Monday, May 3, 2010

Teak Maintenance

Teak is a very hard wood that is often used for outside furniture and occasionally, giant decks in Park City. This deck is about 1600 square feet (at least 2 of my apartments). Last summer we drum sanded this monster and applied Sikkens SRD using about 80% Teak color and 20% Mahogany. We also ended up staining the entire house, and are staining their neighbor's house this spring.

The thing about hardwood decks is they have a very tight grain and don't allow nearly as much stain to penetrate the wood as redwood. This means they need to be maintained yearly, or even twice a year in Park City to avoid oxidization. This deck has some installation issues as well but we won't get into that here...

We did a 60 grit orbital sand, added about 100 screws to tighten loose boards (note installation issues above), and stained using 100% Teak color Sikkens SRD since the boards had darkened some and the added mahogany was not necessary. No pressure washing since we did not want to add water to this wood before staining and risk more swelling and popping of boards.
Turned out AWESOME!
Before and after orbit sanding

Really pretty grain

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