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  1. Teak swim platform refurb? 
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    Anyone on here ever refinished a teak swim platform? Mine is still in pretty damn good shape its just very faded and almost gray in color. Was wondering if I could get away with sanding it down a bit, restaining, and maybe a coat of epoxy or something for durability. Any advice would be great! Thanks
     
     

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    Careful not to seal it because the teak wood will not be able to breathe. If you seal it up it can rot from inside, since water will still get in. You can lightly sand it if it has gotten too rough but just make sure to clean it good before re-oiling. Regular Teak oil treatment and it will last fine. At Correct Craft they used to soak them in linseed oil. That works well and is waaaaay cheaper than teak oil. Leaves the finish a tad lighter than teak oil though. Mine is 16 years old now and I treat it two or three times a year and it still looks great. Have used both teak oil and linseed oil over the years. When it starts to dry out some just re-oil it. At least that is my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samcaddle@yahoo.com View Post
    Careful not to seal it because the teak wood will not be able to breathe. If you seal it up it can rot from inside, since water will still get in. You can lightly sand it if it has gotten too rough but just make sure to clean it good before re-oiling. Regular Teak oil treatment and it will last fine. At Correct Craft they used to soak them in linseed oil. That works well and is waaaaay cheaper than teal oil. Leaves the finish a tad lighter than teak oil though. Mine is 16 years old now and I treat it two or three times a year and it still looks great. Have used both teak oil and linseed oil over the years. When it starts to dry out some just re-oil it. At least that is my experience.

    Awesome! Thanks I had no clue it just needed to be oiled lol. I will probably lightly sand it as well due to it being just a little rough to the touch. I appreciate it!
     
     

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    Hi, After you lightly sand it use a good Teak Cleaner with an A & B solution. That gray oxidation will just wash away. It’s amazing how it bleaches out the wood. After it is clean and dry then oil it. My ’89 Barefoot Sanger has all the original Teak and it looks as good a new. I clean it once a year or so and oil it as needed.
     
     

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    Good suggestion. I have had teak platforms for a bazillion years and never actually used a "teak" cleaner, just wash and re-oil. I will try that this off season. Thanks
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    Got it all done a couple days ago and damn what wa difference! Bought the Starbright 3 step kit. Cleaner,brightener, and Teak oil. Turned out even better than I thought!!

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    I would still use some more oil than that and it will color up even better. Then dump some oil on it about every 3 rides or so and she will stay looking great. The oil will continue to seep into the wood over time. Nothing better looking than a nicely cared for teak swimstep!
     
     

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    I got tired of sanding & re-oiling mine a couple times of year to keep it from turning grey again. So I sanded it one last time & had it sprayed with Linex truck bed liner with no grit (turns out like orange peeled paint). Then put a deck pad on top that I made out of Gator Grip. That was like 8 yrs ago. It still looks pretty much like this & has had absolutely no maintenance since.

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    I don't sand my deck, when it turns grey I just reoil it. Sanding it can make it look really nice, but it also gets slippery, sometimes very slippery. For oil, the formula on the Mastercraft forum is 75/25 Boiled Linseed Oil/Mineral Spirits. It is inexpensive and lasts a long time. Teak won't soak much oil in so don't over-do the oil. This mixture is VERY flammable. Don't just toss an oiled rag to the side, it can spontaneously ignite. Put it in a bucket of water or in a sealed metal can (old paint can with lid on).
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    Linseed oil with acetone? That’s a formula I’m not familiar with. I’ve always heard linseed oil with mineral spirits. But, when I had a teak platform, I just used Amazon Gold teak oil.
     
     

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