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Does teak darken with age?

Asked by Aiyana Dorsey

Andy Dale

Andy Dale
BA, Contributor

Teakwood changes color with age, new teakwood varies in color from light to dark brown, and as it ages over time it turns light silver gray. You will begin to see the first gray streaks after your teak furniture has been in the weather for about three to four months.

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Why does teak turn gray?

When the natural wood is exposed to sun and wind, the cells on the surface get dry and turn to the gray/silver color. ... They achieve this by using acid washes and other chemicals on the wood. This not only creates gray teak furniture but damages the wood and can affect the overall moisture resistance of the wood.

Why does teak turn orange?

Both plantation and 300-year-old "Old Growth" teak contain an abundance of natural oils. These oils, when exposed to oxygen will begin to oxidize. However, when exposed to the UV rays in sunlight, this process will be accelerated almost to the point that you can see the changes in real time.

Why is teak yellow?

Why Teak Changes Colour

If you have noticed your teak garden furniture starting to turn from golden brown to silvery grey, there is no need to worry about it. It is a completely natural process which is caused by the so-called weathering (exposure to sunlight and rain).

How can you tell good quality teak wood?

Identify teak wood by its leather-like smell.

Scent is a great indicator of real teak wood. Teak wood has a high amount of natural oils, which helps it resist disease. Pick up the wood and smell it. You should be able to smell the natural oils, which smell like leather.

Is teak wood expensive?

Teak is one of the costliest types of wood on the market. It is both elegant and durable.

Is teak wood warm or cool?

But usually, you'll notice that most antiques have a warm undertone, just like Cherry, Mahogany, Hickory and Teak fall in the warm category, while Ash, Poplar, driftwood and reclaimed barn wood have cool undertones. Walnut is a great neutral wood because it has no real undertones, just like whitewashed oak.

Why does teak turn black?

Black spots on the product after being exposed to the outdoor environment are a result of humidity build up in the wood and are natural mold spores. These spots can be cleaned, and should not be considered a defect. ... You must clean all teak product on a disposable plastic or thick fabric drop cloth.

Is teak high maintenance?

Teak requires very little maintenance apart from the occasional scrub. A mild solution of soapy water or a diluted mixture of Marine SimpleGreen® and water will remove accumulated dirt. This should be followed by a rinse with clean water.

How can you tell real teak?

Teak wood can be recognized by the whitish sapwood and yellowish or bronze heartwood. The grain is generally straight, although on rare occasions it may present wavy grain that is common from the one from from India. The color of teak wood varies depending on the species of the tree and where it comes from.

Is teak yellow?

The heartwood (extreme center of the log) of Teak is yellow colored but as the tree ages, it becomes darker. At times, dark colored patches are present on it. The sapwood (the outer area of the log, around the heartwood) is white to pale yellow-brown in color. It can be distinguished from heartwood easily.

Can you make teak less orange?

At your hardware store, pick up a quart of denatured alcohol. Pur about 1/2 inch of the tube of paint into 8 ounces of alcohol and stir until dissolved. Wipe the table down as if you were staining it (you are). The oranges and reds will be muted.

Is teak wood waterproof?

Teak is unique to other woods and not only is it a strong, durable hardwood, it produces its own oil and has a high wax content. It is the ideal material for outdoor furniture as the teak oil makes it waterproof and undesirable to wood-eating insects.

When should I use teak oil?

Teak oil is used for both interior and exterior wooden surfaces. It brings out the beauty of wood and also acts as a protective coating due to its UV ray resistance and its ability to prevent water stains.

Can you use orange oil on teak wood?

For Teak inside the home, Howard Orange Oil or Lemon Oil is good for monthly "oiling" of the Teak. Do not use Orange oil that contains silicone oil (Howard Products do not contain silicone oil). Feed-N-Wax also works well on natural raw Teak.

How do you prevent teak stains?

Protect Teak Furniture Teak Water and Stain Guard

Use on untreated and unsealed teak so that stain protection can adhere to the surface of the wood. If Golden Sealer has already been applied, use Clear Coat Gloss to protect against water and food stains.

Will teak turn gray?

Untreated teak will develop a silvery-gray patina over time. If you like this look, clean your furniture annually with a mixture of mild liquid detergent and a small amount of bleach dissolved in warm water. To maintain the original teak color, apply sealer.

Can teak be painted or stained?

Teak can be painted in many different colours and it's quite easy to paint.

Is Mahogany better than teak?

Teak furniture is considered more exclusive than mahogany. Mahogany, with it's coarse texture, is harder to maintain as furniture. Teak, with it's closed-pore, oily texture, is considered more water resistant, and overall more durable than mahogany.

What is natural color of teak?

Teak is a tawny golden color with dark brown and gold streaks when freshly cut. Over time, this color lightens as it dries, giving it a regal, aged look. It's this beauty and durability that makes Teak a popular choice for both interior and exterior wood furniture, flooring, paneling, trim and elsewhere.

Is teak red or brown?

Teak is usually purchased for it's consistent golden brown color to be used as boat decking or exterior trim work. These applications demand color consistency or you end up with a shoddy looking finished product.

What does natural teak wood look like?

Color/Appearance: Heartwood tends to be a golden or medium brown, with color darkening with age. Grain/Texture: Grain is straight, though it can occasionally be wavy or interlocked. Coarse, uneven texture and moderate to low natural luster.

Will teak change color inside?

The color of teak wood changes a bit over time– most people are familiar with it in its stately tawny honey-golden hue, but it starts out a bit dark and blotchy. As it decays, teak will eventually turn to a silvery-gray color.

Is teak naturally orange?

Teak is never painted, and not even routinely sealed. That leaves the wood itself open to the air – and the resulting reaction slowly covers the beautiful, buttery orange of new wood with a patina of silvery grey we associate with aged teak. Eventually the silver darkens to a dull gray, and then a dark gray-green.

What is the natural color of teak wood?

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-gray patina which distinguishes finely aged, outdoor teak.