We live on a boat with an extraordinary amount of teak. My advice to you is not to do that!
At first, we were very careful and prompt with maintenance coats. We’d fix up small scratches immediately. Over time, we just couldn’t keep up with it. There is so much teak, that by the time we finished, it was time to start over. Our boat has teak toe-rails, teak decks, teak window frames, teak cabin top, teak doors, teak grab-rails, teak bow pulpit, teak swim platform – teak teak teak teak teak –
We had to do something to minimize our work load, so we decided to strip the decks bare and just leave them naked.
At the bottom you see what we started with. The middle section has been stripped. The top portion has been sanded and is the finished product. It wont’ stay blonde for long. Weather will turn it a silver-gray color. We’re okay with that.
The finished foredeck.
As you can see, we have still kept up with the rails an assorted fixtures. We used Sikkens Cetol Natural, and coated it with gloss, which has UV protectors. It will last about one year before needing maintenance coats.
We are currently redoing the port-side window frames. Stripped, sanded, and this shows four coats of Cetol. When finished, it will have five coats of Natural, and two coats of Gloss.
Our swim platform is almost bare on its own, through sun, salt and wear. I’ll strip it completely and leave it gray like the decks. One less piece to maintain.
As with many issues discussed by boaters, ask ten people a question, expect ten different answers. What do you use on your teak, and why? What do you like on bare teak? Do you oil it? Do you wash it regularly? Let’s hear it. What’s the best thing/product/method to use on teak?