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#1 posted 09-29-2018 05:00 PM

It looks like teak to me, but probably a lower grade or outer cut as suggested above. If it hasn’t been treated/well looked after or the factory stain did some damage to the wood (or the wood wasn’t heart teak) then it would make sense to have that problem. Easiest way to tell for sure is to sand back a little of the patina, which can be misleading particularly if its seen a lot of exposure.

For repair – don’t go with oak as suggested above (but I’m sure you know that) – its going to be nowhere near as endurant – you probably want to find another naturally resistant wood that you can blend in.

For restoring it, would suggest avoiding teak oil – its not actually for teak (linseed blend), causes unusual dryness, cracking and tends to be a negative impact on the teaks natural oils, and can lead to inconsistencies in the natural grey patina of UV exposed teak. It also requires regular application to maintain appearance. You can either go with a stripping agent to brighten the teak up, or go the sanding route (which I’ve taken for all my teak outdoor furniture as it was previously horribly stained). The recommended approach to achieve consistency is something like a Teak Sealant (e.g. Semco which costs an arm and a leg or similar) – its what they use on the luxury boat decks made out of teak, and can be used for teak to retain its new/fresh golden/red hue. It does require reapplication, but has less issues with cracking and requires less regular application (depending on climate).

I’ve done similar for the outdoor chairs, table, lounge, side tables and benches that I have to great results – will try and post a picture when I get a chance.

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