How to Refinish My Teak Coffee Table

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How to Refinish My Teak Coffee Table
Teak wood will wear to a silver-grey colour if not refinished. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Teak furniture is a popular and durable option for both indoor and outdoor areas. If left to weather outdoors, the wood produces an attractive silver-grey finish that is easy to maintain. Other homeowners prefer to preserve the golden colour of new teak furniture, and this requires periodic treatment with teak oil. Furniture made of teak wood can last for many years, and you may wish to refinish pieces that show signs of wear. For instance, a teak coffee table can be refinished to remove dirt and stains to make it look like new.

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Things you need

  • Orbital sander
  • Fine-grit sandpaper, 320-grit
  • Teak oil
  • Clean cloths
  • Paint brush
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Plastic dust sheet

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  1. 1

    Lay down a plastic dust sheet to protect flooring.

  2. 2

    Wash the wood with a solution of 1 tsp dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon water to remove surface dirt and stains. Allow to dry overnight.

  3. 3

    Sand surface with 320-grit sandpaper or use an orbital sander to smooth and clean the surface, following the grain of the wood.

  4. 4

    Wipe down the coffee table with a soft cloth, removing all dust and sandpaper

  5. 5

    Apply the teak oil in a thin, even coat, working in sections. Cover all areas of the coffee table. Allow it to dry for at least one hour.

  6. 6

    Apply additional coats until the teak no longer absorbs the oil. Remove any excess oil that accumulates.

  7. 7

    Allow to dry overnight.

  8. 8

    Buff the table to a lustrous sheen with a soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Teak must be clean and dry before you apply the teak oil, according to Teak Furniture Manufacturers.
  • Try to sand the teak wood surface evenly. Differences in sanding will show on the final finish.
  • Use small bits of fine sandpaper to reach into small, tight areas of the coffee table.
  • You can apply teak oil with a paintbrush or a cloth.
  • Teak oil provides UV protection for the wood surface.
  • Wipe excess oil off the wood before it gets gummy. If it does become gummy, add more oil and rub to thin it.
  • Use teak oil in a well-ventilated area and wear respiratory protection.
  • Bird droppings can stain teak wood quickly. Remove droppings from the surface immediately to prevent stains.
  • According to, you should never pressure wash teak furniture. The force of the spray can mar the wood's surface.
  • Dispose of oily cloths properly. They are flammable. Place them in a metal can with a metal lid and dispose of them according to your community's rules.

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