposable gloves handy just to make the process clean.

I did the StarBrite 3 step process a couple of years ago along with some sanding. My deck still looks like new. I can post a couple of pics if interested.

also... I have a deck cover that snaps on if I leave it out in the sun for any length of time.

07-02-2012, 11:26 PM
The thing I found a couple of years ago that made a big difference was pressure washing the deck before sanding and treating.
The pressure washer could get to places that were just impossible to sand well.

07-03-2012, 02:43 AM
You guys are laboring too much or maybe my way is just plain retarded.

I use a good pressure washer to clean mine and get all the old teak oil/residue off. This will give you a cleaned surface. Then I just use the Watco teak oil with a paint brush. I apply a very thick coat and one coat will last me about half a season. This process 2-3 times a year gives a perfect looking deck for me. My season is about every weekend from March to October, by the way.

07-04-2012, 12:43 AM
Good tips. my boat sits on a lift so it's not super easy to get out there for another application. I might have to move the canopy to get it to cover the deck more. I think i'll try the 3 step process in the fall.

swat guy- aren't you not supposed to use varnish on teak?

08-01-2012, 09:48 AM
I used a product called TeakGuard in the spring and so far I have been thrilled with the product. Still looks great after half a season and a lot of wear and tear. Check it out. I did a lot of research as I was never happy with the constant maintenance of teak oil.

08-06-2012, 02:05 PM
keep it simple and cheap. Once a year i give mine a light sanding and just use watco teak oil from home depot. 3 coats with again a light 280 grit sanding between coats. I also let each coat dry out in the florida sun for 24-36 hours to make sure it is completely dry. no sealer needed. see picture of my '09 x2 platform. still looks like new.

08-06-2012, 10:02 PM
+1 on Sikkens, have used it once in 3 years and the deck still looks great. Might do it again in the spring just because.....

08-06-2012, 10:10 PM
watco teak is great stuff best i have used got it at lowes in the paint department and its very reasonable i think i paid 7.95 i use a foam roller to put it on and it came out great only needed two coats