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Applying Teak Oil to our Washboard and Lazy Sailor Seats

Our washboard and lazy sailor seats were in need of a bit of a spruce up. We didn’t want to varnish these as we like the feel and look of natural wood but both had started to show their age a bit, so it was time to give them a bit of TLC!

However before we could oil the washboard and the seats both needed a good clean. We used Wessex Teak Cleaner followed by Wessex Teak Renovator. Whilst not particularly cheap (we paid around £24 for both) a little goes along way – great if you also have teak decks to clean! It is also very easy to use; simply brush or sponge on and a light rub in the direction of the grain is all it needs. No scrubbing is required and you’ll be amazed at just how much dirt and grime this stuff removes. Hose off and leave to dry.

First up was the washboard. We had never treated this is any way before but have always felt the colour wasn’t in keeping with the rest of the boat.

Using plain old Teak Oil which we had purchased from Jewsons for just £7.79 we gave the washboard 3 coats. Teak Oil claims to give a natural colour whilst offering protection from prolonged outdoor exposure and is water repellent.

Applying Teak Oil to Washboard

The end result was a beautiful teak colour:

Before and After Photos of Teak Oil on Washboard

Next up were the lazy sailor seats! Being exposed to the elements these had started to fade somewhat and, just like the rest of us, had slowly started to turn grey with age!

Once again we gave each seat three coats, allowing sufficient time in between to allow to dry.

Before, during and after photos of teak oiling our lazy sailor seats

Overall we were very impressed with the end result. It will be interesting to see how long it will last before it needs another oiling. Only time will tell so we’ll update this post again in the future. In the meantime it’s another job ticked off the list!


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