I buld custom wood pieces ranging from wavy flags, to desks, etc. I have recently converted to using this Teak Oil before applying polyurethane and it has really made my work stand out !!! I like it because it is easy to apply and really brings out the wood grain !!
Watco is the only brand of Teak Oil that I found, that stipulates that the final finish is "matt" on the front of the can and in the web descriptions. Minwax doesn't mention the final appearance at all until you read the fine print on the back of the can, where it finally tells you it is High Gloss, which is appropriate in a marine application but not for patio furniture. Matt is appropriate for furniture.
Out of the can, there is a very very slight translucent brownish tint, but it goes on completely clear. Directions say you can use a hand held pump up garden sprayer. Because of the huge number of slats on 8 chairs and a 10' table, I found that the sprayer wasted way too much oil. You will have to brush it around anyway, so why use the sprayer? I enjoyed great success by using a combination of a paint brush, a stack of microfiber cloths (for both application and lint-free drying), and a pair of rubber gloves.
Just as wood gets darker when you wet it, the wood does become a little darker initially, as seen in the before/after photo. The beauty of the teak grain becomes more pronounced, and the wood takes on a much warmer and richer appearance. It does not change colors as it would with a stain.
Just follow the application direction on the can and you will end up with a beautiful highly durable finish.
After several years of allowing our 12-pieces of teak furniture to weather naturally, my wife felt I needed a project during the COVID-19 shutdown. So, I embarked on refinishing all of our teak furniture and chose the Watco Teak Oil to use for the job. I used a Black & Decker orbital sander to sand every piece of furniture, which included folding chairs, recliners, small & large tables. Brushing on the Watco Teak Oil became a time-consuming effort and there were many areas difficult to reach, even with a brush. So, I decided to use a hand-spray bottle to apply the initial coat, brush it on, let it absorb overnight, then apply a second coat. This worked really great and the teak oil did a fabulous job of enhancing the teak grain. The only issue was, even with a manual sprayer, the spray went everywhere. I did this in my garage, moved the cars out, laid down drop-cloths, the whole bit. The over-spray still went everywhere. So, if you have a lot of furniture to do and want to cut the application time down, spraying does work, but use a mask and cover EVERYTHING! Overall, I was extremely happy with the results using Watco Teak Oil!
Used it to restore the finish on a 100 year old foot stool, that one of my uncles made as a young boy. I added iron oxide to it, to match the original color. The iron oxide powder mixed in easily with the Watco Teak Oil.
I have some teak patio furniture on my deck which I treat regularly with this product. It goes on easily and builds a lasting natural finish. I am also a lathe wood turner hobbyist and use teak oil as a sealer/finisher on my bowls. It's great stuff and doesn't contain petroleum, so the bowls can be used with food. The knitting bowl (pictured) which I made for my Mother is naturally finished with Watco teak oil.
I use this product on my double entry front door every year. My door looks great all year long with the Texas hot sun beating down on it. My door gives that welcome feeling to any guest while many neighbors continue to listen to their handy man to sand, varnish and cover with poly urethane. Their doors finish cracks within the first year and the trim work is breaking away from the main door making the door very dry. All I can say if you spend $$$ or $$$$$ for a door then don't give up the natural wood finish. One quart of WATCO Teak oil is very inexpensive compare to the sanding, varnishing and putting poly urethane on natural wood. Just check out my photo!