How to fix small crack (checking) in Teak patio furniture.
It's not uncommon to encounter small cracks or checking in teak patio furniture, particularly during the first few months or after the rainy season. Changes in weather conditions can cause the wood grain to open quickly, resulting in small cracks. While some of these cracks may close on their own, others may require prompt attention to prevent them from getting worse. Fortunately, fixing small cracks in teak patio furniture is something that you can do yourself.
Here is how to fix small crack (checking) in Teak patio furniture.
- To start, clean the area around the crack using soap and water, and let it dry completely. Then, apply a few drops of super glue or crazy glue, depending on the size of the crack. Use 150 grit sandpaper to sand the area immediately after applying the glue. This will fill the crack with teak sand dust and permanently close it.
How to fix wider (Medium) cracks in Teak furniture.
- For wider or medium-sized cracks, clean the area around the crack with soap and water, let it dry completely, and then fill the crack with wood glue (such as Gorilla glue, which can be found at most hardware stores). Use a clamp to close the crack and remove any excess glue that may have seeped out due to the pressure. Leave the clamps on for 8-10 hours, then remove them and use a sharp object to remove any leftover glue. Finally, use 150+ grit sandpaper to sand the area until it matches the smoothness of the rest of the furniture.
Teak Furniture Care Preserves Your Furniture
It's important to take good care of your teak patio furniture to preserve its appearance and durability. Teak is a water-resistant, close-grain hardwood that is often used for outdoor furnishings due to its strength, high natural oil and rubber content, and resistance to rotting, fungi, and harsh chemicals. Proper processing, such as kiln drying, is necessary before constructing furniture from teak.
Know more about Teak Wood
Teak starts out as a beautiful golden/honey brown color when new, but over time, exposure to the elements causes it to gradually change color to a silver-grey patina that indicates finely aged, outdoor teak. If left untreated, the silver-grey patina can eventually deteriorate to a dark-grey and greenish look. If you need to restore teak furniture, there are services available at a minimal cost.
Teak is a tropical hardwood with a beautiful golden /honey brown color when it is new. Over time, as natural teak is exposed to the elements, it gradually changes color from the honey color of new teak to a silver-grey patina which distinguishes finely aged, outdoor teak. After a while this silver-grey patina deteriorates to a dark-grey and greenish look if it remains untreated. Remember if you need to restore teak furniture we do provide this service with very minimum cost.