How to Refinish a Teak Patio Table

What You'll Need
Paint or lacquer thinner
Paint or chemical stripper
Paint brush
Wood stain or paint
Polyurethane sealer
Plastic scraper
Steel wool
Soft rag

A teak patio table is a durable and beautiful piece of furniture for the patio. When the surfaces of the table begin to get dull, you can make them look like new again, by refinishing with wood stain. Although it can be painted, stain will bring out the most natural look. Here are the basic steps in refinishing a teak patio table.

Step 1 – Clean the Surfaces

Use a soft rag to remove any residue on the surfaces of the table. If the surfaces are too oily, dampen the cloth in soapy water, squeeze out the excess water and wipe off dirt, grime, or oil. Wipe it dry with a clean dry cloth.

Step 2 – Remove the Old Finish

Use a chemical or paint stripper, to remove the old dull finish from the surface of the teak. When using solvents, always work in a naturally-ventilated area. Use mask and gloves for extra protection. Read the instructions on the solvent for details on the application process. Use a rag to spread the chemical evenly on every surface. Wait for about 30 minutes or so, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3 – Scrape the Dissolved Material

Use a plastic scraper to remove the old finish. Use lacquer or paint thinner to wash the chemical off the table. Ensure that every surface is scraped and treated properly. If the old finish is hard to remove, dip steel wool in the thinner, and use it to scrape any remaining residue.

Step 4 – Sand the Table

Use a sander to smooth out the surface of the teak, after the chemicals have been washed off or evaporated. Work in the direction of the grain as much as possible. Use medium grit sandpaper at first, and finally use fine grit sandpaper. Wipe off the dust and residue.

Step 5 – Stain or Paint

Use a paintbrush or a rag to apply the stain evenly on the sanded teak. Keep the application as even as possible, and try to avoid applying the stain twice or more on the same surface, to avoid uneven color tones. If paint is preferred, apply a high quality primer first before cutting in the preferred color of paint. Leave the stain or the paint to dry for about 4 to 6 hours or overnight, depending on the instruction details on the product.

Step 6 - Apply Sealer

To ensure that the new finishing material lasts long enough, apply polyurethane sealer after painting or staining. Sealer serves as a moisture barrier from coffee, acid or oil spills. Polyurethane is the recommended sealer for furniture made of wood or other related materials.

Use a piece of rag, or a paint brush, to apply the sealer evenly onto the table’s surfaces. Ensure that all surfaces of the furniture are sealed correctly. Allow the chemical to cure for about 48 hours or so.