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How to varnish teak

Try this system to improve the look of your teak for a longer period than plain varnish. Check out more from Kokua Yacht Sales, LLC!

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If your teak looks like this

If your teak looks like this

Or this

Or this

Or this, it's time to revarnish.

Or this, it's time to revarnish.

First, sand off all the old varnish.

First, sand off all the old varnish.

Keep sanding until your teak looks clean of all varnish.

Keep sanding until your teak looks clean of all varnish.

Then sand teak with 220+ grit sandpaper until smooth.

Then sand teak with 220+ grit sandpaper until smooth.

Wipe down the teak with acetone, then mix West System's 207 and 105. Apply in a thin coat

Wipe down the teak with acetone, then mix West System's 207 and 105. Apply in a thin coat

Allow 12 hours to dry and apply second coat of West System 207/105.

Allow 12 hours to dry and apply second coat of West System 207/105.

Allow epoxy 12 hours to dry, then apply thin coat of Epifanes Woodfinish Gloss with 10% dilution of Brush Thinner.

Allow epoxy 12 hours to dry, then apply thin coat of Epifanes Woodfinish Gloss with 10% dilution of Brush Thinner.

Try to avoid drips! Apply second coat 12-18 hours later. If you can't apply within 24 hours, do a fine sand (220+) until varnish is cloudy before the next coat

Try to avoid drips! Apply second coat 12-18 hours later. If you can't apply within 24 hours, do a fine sand (220+) until varnish is cloudy before the next coat

Your finished product should look and feel smooth. This system should last 6 months to 1 year, depending on your location. Be sure to check, because you'll be redoing epoxy if you let it go too long!

  • 1.0l Epifanes Woodfinish Gloss
  • 500.0ml Epifanes Brush Thinner
  • 42.2oz West System 207 Special Clear Hardener
  • 1.0gal West System 105-B Resin
  • 10.0gal Paintbrush
  • 20.0 80 grit sand paper
  • 20.0 220+ grit sand paper
  • 1.0gal Acetone
  • 20.0 Paper cups/mixing cups