Polished teak has a greater surface preparation technique, where the natural oils within the teak are brought to the surface. When left to age naturally outside, teak will gradually change to a soft, silver- grey tone. After the first few exposures to water, you should also expect the surface grain to rise slightly.Because teak is a naturally oily wood, paint or varnish will not adhere properly to the surface and after a short while will start to peel off, if you wish to retain the colour of new teak you will need to use teak oil. If you elect to use teak oil you will need to regularly re-apply it to provide continuous protection:
- Apply teak oil liberally with a rag or a paintbrush. Wipe it into the grain, using strokes that are parallel to the grain, and let it soak in. Apply more to areas that soak it up
- Wait for about 30 minutes; then apply more oil in the same way
- Wipe the surface dry after 15 minutes, and let the oil dry for 8 to 10 hours
- Place your furniture in a water-tight garden shed or garage instead of moving teak furniture from the garden straight into an indoor room, the sharp differences in temperature and humidity may cause the wood to split.
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