|Forum topic by ShopCat||posted 09-11-2009 06:28 AM||2203 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
09-11-2009 06:28 AM
I am doing a repair job on some Danish style Teak chairs. One of chair legs was broken, and very poorly repaired. I managed to dissolve the Titebond III that was used to glue the break, and I have it reassembled and glued up, but I am having a problem with the finish.
I have never worked with Teak before, and I am finding it… different. I had to soak the break location in vinegar to dissolve the glue, so some of the honey color of the wood got washed out a bit. I also had to sand over the whole area of the repair job in order to clean up some rough points. In the process, the wood took on a grayish dirty look. I initially though it was just excess glue (I used Titebond Liquid Hide), but now I think it may actually be oil from the Teak itself.
Reading up on Teak finishing on the web has me a bit confused. I understand that Teak pretty much takes care of itself, but first I would like to clean off the glue or oil that is on the surface, next I would like to sand it without recreating the gray dirty look, finally, I would like to get it to buff up to the satin honey color of the rest of chair.
I get differing pictures of what to do off of the mass of websites. I know I don’t want to varnish, shellac, etc., but what will I be doing if I do a single coat of Teak Oil? Is Teak Oil what indoor Teak furniture is usually finished with? What is the best way to sand this stuff? What is a good solution (as in liquid) for cleaning Teak? I have to be careful around the glued area, since water and liquid hide glue don’t work together well.