Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
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.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx