Refinishing a reclaimed Teak bar top

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Forum topic by FishyRichy posted 10-14-2017 02:05 PM 1220 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2017 02:05 PM

Hi all,

I acquired some large teak table tops and a 10’x3’ bar top recently, and a client of mine would like the bar top for a remodel they are doing. The finish is pretty dinged up so I want to refinish it. The current finish is a satin clear coat which is pretty thick, I tried sanding it out and it took me about 1.5 hours to do 18” of the 10’. Is there a chemical striper that I can use that will allow me to do a light sanding and apply a Teak Oil finish to? I just don’t want to have to sand this puppy for 3 days if I don’t have to, but I don’t want to use any chemicals that will be too hard on the wood…any advice is greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 10-14-2017 08:36 PM

Assuming it’s flat on the bottom I would consider making a router sled and smoothing the top that way. The only reason I ask if it’s flat on the bottom is because if it’s not then it makes it more of a pain.

But products like this say they will strip lacquer, poly and epoxy. Citristrip is odorless and is easy on the wood. I have only used it on paint and it works as advertised.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 10-14-2017 10:48 PM

A lot of Bar top finishes are those polyester finishes. If the citrus stripper doesn’t work then use a good powerful heat gun and stout scraper.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#3 posted 10-17-2017 08:45 PM

If the wood is dinged and you want it smooth, scrape the finish off with a plane or scraper plane. For a chemical method, I use the nastiest stuff I can find with plenty of ventilation and protective gear. Getting all the stripper off is the trick. I dont use stripper unless I have to – its a pain to get all of it off but if you want to preserve the patina it is necessary.

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