LumberJocks

Teak: Finishing Recommendations?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by jayseedub posted 08-27-2021 02:07 PM 312 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View jayseedub's profile

jayseedub

221 posts in 3208 days


08-27-2021 02:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing teak veneer bathroom bathrooms vanity sink

I’m building a bathroom vanity (cabinet AND top) using paper-backed teak veneer and some teak hardwood edging.

Any advice on how to finish it: Specifically I’m wondering if the oils in the teak (especially in the edging) will cause me any problems with anything? If I just wipe the teak down with acetone (or what?) does that largely mitigate any risk of the oils working against the finish? Is there enough oil in a super-thin veneer to cause any significant problems at all, anyway?

I don’t think a teak/tung/linseed oil finish is want I want—I do want a film coating (shellac, poly?). It’s a bathroom—it’ll get splashed on, get some soaps and mild chemicals on it—it needs something hard-wearing, I think.

Any experiences with finishing teak that you can share with me? Things gone wrong? Anything NOT to do?


6 replies so far

View WoodenDreams's profile

WoodenDreams

1433 posts in 1154 days


#1 posted 08-27-2021 06:14 PM

With the moisture from a bathroom shower, I used exterior poly in the main bathroom for protection 10 yrs ago. When I did the basement bathroom I used a marine varnish for protection 8 yrs ago. I haven’t had any issues as of yet.

View jayseedub's profile

jayseedub

221 posts in 3208 days


#2 posted 09-11-2021 09:35 PM

@WoodenDreams—did you first prep the teak in any way (naptha, acetone, or a base-coat of shellac)? Thanks for your insights!

View jayseedub's profile

jayseedub

221 posts in 3208 days


#3 posted 09-11-2021 09:35 PM



With the moisture from a bathroom shower, I used exterior poly in the main bathroom for protection 10 yrs ago. When I did the basement bathroom I used a marine varnish for protection 8 yrs ago. I haven t had any issues as of yet.

- WoodenDreams

@WoodenDreams—did you first prep the teak in any way (naptha, acetone, or a base-coat of shellac)? Thanks for your insights!

View WoodenDreams's profile

WoodenDreams

1433 posts in 1154 days


#4 posted 09-11-2021 11:15 PM

I don’t think there was any special prep work.

If I’m not mistaken, prep in the main bathroom was sanding, Minwax natural oil base stain, and Varathane exterior Ultimate Spar poly water based. Three coats.

In the basement bathroom I believe I used Rust-Oleum Marine Spar varnish. Sanding & Three coats. That was about $15 per quart can.

View WoodenDreams's profile

WoodenDreams

1433 posts in 1154 days


#5 posted 09-11-2021 11:22 PM

Last spring I sanded down the mahogany dashboard in my boat. Since it wasn’t for below the water-line, I applied four coats of Varathane exterior Ultimate Spar poly water based. No special prep-work other than the sanding. Came out rather nice. Held up all summer. Should not have to redo it in the boat for another eight years or so.

View jayseedub's profile

jayseedub

221 posts in 3208 days


#6 posted 09-18-2021 06:58 PM

Update—I’ve finished the vanity. I put on three coats of water-based poly and wiped down all surfaces with acetone before laying down the finish.

All… except… one door that I forgot to wipe down.

That’ll be my “test” piece as the years go by. Of course, it was unintentional, and of course I can’t remember which of the two doors I forgot to acetone https://youtu.be/qbeEO58Hlfo, so it’s going to be a true blind experiment.

Thanks everyone for your input, and wish me luck!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com