Issue: December 2000
Teak Performance

So, your big off-season project is sanding the nicks and scrapes out of those otherwise-lovely teak decks? What, are you nuts?

    You can find out why this is a bad idea, and what to do instead, by logging on to Instructions for teak maintenance and repair are clearly laid out by teak technician Colin Foster, and they’re remarkably thorough.

    As to sanding teak, Foster advises against it for several reasons. First, it degrades teak’s natural non-skid surface. Second, if the decks are attached properly (from underneath, with screws), the screws will eventually come up through the decks, causing them, and your bare feet, to leak. Ouch.