Outdoor Finish for Teak or Jatobab

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Forum topic by MJCD posted 06-12-2016 09:41 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2016 09:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: outdoor finish tables outdoor furniture

I’ll be building several tables for outdoor (3-season) placement. I live on the water (salty-brackish), so this becomes a consideration.

From my experience both Teak & Jatoba are solid choices – both contain the natural oils and characteristics required for long-term, high-quality outdoor furniture.

Regarding Glues, I’m assuming T3 for non-load-bearing joints, and a West Systems epoxy for load-bearing joints.

Regarding Finishes, my current thoughts are Deft Exterior Poly, over a neutral (tint-base) stain: the intent is to give the Poly something to seal into (though both Deft and Minwax say their Polys can be applied to unfinished furniture).

I would appreciate your thoughts and insight.

Thanks, MJCD

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Logan Windram

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#1 posted 06-12-2016 10:20 PM

I’d oil and be religious about covering the pieces every time you aren’t using them- reapply the oil every season or else you might get streaking and discoloration. However, letting teak gray is another zero effort option with zero re-oiling and no need to cover.

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#2 posted 06-12-2016 11:54 PM

The sun is what destroys film finishes in exterior pieces. Reapplying oil finish is easier than sanding/stripping,refinishing.

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