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Posted on Refinishing a MCM dining table -- sanding, staining and finishing advice/opinions/help welcome!

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#1 posted 09-17-2018 03:19 PM

Teak Oil is typically a product to put on teak in an exterior environment. Most are just oils of some sort, or oils with a bit of varnish mixed in. Its good for outdoor furniture, but a dining room table is basically the last place you’d want to use it. Teak oil for the most part is marketing mumbo jumbo, it is basically danish oil (which itself is marketing mumbo jumbo) meant to be used outside. The product you listed is basically tung oil with a little bit of varnish.

Tabletops need quite a bit of protection. Danish Oil, especailly Watco, is not the kind of finish you’d want. As Danish Oils go, Watco contains little to no varnish and dries very soft. Some Danish Oils with a higher varnish content (or homemade) will give a hard(ish) finish after a few coats.

There’s a reason Behlen makes a product called rockhard tabletop varnish. Tabletops take a beating, second only to floors in the amount of abuse they take, and unlike floors, they are expected to maintain a shiny scratch free finish. Tabletops WILL experience water stress from rings to spills.

With high abuse furniture, there is a tradeoff; you can use varnish, which will last the longest looking the best, but its high effort to apply and even higher effort to refinish, or use lacquer, which is relatively easy to apply, but not quite as durable (esp to water rings), but easy to fix/refinish. (Or Shellac, which is kinda like a less durable version of lacquer). Either way, a table isn’t going to last long looking good that lacks a built up film finish.

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