Teak oil for outdoor furniture

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I've some brand new teak outside furniture for the patio and I'd like to get it oiled ASAP.

Is all teak oil created equal or are there some stand out products to recommend? It's not cheap furniture so I want to make sure I look after it properly.

I was advised to use a brush the first application to get into all the crevices and then just a cloth in future... Is this good advice?
 
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Whilst a brush can apply more oil quicker, a cloth can achieve the same thing. It's not that important which you use. When you put the oil on the surface it soaks in regardless and you spread it about until it does not soak in any further and stays on the surface ready to be wiped off.

The thing with oils and furniture is that the coating can degrade relatively quickly - particularly on the horizontal surfaces. Most people assume a one or two/three year recoat cycle, but you may well need to apply two coats a year and then still cover the furniture in winter.
 
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I'd always seen people apply oil very lightly with a cloth but that was probably linseed - on tool handles etc. The treatex stuff specifically mentions you should apply it much more liberally but I'm not sure if it's a different type of product. And teak is seemingly a bit different to most other woods - any specific recommendations on what product you'd buy @^woody^ ?
I think we will need to invest in covers since it's a semi-wooded spot and prone to moss/lichen over the winter. Just yesterday afternoon 2 birds already **** on it which is really not what I want before getting it treated!
 
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Teak is a tight grained and oily wood, and my understanding is that teak oil is designed to dry quicker than other oils on this type of wood, but you don't need teak oil for teak and can use any other oil.

All oils should really be applied sparingly as once the oil soaks in it just then sits on the surface and so you tend to get a lot just sitting there - which you then wipe up with a rag and effectively waste.

What is not commonly stated is that oil gives very little UV protection as it does not form a deep enough surface coating - hence the need to frequently reapply it. It may be better to look at more modern products from the likes of Omso or some other premium specialist manufacturers (but avoid a wholly surface stain/varnish). Otherwise you may be committing to the more frequent maintenance coats of teak oil.

TBH, if you are set on teak oil, I suspect any branded product will do - despite some slight differences in the make-up, as they will all have similar life and performance.
 
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As above, teak will turn silver in time unless the oil has UV inhibitors. AFAIK, teak oil doesn't have those inhibitors.

I did see an exterior table that a customer made last week. It is iroko rather than teak but he used the OSMO decking oil. I have no idea it it has UV inhibitors though. Perhaps you could email Osmo and see what they recommend.
 
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Perhaps a stupid question but is it normal to treat the underside of benches and tables, or just the bits you can see?
 

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