View Full Version : A bit of minor teak work -- tips?

09-08-2012, 11:39 AM
The boat is 540 miles away so I can't work on that atm (is getting a fiberglass repair from a prop strike before I bought it). But I did bring the swim platform with me so I'd have something to do. The top side is in pretty good shape and probably needs only oiling. The bottom side needs a bit more work. I've not done much work with wood other than sanding priming and painting, and I've never done anything with teak. So tips on what those with experience would do and in what order would be appreciated. Any special teak oil to use? What grit sandpaper to use, etc.

This is off a 1984 S and S.

09-08-2012, 01:06 PM
Just needs a cleaning. Do not sand it if you don't have to. A mild soap and a kitchen scrub brush should do the trick.

The top side is dirty too. Those black lines will come out.

09-08-2012, 10:36 PM
Haha you were right about it being dirty! Especially the bottom side. It's a different color now lol. I was not able to get all the black lines off the top side, but it is definitely cleaner than before I started. I'm going to let it dry out for at least a day or two and then I'll hit it with the teak oil.

09-09-2012, 12:45 AM
I'm told the black stuff is growth of some sort. Get some teak cleaner. It kills whatever is growing....mold or whatever. I just redid mine and bought some teak cleaner and all the black junk was removed. Mine had not been oiled in sometime and I bet I oiled all the horizontal and vertical surfaces 15 times. It just soaked it up. Oil then let dry then re oil until you are happy with the finish. I let mine dry in the sun. Turned out way better than I expected. Good luck

09-09-2012, 10:56 AM
Alright I did the first coat on the back side. Already soaking in and I can see dry spots. I'm going to get some of that teak cleaner before I do the top side, as there is still a lot of the black.

09-09-2012, 12:18 PM
grab the starbrite 3 bottle teak restore kit. I did the deck on my 92 that the previous owner never touched and it came back to almost new condition. the first two steps are acid cleaners then I let dry and added teak oil once at night then again in the morning. I let sit for a few hours then before I dropped the boat back in the lake

09-10-2012, 07:07 PM
Well I didn't get the teak restore kit, not because I didn't think it was a good idea or won't do it in the future, but I'm so damn impatient! Anyways, here's what cleaning with soap and water and then about 4-5 coats of teak oil got me. I'm pretty happy with the improvement.


09-10-2012, 08:07 PM
Looks good

09-11-2012, 12:16 PM
Nice job. Teak is easy if you do it right.

09-11-2012, 02:34 PM
I like the Watco Teak Oil myself. Works well, not very expensive.

While I sanded mine last off season (it needed it), I probably will just clean and re-oil this winter.