I bought this patio set on Craig’s List. The people obviously didn’t know anything about wood or how to care for wood.
The patio set is constructed from teak. The previous owners opted for a paint, which was tragic. Teak has such a warm natural color. I knew it could be restored to its original beauty.
This was the condition of the furniture when I bought it:Strip
I first applied one coat of citristrip. My experience with strip is if you let it sit too long, it’s a pain to get it off. I didn’t put it into the tight spaces, as I didn’t want to have to get it out of there. I knew I would be sanding in there anyway. The stripper was really to let me see how in depth of a sand I was going to need to do.
Next up was sanding the surfaces. I used a handheld with an 80 grit sandpaper first. Being as the orbital sander couldn’t fit in the tight corners and between the slats I had to do some hand sanding. I used a file where possible. Then, just a hand sand with an 80 grit to get in the corners. It took some work. Not going to lie . This was not a simple “slap the stain on” project.
Once all the previous paint was removed I then switched to a 120 grit sandpaper over all the surfaces. From there, I used a 220 on the areas that would touch clothing or skin (the seat, the back, the arm rests). The underside I didn’t bother past the 120 grit.
It’s so fun for me to see a wood’s potential…
As this is teak wood, and virtually impervious to water, I opted for a traditional “teak oil.” Teak is really dense wood. It is known as the gold standard for outdoor furniture because it can weather most anything. But, being left untreated it would change color – to a more gray hue. I wanted to keep it a natural warm color, and teak oil does that. Plus, we live in a very dry climate, so I felt it needed something to help it not dry out and possibly crack.
I applied one coat of teak oil with a rag. Let that soak in. When it was no longer sticky, I applied another coat. After the oil was dry, I put it outside and let it weather for a few days. Then applied another coat of teak oil.
Beautiful! Look at that wood and warmth!
Stripper – I use citristrip
Sandpaper – I used 80, 120, and 220 grit
File – or similar to sand in the tight crevices
Rag to apply oil
(A “Can Do” attitude!)
Orbital Sander – (optional) but sure made my job easier!