What should i put on some Teak deck furniture i made so it keeps it's color?

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08-23-2010 03:30 AM

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woodworkers please listen up; please, i just made some Teak outdoor deck furniture. What are some of the ways i can keep them looking new, not silver gray? Please give any help that U have.Thanks Rich

-- Rick

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#1 posted 08-23-2010 03:50 AM

This will be a constant battle. Exposure to the elements will naturally weather wood to a grey color. Trying to keep the natural color of the wood will mean continually refinishing the furniture. I have used spar varnish/urethane with success on exterior projects- doors, tables- but these generally have had some protection from uv rays and do not get a lot of rain exposure.

Like wooden decks, outdoor furniture will need to be re-treated once or twice a year to maintain the “new” wood look.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 05:52 AM

I had the same problem, I used an outdoor urethane, in high gloss, should have used flat or low gloss, more in keeping with teak. My deck is covered, with little sun, it has lasted well. The factory finish put on last year was no good, almost came off on your clothes. Urethane for me is the best option. I didn’t build these chairs, as you have by now gathered.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 05:54 AM

Teak oil

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#4 posted 08-23-2010 06:02 AM

After it eventually turns gray you will need to strip it and then wash it with a solution of oxalic acid. This will remove most of the gray. Then you can put fresh coats of oil. It is common in the boat world.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#5 posted 08-23-2010 06:38 AM

Sikkens Cetol 1, but it will impart its own color too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 08-23-2010 06:50 AM

I use TWP500 for teak in the Southwest. You might want to use TWP100 for your area. It is the best product I have used for outdoor Furniture/Decking.

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#7 posted 08-23-2010 06:51 AM

I agree with Jim. I have been boating, and dealing with teak on sailboats here in the PNW for over 40 years. I have over a ton of teak in the interior of my boat, and teak decks, cabin top, as well as the cap rails, and the cockpit. I have tried a lot of stuff over the years. Avoid Cetol, it makes it way to orange in color. I have used several brands of high end varnish, and they last only a couple of years. Oxalic acid is used only for removing the black spots caused by mold that will form on bare teak, or under the finish if water is allowed to get through.

The best I have found that holds up here is Daly Seafin Teak oil. It used to be cheap, but has gone up to a little over 45 bucks a gallon. It has worked well for me since I started using it in the 1980’s. And I use it in the shop on maple and alder as well. It is a wipe on, wipe off tung oil and poly finish, and 6-7 coats are best. With very little sanding between the last couple of coats. A gallon goes a heck of a long ways, and for a couple of chairs I might start with a qt. It will require a little touch up every couple of years, and if you start seeing black spots, just sand that area, then hit the rest with 320 and recoat the whole thing.

Good luck, And since I run a fair amount of teak in the shop, hope you have a good place to take your knifes, blades, and bits, to be made sharp again.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#8 posted 08-23-2010 07:06 AM

Sorry got the wrong link, is the right one.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#9 posted 08-23-2010 02:50 PM

I’ve been using Penofin Hardwood Exterior Formula on my outdoor ipé furniture for over 10 years. I think it is great. I am sure it will work equally well on teak.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 08-23-2010 04:29 PM

Hi a1Jim,
Teak oil didn’t work for me. More than 1 application and it still came off, when it felt like it.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#11 posted 08-23-2010 04:44 PM

Note: The term “teak oil” is generic. No two brands are alike, nor are there any regulations on its ingredients.
Consumer-grade teak oil products that you find in big box stores can be very insipid and are mostly solvent. High quality teak oil formulations, like Daly’s are in a completely different class. It’s like comparing Twinkies to fine French pastries.

-- 温故知新

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#12 posted 08-23-2010 05:17 PM

Thanks to all for the help on my outdoor teak projects. I think i will give SeaFin Teak Oil a shot. thanks again to all.

-- Rick

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#13 posted 08-23-2010 06:04 PM

Another advocate of regular re-oiling here. I use Penofin after getting turned on to it by a wooden boat fanatic, it’s doing great for my outdoor woodworking stuff. Just keep applying it, I’m told that in a few years you can stop, but it makes things look so great I don’t know why I’d want to skip the annual ritual.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#14 posted 08-23-2010 07:43 PM

Teak oil. I have a teak table that sits 8 outdoors. Another 4 chairs and 2 small tables, I oil twice a year and they stay outside all year under a covered patio and they look as god as new.

-- mrg

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#15 posted 08-23-2010 07:50 PM


We use Wattco Teak Oil on all of our outdoor teak furniture with a light coat every spring. It stands up to the Texas sun well.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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