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Forum topic by jon345 posted 04-03-2015 01:40 PM 713 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2015 01:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: teak danish

I’m planning to refinish a teak dining table and could use some tips on products and technique. As you can see – this tabletop has some fading on the main section along with some minor staining. My goal is to remove the stains and get it so the main section is a similar tone to the leaves, then finish with something durable (my kids will beat on this) such as General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, which I’ve used in the past with good success. Some questions:

- Do I need to strip or can I just go straight to sanding? If strip, any particular product?
- When sanding, what grits should I use?
- Any recommendations for finish other than Arm-R-Seal? Goal is durability and low maintenance while bringing out the natural beauty of the teak.

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#1 posted 04-05-2015 11:13 PM

Is solid teak or teak veneer?

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 12:14 AM

Depends on what the original finish is and is it a film finish. An unknown fil finish should be stripped either chemically or sanding scraping.

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#3 posted 04-06-2015 12:30 AM

Looks like teak plywood with a solid wood edgeing,If you try to sand it most likely you with burn thru at the edges.So be careful.If it has a finish on it now it maybe better than anything you can get?

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#4 posted 04-06-2015 01:37 AM

I’ve had really good results with Behlens rock hard table top varnish.

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#5 posted 04-06-2015 03:37 AM

+1 to Aj2

Assuming it is a teak veneer, most I have had experience with are very thin veneers so care must be taken not to burn through. The color/finish discrepancy between the pull out extensions and the main table is partly due to light exposure as well as cleaners used on the table.

Getting the color/shade to match is going to be the biggest problem where you may have to tint the finish to obtain an acceptable balance.

As far as a finish, there are many choices, but I use Zar Poly in one form or another. You also could use a wipe on poly, however, it would take many more applications to get the finish to build.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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