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Original Post: Restoring the Finish of a Teak Dining Table

Graham Dollow Member


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


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Chandler Forum Topic Moderator

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.

Our paint guy will be along shortly, so hang in there for his opinion.

Furd Member

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.

Joecaption Member

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.

Graham Dollow Member

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.

Thanks for the responses. I will start it next weekend as I need to get some sandpaper, sanding block, and teak oil.

Furd Member

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.

Marksr Member

Me too! Let us know or post a pic after you get it stripped down.

Joecaption Member

I'd be using a random orbital sander.

It would take days to hand sand a whole table by hand.

Graham Dollow Member

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.

sanded teak table

Marksr Member

Once you go thru the veneer you have 2 choices; replace the veneer or use a filler, primer and paint L

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