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Papa Charlie

Stripping Varnish from Teak

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So we are getting ready to strip all the exterior teak on our Bayliner 4588 and prep it for new varnish. It isn't too bad most places but there are a lot of spots that the varnish has failed and the teak is exposed. I have always use Jabsco Paint Stripper and plastic scrapers. But it has been some time since I have done any. Was wondering if anyone has any tricks or new products and methods that they would care to share. I don't like heat as the Cetol on the teak now is thick and I am concerned about burning the wood so that is out.

 

Looking forward to bringing the teak back to the luster it once was. Thanks for your input.

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I like the Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover.  Rinse with water, let dry, then sand smooth and wipe down with denatured alcohol prior to the varnish.

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If the raw teak is dark gray or black using an oxalic acid wood bleach prior to refinishing will kill the fungus and ensure better longevity going forward.

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