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Oxalic acid will dull paint and fiberglass and damage anodized aluminum, so wet down surrounding surfaces before you start and keep them free of the cleaner. If we want the natural beauty of the wood to show, we must apply a clear coating. So make this check a part of your regular routine. This is the active ingredient in most single-part teak cleaners. Besides an annual disassembly and lubrication, constant use will keep them in shape and will alert you to problems before they become catastrophic.

After two weeks, wash the wood and let it dry completely. However, a month or two after application, it may be hard to discern that much difference since both oils carbonize in the sun and turn dark.

Teak oils are primarily either linseed oil or tung oil, bolstered by resins to make them more durable. Sealers Another approach to achieving a natural look is the application of a sealer. While the wood is still wet, scrub it with the Scotchbrite pad or bronze wool.

However a month

For more information about oiling and varnishing brightwork, consult Sailboat Refinishing by Don Casey. The cleaner will dissolve natural bristles, so use a nylon brush to paint part one onto the wet wood.

He and his wife cruise aboard their footer part of the year in the eastern Caribbean. Wipe up excess oil with a cloth.

After two weeks wash the

Sealers don't feed the wood but, as the name suggests, they seal out moisture and dirt, and seal in natural oils and resins. Some that perform admirably in one climate are reviled in another. Oil intensifies the colors and grain patterns of wood and gives the wood a rich, warm appearance. Leave it on the wood for several minutes to give the detergent time to suspend the dirt and the bleach time to lighten the wood, then rinse the wood thoroughly, brushing it to clear the grain. Unless the can instructs you otherwise, apply sealer exactly like oil.

Durability and ease of application have made some sealers very popular with boat owners. Ditto for the scum line above the painted waterline. Scrubbing tends to leave behind an unattractive mottled look, neither golden nor gray. The absence of pigment in varnish means it does not shield the underlying surface from the sun.