How to fix up old teak furniture

Filed under DIY guides on July 28, 2016

It can be difficult to assess whether one should start with the fine steel wool or sandpaper. So it is VERY important to check before to starting anything, whether the material you have is solid teak or veneer.

Solid teak can withstand a good sanding with sand paper, but the veneer sheets are seldom more than a few millimeters thick and thus will not tolerate much sanding.

What you will need:
• Bucket of water mixed with basic cleaning agent, and a cloth for this work.
• Bucket with clean water and a clean cloth.
• Sandpaper grit 400 for the coarse work
• Sandpaper grit 800 for the fine finish
• Sanding block – for a smoother and easier sanding. I prefer ones made in cork.
• Dry cloth – for checking your work in progress
• Vaseline Oil and a lint-free cloth.

#1 Start by deep cleaning your object with a mix of basic cleaning agent and water. Then rinse with the clean water and a new clean cloth.
Let dry completely (for many hours – maybe up to a day or two).

3 thoughts on “How to fix up old teak furniture

  1. Vintage teak Hans Olsen roundette:
    How can I fix veneer table top that has water damage, lifting the grain somewhat so it is not smooth? Do I have to reface the top with new veneer?

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Sharon, That really depends on the type of water damage, and the surface, if we are talking moist trapped between the veneer and lacquer, an easy fix is to heat the area to evaporate the moist. This can be done with a lighter, or even a small cotton ball soaked in alcohol, and lit – just watch not to heat too much ; ) – If we are talking non lacquered veneer or deeper damage, I am afraid refacing, might be the only way to fix – veneer by definition is thin layer, and if the damage goes right through there will be nothing to sand down to. Best, Houston

      1. Hi, Houston!
        Thank you very much for your reply. Table and chairs are at the refinisher now. He’s going to glue and clamp it with boards at least as big as the table then hand sand. I’ll send you a photo of it when I get it back. I adore the table, and have wanted one for years and finally found one!

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