Teak is a naturally beautiful wood with
rich grain and color ranging from a honey gold to a chocolate brown. The grain
and color come from the growth rings, and no two pieces will be alike in grain
It is best to receive your teak furniture in its “natural” finish (not oiled or waxed). This way you can tell the quality of the teak, and have a choice of finishes. Some manufacturers oil or polyurethane their teak furniture. This may be done to hide blemishes, and make the furniture look more attractive.
Natural Finish (Weathering)
If Teak is left unfinished, then it will weather to a handsome silvery gray. This process is gradual and usually takes between three to twelve months, depending on sunlight exposure. Rain or water will not affect the process. However, you may get some water spots when the teak is first exposed to the elements. You may choose to clean them out with mild soap and water, or leave them be. Either way, in a few months time, the furniture will be uniformly gray.
If teak furniture is exposed to rain, its grain will lift slightly. This is a natural process as wood slightly expands and contracts with the wet ad dry cycles. It will not affect the strength or durability of the wood. Teak will return to its smooth feel after the initial weathering process.
Teak Oil Finish
Teak Oil may be applied to Teak outdoor furniture to extend the aesthetic appearance of the new teak furniture. Teak oil, or other finishes that protect from Ultraviolet Light bleaching, delay the bleaching of the wood as long as they are effective. These finishes in no way extend the life of the furniture. Teak furniture requires no treatment to protect the wood.
Teak Oil eventually evaporates in six to twelve months (based on area conditions and sun exposure). You will notice that the oil finish starts showing a few streaks of unoiled wood. At this time, you must reapply teak oil to preserve the color.
If teak oil treatment is not repeated, the furniture will eventually bleach to a silvery gray.
Poly Urethane is used to finish teak wood panels on boats. This is only to maintain its aesthetic color, and give it a smooth shine. Teak wood does not require any finish to preserve its strength.
The Polyurethane will eventually flake and peel. Boatyards usually apply three coats of polyurethane onto teak trim used in boats annually.
03/01/16 - Thank you for the teak oil recommendation. My husband had been thinking about it - your recommendation pushed us to do it and we did yesterday. Attached are a couple of finished product pictures - also a picture of two chairs side by side with one oiled and one waiting to be oiled - what a difference!!!!!!!! Thanks again for a fantastic table, chairs and cushions.
02/27/16 - Last week our expansion table with 4 Tisbury stackable arm chairs and cushions (brown with cream piping) were delivered from our shipper. We absolutely love it all! Assembly of the chairs and table was easy (it took me longer to cut up all the boxes than it took for my husband to put everything together!) The table expands very smoothly. The cushions were custom with cream piping on the brown cushion and it just really adds so much to the appearance of the cushions. Shipment from MA was quicker than we originally expected which was fantastic since we still had to wait the time it took for everything to come on the ship and then clear customs. Goldenteak was wonderful to work with. K&D C, Christiansted, USVI (Teak Round Extension Table (103), Tisbury Stacking Chairs (TS-1A-4)) - See customer photo here.
10/27/2015 - Dear Goldenteak: The pair of rockers arrived strapped on a pallet but the truck driver very kindly managed to get the whole thing to my front door via my horseshoe gravel drive on his movable lift! Dismantling all the pieces of the shipment and getting them to the assembly area was easier than I thought it would be for this 66 year old woman and her trusty dolly. Anyway, the real joy was how easily the chair assembly was. I had them assembled in no time and was rocking away on my covered porch within a couple of hours.
I finally have a comfy and sunless spot (at least most of the day as you will see from the photos) to read and look over the desert without constantly dealing with our brutal sun. Thanks to Goldenteak for yet another fine product.
I am now wishing I had bought a small teak table to place between the two rockers for drinking glasses, to put down your book, etc... Thanks again. JJT, Tuscon, AZ (Teak Carolina Rocker TCR from Goldenteak) See Customer Photo Here