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Forum topic by misterbig posted 06-22-2015 07:37 PM 474 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2015 07:37 PM

I need to apply a finish on this and need advice. The wood is teak and need to apply a finish that can weather to sun and rain and be apply to with stand very cold temp outside. I went to Home Depot last year and one of their so called experts told me that I should use teak oil. So I applied and in two weeks the furniture was covered in black spots. Mildew I am assuming. So i sanded it down, washed it with bleach, and water. No I don’t have a clue what to do for a finish. Was thinking a helmsmen spar finish, Scandinavian tung oil, or boiled linseed.

Need some solid advice because if I have to sand it again I think I will throw it in the fire pit…..


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#1 posted 06-22-2015 08:01 PM

I just used some exterior 450 from general finishes for a table and I like the way it applied and leveled. The table I used it on sits in a covered patio so I cant speak to its durability. You might be hard pressed to find something that will hold up outside without constant reapplications I fear.

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 08:11 PM

I’m one who doesn’t like any finish on outdoor furniture.Heres why oil based finishes don’t really do anything but attract dirt,a film finish like spar has some uv blocker but is a lot of work to do right and needs re coating.If it starts peeling and craking,that’s even worse strip and starts over.
So all woods turn gray if left out in the sun teak is about the best you can do.A smooth silver soft color is very nice and if the furniture get used the areas were people touch add to the wood.
Wood doent need protection from nature,the two are the same.

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 08:22 PM

Teak weathers well without any finish.

Don’t apply any film finishes such as spar varnish.

Leaving the furniture outside in the winter will hasten it’s demise.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 08:25 PM

System Three marine spar varnish,, Woodcraft has it, , not cheap, but call it done .. I did the testing on it..

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