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Old 05-14-2003, 06:46 AM
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I have what appears to be teak flooring in my mid 80's Excalibur cockpit flooring, I have been removing the old yellowed varnish and I would like to know if I should oil it or polyurethane it....the least maintenence would be ideal....what should I do?.....other than to carpet it.....It will have a rug in the hi-traffic area's....Fred
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Fred call Dave he used some cool stuff on the Sea Ragg!You going on the northern michigan fun run with me? should be a gas!!!
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Thats right Don, I saw Crazyhorses Sea-Rag after he did that...I just want to do it once and be done.....that old varnish is a real ***** to sand off....as far as the fun run I am working on what I am doing with all my vacation time now....talk to you west siders soon....Fred
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Fred I could run those through the belt sander here at work for you if you like.
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The floor is like a tounge and groove oak type floor (only teak)....one big area 8' by 10' ...tonight I will try using paint stripper before sanding....I am using my DA sander now with 80 grit and have used a ton of paper already....it should look great when done....I just need to know if polyurethane is the way to go or teak oil.....Fred
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one of the problems with teak is the amount of moisture it absorbs. This causes swelling and cracks the varnish type finnishes. Sure does look nice all shiny but I would just use good quality teak oil once a month if I were you.
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I would use oil...it amy be a bit more maint. but in the end it woll look the best, and you won't have to go through what you're going through now to get it back looking good.
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I think the oiled teak keeps it's shade of color lighter than the polyurethaned finish does also, is there a certain brand of teak oil that is better than the other?....Fred
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Stick with teak oil. You'll be far better off in the long run, with less maintenance, and never having to go through the BS of sanding & refinishing like you are now.

You may need to re-apply the oil a couple/few times per season, but putting on teak oil is a piece of cake----I used to literally just pour it on and spread it around with a clean rag---done!!!

Once a year, I would pressure-wash my entire teak deck. This would bring out the golden glow of the teak--an absolutely gorgeous color, then another coat of oil.

The case to be made against pressure washing is that it tends to "raise" the grain---the hard grain stays high and the softer grain gets worn down a bit. This never bothered me, because the job was so easy, but some may avoid the pressure-washing.

Either way, use oil--you'll be glad you did.
 
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I used a product callad "Armada" on my swim platform. After years of cleaning and bleaching and oiling only have it turn grey in a month , this stuff was great. It is specially formulated for oily teak wood. Strip it first and apply three coats. I had the boat three years after I did it and never touched it again Looked Great
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