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gearwhine 03-11-2009 07:35 AM

Teak furniture care/repair advice
Good morning...first post on the forum...seems like a good helpful place to have! I am new to the DIY home improvement stuff...

so, I just purchased a pretty nice set of 4 or 5-year old teak patio furniture. It looks pretty good, and I got a pretty decent price on it. However, they claimed they oiled it every year, but it sure doesn't look like it in some areas.

I live in Denver, CO which is notoriously dry, so that may have helped this look not the best it could.

The chairs look in good condition, still straight and strudy. However, the table could use a bit of work. The table top edges have a slight bit of warpage (which makes me think it may not be true teak, or it's just their minimal care that helped cause it), but it's not bad considering the price I paid.

What can I do to alleviate this problem any further? I'm debating on pulling every piece apart to sand every crevice, then oil it up rather than just clean and oil with it all together. If I oil a few times over, will it help any or will one coat be enough for now? I will definitely be oiling periodicially throughout the year.

How about some kind of protective coating? I know the beauty of teak is to keep it natural, but I'm more into keeping this a sturdy and realiable table.

I'm really just looking on advice to stop the deterioration of this as quickly as possible!

Thanks a lot, and I appreciate the help!


Termite 03-11-2009 08:00 AM

Teak will hold up outdoors and in harsh environments for a very long time with minimal maintenance. It is incredibly expensive...Out of financial reach for most folks. If not teak, your table might be a mahogany of some sort, or one of many South American varieties such as Ipe.

Teak oil is widely available and is a pretty good enhancer/sealer for wood. More oil won't really help...You can only get the wood to take so much. A couple applications initially and a followup application as needed is all it should take.

You can certainly sand it down however and wherever you want. It has an oil finish so there's no need to worry about damaging a coating like polyurethane.

gearwhine 03-19-2009 09:12 AM

Thank you. I went ahead sanding it down, and oiled it. It looks great now; has a very aged looked. I like this look better than the new golden color now that I see it. It's still very golden on the bottom parts of the wood, so I have a good comparison.

It's been with one very heavy coat of oil for about a week now. Looks like it's all soaked in good, and a 2nd coat would be a good idea. Thanks for the information. I appreciate it! Now I have to do 6 chairs....wonderful....

It's definitely teak btw. iIt just wasn't cared for before I got it.

Port Henry 11-05-2010 10:37 AM

I refinish teak for a living.

You do have to clean, sand, and oil it once a season depending on how much sunlight it gets. Great product for structural purposes, but does need care from a looks standpoint.

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