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Helmsman® Teak Oil

Helmsman® Teak Oil

Helmsman® Teak Oil protects dense woods and enhances wood grain by penetrating into wood pores, restoring the wood's natural warmth and richness. Teak oil is recommended for indoor and outdoor wood furniture, and on marine surfaces above the water line. Use Helmsman® Teak Oil periodically to refresh your dense woods and help protect them from moisture and UV rays.

Product Details

Application Tool: brush or cloth
Dry time: 6-8 hours
Cleanup: mineral spirits or paint thinner according to manufacturer’s safety recommendations
Coverage: 125-150 sq. ft. per quart
Coats: 1-2
Recommended Uses: indoor and outdoor wood furniture and wood surfaces above the water line

* Not for use on outdoor decks, below waterline wood surfaces, and interior floors.


Q. What surfaces is Helmsman® Teak Oil recommended for?

Helmsman® Teak Oil is great for indoor and outdoor furniture made from hardwoods and on marine wood surfaces above the waterline.

Q. Can I apply Helmsman® Teak Oil to wood floors or outdoor decks?

No. Helmsman® Teak Oil is not recommended for wood floors or outdoor decks.  Helmsman® Teak Oil protects dense woods from moisture and UV rays by penetrating into the wood pores.  Helmsman® Teak Oil does not create a protective film on wood surfaces such as Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane which is recommended for wood floors.  For outdoor decks try Thompson's® Water Seal®.

Q. Does Helmsman®Teak Oil contain UV inhibitors?

Yes, Helmsman® Teak Oil does contain UV protection to delay the sun from graying the wood over time.

Q. How do I apply Helmsman® Teak Oil?

Helmsman® Teak Oil can be applied with a clean cloth or a brush.  Apply Helmsman® Teak Oil to bare wood or to wood that is free of old finishes, then wipe off any excess moving in the direction of the wood’s grain.

Q. Should Helmsman® Teak Oil be applied repeatedly?

Yes. Helmsman® Teak Oil should be reapplied whenever the wood appears to be dry or worn out in order to restore the effectiveness of the finish.


WARNING! Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.


  • Surface must be dry and free of old finishes such as varnish, paint, polish, wax, grease, dirt, and subsurface moisture.
  • If desired, sand to obtain smooth, uniform surface.


  • Lightly shake container for 15 – 20 seconds.
  • Brush or wipe on a generous amount of Helmsman® Teak Oil.
  • Allow Helmsman® Teak Oil to penetrate into wood for 5 – 10 minutes. Do not wipe off any excess.
  • Apply a second coat and leave on for an additional 15 – 20 minutes. (Do not leave product on wood in excess of 30 minutes total.)
  • Wipe surface completely dry.
  • Ready for use in 6 – 8 hours.

CLEAN UP: Use mineral spirits or paint thinner following manufacturer's safety recommendations.

COVERAGE: 125 – 150 sq. ft. per quart.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature.

MAINTENANCE: Periodically reapply Helmsman® Teak Oil to dry, worn out wood in order to restore the effectiveness of the finish.

NOTE: Above dry times and coverage rates are based on good ventilation, temperature of 77° and 50% relative humidity. Lower temperature, higher humidity, lack of ventilation will extend dry times. Always spot test on inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.