Restoring the finish of a teak dining table


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Restoring the finish of a teak dining table

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I have an old dining table I'd like to restore, the top is in pretty bad condition, so I was wondering if any one has advice on how to get a decent finish back to the table.

Thanks

Graham
 
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Welcome to the forums! Yeah it's bad. A random orbit sander with 220 grit paper will help smooth it out, but you also have to remove all the original finish, so something like Formby's refinishing may help get all the previous finish off of it, then sand, stain and re finish.

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Once you get the table clean I suggest using teak oil as a finish. It will take a couple of days to dry thoroughly but will be easy to re-finish as necessary.
 
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As bad as that is 220 grit will just load up.
If it was mine I start with 60 grit and work my way down.
100 % sure that's Teak? Sure looks more like oak to me.
 
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I am assuming it's teak by the colour of the rest of the table, such as the under side and the legs. Once I take it back to the bare wood I will know for definte.
 
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Thanks for the responses. I will start it next weekend as I need to get some sandpaper, sanding block, and teak oil.
 
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100 % sure that's Teak? Sure looks more like oak to me.
Teak does have a number of different grain patterns so while it MIGHT be oak it is impossible to say from this small picture.

Graham, after cleaning it up take a larger picture and post it and we may be able to tell positively if it is teak. I'd be wary of using teak oil on anything but teak.
 
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I'd be wary of using teak oil on anything but teak
Me too! Let us know or post a pic after you get it stripped down.
 
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I'd be using a random orbital sander.
It would take days to hand sand a whole table by hand.
 
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Attachment 52206Hi

I tried sanding the table, and I was a bit too vigerous, not realising that it was a teak veneer, so I sanded it down to the chipboard. So is there anything I can do to rescue it.
 
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Once you go thru the veneer you have 2 choices; replace the veneer or use a filler, primer and paint
 
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Really depends on how much time and effort you want to put in, if the table is worth salvaging overall and/ or if you have an emotional attachment to it. If, say, it was a family heirloom, then I would probably keep it as close to the original as possible and apply some sheet veneer, band the perimeter with molding, stain to match and apply an oil finish (or French polish but that's a lot more work).

Nothing you can do to restore what is done now to the surface, without some major refinishing.
 
 

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