Hopefully, this will help. This is a 'repeat' of a project that I posted to ClassicMako last winter
So... what kind of project can I work on in this weather? Teak refinishing
I removed all of the teak trim from inside the pilothouse and took it home to work on it...
Got on the net to find the proper way to do it, and got out the Starbright refinishing kit that GW204
gave me last season, that I had not used yet. [
The first step was to use ScotchBrite pads and the Starbright cleaner to clean off 9 years of funky grunge, flush with lots of water, and allow the parts to dry for a week.
Next step was to sand each piece with 150 grit, then 220 grit, and finally 320 grit until each piece was as smooth as a babys bottom. With the sanding complete, everything was cleaned with a scotchbrite sponge and more Starbright cleaner, then allowed to dry for another week.
Next weekend, the Starbright lightener was applied to each piece with a terrycloth pad and allowed to sit for 10 minutes. The lightener was rinsed, and re-applied a second time. After drying, this is what the trim pieces looked like before oiling.
Here are the parts after the first 3 coats of teak oil...
This is what it looked like after about a dozen coats, and before the excess oil was rubbed in with a terry cloth staining pad.
The oil was applied in thin coats with a sash brush, allowed to soak in for 10 to 15 minutes, the excess rubbed in with the terry cloth pad, and the whole process repeated again.
This was continued until the wood would no longer accept the oil, and the surface remained 'wet' after 15 minutes, which took about two dozen coats.
After the excess oil was wiped from the parts, the parts were allowed to sit in the garage overnight.
In the morning, the parts were rubbed out with terry towels and placed in the basement to 'season' and wait for the weather to allow re-installation.
I know... not as exciting as ripping out floors, fuel tanks, and transoms, but some of us don't have fiberglass skills. [
] BUT... wood I can deal with (even though this is my first time dealing with teak).
C'mon spring! [