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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-08-2020, 11:44 Thread Starter
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Treating wooden garden furniture

My teak (I think) garden furniture sits outside all year. It looks lovely when just treated with teak oil but it doesn't last.

I scrubbed off the gunge with lots of water n elbow grease. Put oil on yesterday but the surface of the wood is kind of 'hairy' n it didn't look that great.

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1. After wash/dry/several wipes of oil
2. The bottom slat was almost completely sanded down, the 2nd - only the left, then oil applied. A much better finish. Oops, 2nd is on its side. Bottom is to left.

Now, the question - a friend has a sander which would make the job a lot easier. But if it's a circular sander would it still do a good (reasonable, I'm not too precious!) job or would it damage the wood?
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The advice I received with my teak (yes, it looks just like yours) bench was to allow it to weather to a lovely grey colour. Teak is, after all, the wood of choice on many boats, so it must be up to it.

However, we didn't like it although the bird droppings were less noticeable on the greyest areas!

So like you I rubbed the wood by hand, having used a scrubbing brush to get the worst of the algae off, thus generating that hairy surface. Apply the oil and we have a lovely brown colour again. I've kept on top of it and it hasn't needed sanding, so I can't answer your question but I would expect a circular sander to be OK.

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PS I bought fairly expensive weather-proof covers and they keep the worst of the problems at bay, allowing me to oil once per year.
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Thanks Gordon.

No, I don't like the grey either!

I also bought covers but as it lives just outside my bedroom I found that the racket the cover made in high wind was too much. I placed a weighted box on the middle of the table. When I removed the cover I had a large, horrible, black stain which took some removing. I'll not do that again!

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So like you I rubbed the wood by hand, having used a scrubbing brush to get the worst of the algae off, thus generating that hairy surface. Apply the oil and we have a lovely brown colour again. I've kept on top of it and it hasn't needed sanding, so I can't answer your question but I would expect a circular sander to be OK.
When you say you rubbed the wood by hand - was that using sandpaper?

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One of those sanding blocks: medium/fine I think (3M?). They are so much easier to grip than a hard sanding-block with paper wrapped round.

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My Dad is now in a care home and I acquired it when we emptied and sold his bungalow (along with a lot of other useful things and a lot of rubbish!)
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I am remembering what Hans did when he made all our wooden skirting boards and loads of other Wooden things, after each coat of varnish or whatever it was he used, he rubbed it down with fine paper because the `Hairsī of wood stood up, he probably did it twice and then the third coat would be fine. So I reckon you need to rub it down Jean to get rid of the hairs.

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Our kitchen worktops came as oiled oak

We washed off the oil and gave them several coats of satin varnish, NOT water based , sanding between every coat

I think if we had oiled outdoor furniture we would do the same, our two oak benches are very old and have a degree of lichen on them, which as we rarely sit on them suits our garden style fine

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Yeah, I should have rubbed it down before doing any oiling as that's going to gunge up the sander.

Anyone know, will using a circular sander with fine sandpaper leave marks on the grained wood?

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Yeah, I should have rubbed it down before doing any oiling as that's going to gunge up the sander.

Anyone know, will using a circular sander with fine sandpaper leave marks on the grained wood?

Sander, sander I can hear him say, not on furniture, do that my hand with something like these he had Jean.


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Sander, sander I can hear him say, not on furniture, do that my hand...
That's what I was afraid of!

Tho in the time I've been on here talking about it I could have had it done!
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