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Hi. I have inherited a 1950s gplan teak table and am lightly scraping and sanding it down due to poor top surface. It should be mid brown colour... What shoukd i finish it with? Oil? Stain? Any help appreciated. I am from london uk.
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Teak naturally leaches out oil and has a unique ability of taking care of itself, but I will derer to someone else who knows more about it than me.
I have a teak bowl that is never touched except to wash the dust out of it. It's maintaining itself.
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When you are finished scraping and sanding, put some lacquer thinner or acetone on a rag (fairly wet) and for a few seconds it will look the same way as it will with finish on it. More than likely you will like that look and not want to put stain on it.

I always put a hard finish on everything. For indoor furniture, a hard finish will last 30 years or more with no maintenance and it will be spill proof.

If you decide on a hard finish, wipe the teak down with a wet rag soaked in lacquer thinner or acetone. Do this a few times to remove the surface oils. If you are spray capable, use a good pre-cat lacquer. If not, use a lacquer, urethane or varnish.

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Thanks tony. Should i like the appearance (see your 1st para) do i just leave it alone as finished? Assuming it looks ok? We will prob use place mats when dining
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Thanks tony. Should i like the appearance (see your 1st para) do i just leave it alone as finished? Assuming it looks ok? We will prob use place mats when dining
If you like the appearance, just put your finish on it without staining. If you use a hard finish like lacquer, urethane or varnish, your bowl will be functional. I wouldn't eat from it, but I certainly would set fruit in it.

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Hi. Teak table is now stripped of old varnish and surface ready to stain or just varnish. Can u advise whether the water based varnishes are good for use on dining tables? And am i right the first layer varnish should be diluted? If so what with. Thanks.
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This is woodchuckies wife. He joined and I was scouting out the posts. I can give some good advice on teak. We had a lot on our boat. But here is a table I bought in 2000 and finished with just 1 coat of Diamond Varathane. We used it in out house and then on a sail boat going all the way around. Never used a coaster. I wouldn't consider anything but just hard varnish...polyurethane type. This table is small and cheap but the finish really held up.

I didn't even wipe it down to take this photo.

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Hi. I have inherited a 1950s gplan teak table and am lightly scraping and sanding it down due to poor top surface. It should be mid brown colour... What shoukd i finish it with? Oil? Stain? Any help appreciated. I am from london uk.
Is this an indoor or outdoor table?

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George. Hi. Its an Indoor dining table. Just want to know how i dilute varnish on first coat of varnish. Thanks
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Woodchuckie this time. We had the cabin sole on the boat redone in teak and ash when we were in Thailand a few years ago. The finish the yard applied to the new floor was 10 coats of Epifanes clear marine varnish. Eight coats of gloss followed by 2 coats of satin, wet sanding between coats with 600 grit wet or dry paper. Picture of the finished job does not do it justice. It was SPECTACULAR !!!

Cut the first coat 50% with mineral spirits, every coat after that use right out of the can.

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Wow. Looks great thanks for yr comment. :)
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