|hey whats up guys and gals...I got a centurion avalanche last fall and I shredded all summer, but the boats in storage now andI have the platform. I heard theres a good process to sand and clean her. DOes anyone know of this process, or what works well? thanks -Andy|
|TEAK...sorry about the spelling|
|Just go to a marine store like West Marine or Boater's World and they'll have several brands of teak cleaning "systems" to choose from. They have cleaner, brightener, and oil. If your boat is only a year old, I'm sure you don't have to sand it.|
|Since I cleaned mine with West Marine traetments like Mr. Tacos described, my teak's beautiful and completely impossible to keep oiled - it's dried out like a mutha. Wonder why the owner's manual recommends against 'caustic cleaners'.|
|don't sand it, whatever you do, the whole point of teak is that to refinish it you DON'T have to sand it |
oil goes away pretty quick, as teak oil isn't meant to be submerged long term as most of the platforms on these boats are on a regular basis (weight) clean it real well with one of the three step cleaners, then oil it real well, make sure you let the oil soak in and dry before reapplying, or it will all wash away the first time you put it in the water
|Ok. Here's the best way to clean and refinish your teak. How bad is it? If it's really bad, take the platform off. Go to West Marine and buy TE-KA - it's a two part cleaner conditioner. Basically you pour on the conditioner and with a sponge, you clean your teak. It's real toxic stuff so make sure you wear rubber gloves. It's easy to clean. Then pour the neutralizer on. Once this dries, then you need to "repaint" the platform with Cetol. |
If the platform is fairly new and it just has one season worth of dirtyness -- there should be other cleaners out there where you wont have to refinish the teak after you use it.
|What the heck are you guys doing to yours to have to use abrasive cleaners...haha|
|Keep the teak oil handy, like Tom said with the platform in the water all the time you need to oil it pretty often to keep it looking nice.|
|TeKA is the best stuff I've used. Its a two part cleaning system. check it out.|
|Hey Tom, |
I had to stern in my boat at Lost Isle and it nicked my teak swim platform all up. I figured I would just sand it down. Is teak a problem to sand?
|You can sand teak, no problem it just makes it slick. Use 200-400 grit sandpaper. |
I use Olympic Natural stain protectant on my platform and I only have to do it once a season, teak oil you have to use after every outing to keep the platform looking new. This stain stay nice all year and doesn't flake off or anything.