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tbonfig : 7/14/2019 11:41 am
We have some teak patio furniture that turned to the weather grey patina color that occurs after a few weeks. Iíve done nothing to maintain the furniture and was wondering what people do?

I read online that if you apply any sort of restorer or finisher that it will go back to the honey gold color. However I would like to keep the grey color. What do yíall do?
I just bought a teak table  
ron mexico : 7/14/2019 12:29 pm : link
The guy recommended I do nothing other than soapy water as needed for stains. Teak has natural oils that will maintain the wood.

You can use teak oil, that will temporarily bring it back to the yellowish color it was new.
Do nothing but soapy water for stains  
TurdFurguson : 7/14/2019 12:33 pm : link
Weíve had the same teak table at my parentsí house for 20+ years. They get better with age.
Thatís how itís supposed to look  
mattlawson : 7/14/2019 1:51 pm : link
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Linseed oil  
BillT : 7/14/2019 2:10 pm : link
I believe is recommended.
So no sealing it?  
tbonfig : 7/14/2019 2:14 pm : link
How about sanding it to smooth it?
For what itís worth  
GruningsOnTheHill : 7/14/2019 2:20 pm : link
we have had two teak chairs on our front porch for years here on an island a block from the Gulf of Mexico. This is a very harsh environment for wood, but these unfinished teak chairs are holding up amazingly well with absolutely zero maintenance.
RE: So no sealing it?  
TurdFurguson : 7/14/2019 4:15 pm : link
In comment 14498556 tbonfig said:
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How about sanding it to smooth it?


Sanding actually makes the wood worse. The natural oil in teak protects well and causes the grey look. In the words of Kunu from Forgetting Sarah Marshall ďDo less.Ē
No need to do anything  
gtt350 : 7/15/2019 8:58 am : link
Teak is a hard wood with natural d oils the color is supposed to change
wonder if it is really teak?  
Dan in the Springs : 7/15/2019 10:00 am : link
there are a lot of counterfeit products out there - if you're worried about aging and needing to sand it, could it be that you got something made to look like teak? Just wondering, in no way am I an expert.
RE: wonder if it is really teak?  
ron mexico : 7/15/2019 10:24 am : link
In comment 14498966 Dan in the Springs said:
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there are a lot of counterfeit products out there - if you're worried about aging and needing to sand it, could it be that you got something made to look like teak? Just wondering, in no way am I an expert.


good question. Turning grey after only a few weeks doesn't sound right. It should take about a year.
With boats don't they varnish the teak  
xman : 7/15/2019 4:42 pm : link
with products that have uv protection like epifanes varnish
So I am I guess in minority  
bhill410 : 7/16/2019 7:15 am : link
But we wash it with this teal scrubber thing and then put teak oil on every year. Still gets a little gray but I think the contrast is a pretty cool look. The amount of dirt and stuff we take off of the table initially blew my mind. Also we occasionally have wasps that munch on it, they donít have oil/sealer is applied which was why we originally did it.
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