Here is our answer........ I started by heading to West Marine and purchasing StarBrite brand Teak Cleaner (The gel formula) and the StarBrite brand Teak Brightener. They are not the cheapest products on the market, about $50 for the both of them, but I have found that they do the best job on the cleaning portion of the work. It is pretty simple. Start with a clean, dry deck. Then apply a healthy coat of the teak cleaner gel with a disposable paint brush over the teak in which you are cleaning; and remeber to only apply the product to an area that you can complete in about 5 minuts. (On the deck I did an area approx. 2' x 4' at a time) The teak cleaner is nothing more then a highly consentrated soap, and starts to soak into the wood turning it a dark color. Let the cleaner sit for about 5 minutes, then scrub with a scotch brite pad; working the cleaner into the grain of the teak. With warm fresh water, wash the cleaner from the teak. Then clean up the excess water with a dry towel. While the teak is still damp, apply a generous amount of the teak brightner with a disposable paint brush, and let dry overnight. (Do not wipe it off)
This is the deck after sanding with 40 grit sand paper.
This is the deck after sanding with 80 grit sand paper.
After sanding the deck the last time, we jumped right in and started tapping off the deck to get ready to stain and varnish; So needless to say, I don't have any pictures of the final sanding. I guess you'll just have to wait until we are done varnishing to see the end result............