What finish to use on outdoor teak table tops for a restuarant?

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Forum topic by jacktown posted 01-22-2015 07:33 PM 856 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2015 07:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: teak finishing outdoor

I have been asked to clean and finish a bunch of outdoor teak table tops for a restaurant. They were never finished and after a couple of months of being here in Mississippi have stains and mold and mildew on them. Who would have guessed that, right? (sarcasm)

Anyone have any recommendations for cleaning and finishing these tops? Definitely want something that will be durable and hold up in a restaurant setting.


-- David, Jackson, MS

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 07:40 PM

I like this – and make sure you tell the owner that it must be done maybe twice a year, if under heavy use and always in the weather.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 07:56 PM

I would clean with a little bleach and then pressure wash them. After giving them plenty of time to dry, use teak oil and keep applying thin coats until the wood doesn’t suck it up immediately. I used this method for the swim platform on my boat and as long as it wasn’t allowed to get funky, all that was needed was to let it dry completely then a couple coats. This only had to be done once a year and worked well enough the platform needed no additional maintenance.

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 09:17 PM

Has anyone used TeakGuard or Semco? Everything I read seems like using Teak Oil is very high maintenance.

-- David, Jackson, MS

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#4 posted 01-22-2015 10:03 PM

There’s a good article in a major woodworking magazine this month about what “teak oil” really is (or isn’t).

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#5 posted 01-22-2015 11:30 PM

David, an outdoor finish is going to require relative care and refurb.
I’m in Tupelo, and can verify my statement.
Don’t get yourself into a warranty position for any exterior finish.


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#6 posted 01-23-2015 02:01 AM

+1 Sam Hamory & Bill White

-- Respectfully, Paul

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