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Forum topic by CBeats posted 06-21-2016 12:52 PM 736 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2016 12:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: refinish re-finish teak teak oil oil table table top refurbishing finishing

Hi all,

So I have a teak (I think at least) dining room table that my mom has been wanting me to refinish for awhile now. The top looks like it’s either been oiled or laquered, but there are wet spots and rings from people putting their cups/glass on it.
I work at a cabinet shop so I have access to a nice spray on laquer or I can oil it myself. I’m planning on either sanding the finish off or using a stripper within the next couple days when I have free time.
My question is, what are the pros and cons of either a teak oil (or other oil) or a laquer?

Chris Beaton

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#1 posted 06-21-2016 01:27 PM

My knowledge of teak is primarily in marine applications, but for what its worth, we have a teak swim platform on our ski boat. We generally use a teak stripper that could be purchased at any boating store, followed by a brightener, then it gets a few coats of oil, I believe the brand is Star Brite. Our swim platform is clearly exposed to the elements, so it gets refinished every spring. Not sure if this helps, but it at least lets you know that there are specific teak products out there. Good Luck!

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Logan Windram

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#2 posted 06-21-2016 01:43 PM

A cat lacquer is going to be tough finish which if the table is used a lot may be preferable… But I don’t think there is anything that makes a well prepped surface shine like oil. If it’s not an exterior table, I’d say do some test strips and have mom give you the nod on which one.

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