The experiment to leave our solid teak sole 'natural' has failed the spousal-approavel test after it's first season. Mainly because it just can't be kept clean...water and grease spots, swelling, etc. So it is now freshly sanded, looking gorgeous and ready for....what?! The thing I like about the light, natural finish is its warm, 'wooden boat' complement to the Herreshoff interior of satin urethane teak trim, white raised bulkheads and ash ceilings/headliner. Hell, it's solid wood so it doesn't need to be varnished! But it apparently needs to be protected from water and grime.
Ideas I've heard:
- 50/50 (or 40/60) boiled linseed and turpentine solution rubbed in
- Simple household Thompson's deck sealant
- urethane or polyurethane (which will darken the wood)
- standard varnish
- standard harwood floor finish