Teak is a popular wood for outdoor furniture because it is attractive, very resistant to rot and it will last a long time. Untreated teak will weather to a soft gray appearance that may make it appear old or worn when really only a thin layer at the surface is weathered. Most people prefer for the teak to retain most or all of its raw or oiled color.
Things You'll Need
- Plastic sheeting
- Safety gloves and glasses
- Bristle brush
- Teak cleanser (non-acid type)
- Distilled water
- Medium-grit sandpaper and block (optional)
- Teak brightener
- 3 two-inch disposable brushes
- Teak oil (optional)
- Teak finisher
- Teak sealer
Position the furniture on plastic sheeting out of direct sunlight.
Apply a good teak cleanser (non-acid type) with a bristle brush. Wear gloves to protect your skin as this type of cleanser is a skin irritant. Rinse with distilled water. (Distilled water prevents mineral discoloration.) Allow the furniture to dry overnight.
Sand the teak lightly if it is mildly weathered. Reduce any lifted wood areas, and sand with the grain. Wipe away any residual sawdust with a cloth.
Apply teak brightener using a 2-inch disposable brush. Some brighteners require rinsing. Check the manufacturer's directions. Allow the furniture to dry completely.
Apply teak oil using a disposable brush. Paint in the direction of the wood grain, being careful to reach all areas of the surface. Allow each coat to dry completely, and apply a total of 3 coats. Allow at least 1 hour between coats. Teak may need to be re-oiled 2 to 3 times a year to retain its honey appearance.
Apply teak finish and sealer as an alternative to teak oil. Teak finishes and sealers often last considerably longer than teak oil. Some manufacturers combine finish and sealer as a single product. Follow manufacturer's recommendations for the number of coats based on the environment in your area.
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