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Old 07-20-2014, 07:08 PM   #1
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Teak wood - oil smell

The admiral hates this smell. Every trawler we looked at had this smell. Is there a way to reduce or eliminate using some other product?
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:45 PM   #2
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Are you sure it's not the fiberglas? That smell lingers long after construction.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:22 PM   #4
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If it is from the teak oils they are most likely linseed or tong. Have her sniff each in the hardware store and see if either one is the one she is smelling on new boats. Does she prefer one or the other. It is not really necessary to oil teak but it does make it look better.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:25 PM   #5
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Are you sure it's not the fiberglas? That smell lingers long after construction.
This is from our new to us boat which is 29 years old.
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Well if the boat is 29 years old she may be smelling something else.

Bu if the wood is oiled and that is what she is smelling, then you could seal up the wood with a one part poly finish.
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The admiral hates this smell. Every trawler we looked at had this smell. Is there a way to reduce or eliminate using some other product?
Get a bottle of Orange Glo and see how she feels about it. We stopped using teak oil many years ago and boy do we have teak!..........
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Interesting. I've never before been aware of teak smelling like oil. Cedar has a distinct smell, but teak? Do others find that it smells?

Is it possible the boats smell of diesel? That seems very probably on older boats.
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Is it possible the admiral isn't fond of boating?
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Linseed and Tong oil contain linolenic acids which do not smell like diesel and/ or typical oil products. They do smell like wood putty, linoleum, and some caulking products. You should be able to tell if your teak has been treated with these type of coatings (most are).
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Get a bottle of Orange Glo and see how she feels about it. We stopped using teak oil many years ago and boy do we have teak!..........
Looks like you and I are in the same boat so to speak. We'll give that a try and see what happens.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:51 AM   #12
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Is it possible the admiral isn't fond of boating?
We have been boating for over 10 years, this is just our first trawler/boat with teak in the entire interior.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:55 AM   #13
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Linseed and Tong oil contain linolenic acids which do not smell like diesel and/ or typical oil products. They do smell like wood putty, linoleum, and some caulking products. You should be able to tell if your teak has been treated with these type of coatings (most are).
When we were shopping for boats, every trawler we looked at had the same smell. Don't think it is diesel. Smell is most prominent after the boat has been closed for a while and goes down or she gets used to after being opened/aired out.
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sounds more like mold/mildew as these trawlers have lots of dead space in them...some are lockers, some aren't ant it's the rare older trawler that's both water tight and condensation resistant.
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Get a bottle of Orange Glo and see how she feels about it. We stopped using teak oil many years ago and boy do we have teak!..........
That's beautiful but I would hate to do your maintenance.
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Get a bottle of Orange Glo and see how she feels about it. We stopped using teak oil many years ago and boy do we have teak!..........
Like you, we give an annual coat of a similar product called Pledge Revitalizing Oil. It cleans and oils, leaving a clean, orange smell.

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sounds like too many boats smelling the same for it to be teak oil. More likely moldy wet bilges, far more common that a fresh coat of teak oil.
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Sounds like there is nothing left to do other than scan the smell and post it so we can determine the cause.
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Sounds more like Mildew, though I admit to not having the best sniffer.

Also, while I have used orange glow in a pinch occasionally, be careful as those kinds of products work so well because they also leave a buildup of something like acrylic. I would not use it often lest you discover the need for ammonia stripping which is not fun. In general, anything that works easily is leaving behind something that eventually causes you problems. Same goes for, uh, never mind.
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Interesting. I've never before been aware of teak smelling like oil. Cedar has a distinct smell, but teak? Do others find that it smells?

Is it possible the boats smell of diesel? That seems very probably on older boats.
Raw teak has a very distinct smell. But it fades fairly quickly. I seriously doubt the smell she is complaining about is raw teak but what ever the teak has been coated with.
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