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Ive just spent 2 1/2 hrs sanding the top only of my teak table outside & re teak oiling. It came up looking great again, but is there a quicker way? That was the easy bit, the underside will be difficault, but the intricate legs will be impossible!

I was thinking of sandblasting, anyone else tried this? Any ideas on how much wonga for a 8 seat table & chairs? Any other options rather than a couple of days cursing, or a new table?

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  • elsien
    elsien Posts: 32,907 Forumite
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    I've never needed to sand mine - cover it in the winter and oil it in the summer and it seems to be ok. Do you cover yours or leave it out?
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  • hungrynurse_2
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    it wont fold so needs leaving out all winter. I got a cover for it, but then a mouse nibbled it, but didnt get a new one for this winter, so it got left out. Guess Ill get one for this winter. Teak oil on teack oil on teak oil plus weather has left it looking rather dark, & the wood not particularly healthy. The top looks so much better having stripped off the top side down to bare wood today, Id like to get this look all over but just dont have the time (or patience!)
  • elsien
    elsien Posts: 32,907 Forumite
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    No cash-strapped teenagers around who might want to give a hand?
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • Dustykitten
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    We jet wash our garden furniture, comes up great. Teak oil is not all it's cracked up to be IMHO
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  • hungrynurse_2
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    I do preferr the look of bare wood, but I do find that once a coat of teak oil is on, spilt drinks and rain just slides right off
  • mal2010
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    Teak, though easily worked, can cause severe blunting on edged tools because of the presence of silica in the wood. Teak's natural oils make it useful in exposed locations, and is termite and pest resistant.
    Teak is durable even when not treated with oil or varnish.
    Plantation Teak is more susceptible to color change from UV exposure.
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