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#1 posted 04-04-2014 12:33 PM

Teak oil is actually a pretty nice finish for certain things. It’s similar to danish oil, but formulated for outdoor use. It’s an oil/varnish blend that has UV inhibitors and a long oil base (spar). This makes it a good choice for species like purpleheart and padauk which loose their vibrant colors with UV exposure.

However like any wiping varnish, it is light on protection. The best use is on items where a finish will take a beating and need to be reapplied often. A light scuffing and a wipe-down is all it takes.

For water protection you want a film building finish that can take the abuse sufficiently.

As far as drying, again you need to remember you are applying an oil/varnish blend. These do not build a film. Anything more than 2 or 3 coats is pointless. As the finish polymerizes in the wood – not on top of the wood you are limited to coats you can apply. Once the grain is sufficiently sealed off you are done. any more will sit on top and make a gummy mess.

Often times I will use an oil/varnish blend under a film building finish. Give it 7 to 10 days to cure then apply some poly. If you use waterborne poly you may want to put down a coat of dewaxed shellac first to prevent adhesion issues.


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