Some truly fine furniture has been made from teak wood for many hundreds of years. Teak is such a durable and resilient hardwood that it is not at all difficult to find good old pieces of teak furniture. Teak is a wood that does not require much maintenance, still antique pieces may require a little work to bring it back to its original glorious splendor. If you have a teak piece that you have found or been given that could use a little TLC but still has years of service to give, you are in luck! Teak furniture refinishing is fairly easy. Restoring an antique teak piece can also be quite nice both as a project, and as a handsome piece of furniture in your home.
As teak ages it normally takes on a grey shading that is quite delicate. It is this coloration that is prized by enthusiasts of teak pieces. However the beauty of the original mellow golden color of teak wood before it begins to age and take on that grey hue is equally as beautiful to lovers of hardwoods. You are probably concerned about whether it is possible to revive the color naturally and without compromising the integrity of the wood in any way. The answer is yes.
You will need an orbital sander and one or two fine grain sandpaper strips for your sander. (hint: Some people use 2 or 3 different grades of fine grained sandpaper. 1 fine and 1 extra fine grade sandpaper.)
You will of course require your standard drop cloths and safety equipment (goggles, dust mask, sturdy work surface, etc.) To do a teak refinishing gently sand the surface of the wood using circular motions. You want to be careful not to push the sander into the surface of the wood to hard. When doing Teak Repair, or teak furniture refinishing, you want to bring the character and the complexion of the wood to the surface slowly, careful not to sand away too much.