A year ago I decided to treat my exterior wood with a product called teakguard. At the time I could not find information from people that had used it for more than a year. So, for anyone else looking for the same information I was: here are my observations with the product one year after initally applying. I post with caution as I know teak
is a sensitive subject and I am not trying to convert anyone out there.
The initial treatment:
the wood, I applied two coats on the first day. It is a waterbased polymer product that has the consistancy of chocolate milk, doesn't have any odor
, and is not sticky. It dries within 10 min. and does not need taping off. The next day I used bronze wool on the wood and put on four more coats. I didn't touch it again for a year. (Plenty of other projects kept me more than busy)
One year later:
The finish still looked good but had just started to get thin all over and had worn through in a few high traffic areas. In those areas I chose to reclean with teak
cleaner as it was just starting to turn grey/black. (The product can be removed with teak cleaner or laquer thinner pretty easily). Also, the directions say that even though mold
can not grow on the teak guard, it can grow under it if it is applied to unclean teak. On the areas that were still in good condition I just added a few coats after washing
with joy soap as per the directions.
I will put on a maintenance
coat or two in 6 months so that I will not have to worry about it becoming too thin and having to clean any of the wood again.
Before and After photos (last year):