Step One: Exterior Teak
04 May 2008
I was put in charge of the bright work, and the thought of varnishing all that exterior teak over and over didn't give me a thrill. I did a bit of research on a few forums and talked to several people at our local marina and decided on a deep penetrating oil instead. Two products that were recommended were Penofin Marine Oil Finish and Cabot Australian Timber Oil. Once the teak was cleaned and brightened I applied Cabot because it was available locally at Lowe's. It looks great with a fraction of the work. I would guess that the entire project took about a week, working weekend and evenings. We may varnish some of the teak for a nice contrast but we can take that on at a later date when we have more time. Florida sun is hard on the exterior wood and I have already applied another coat of oil after only two months, however it is such an easy application that I still think it is a good choice. I am anxious to see if eventually the oil penetrate deeper and last longer than two months.