How to apply Teak Oil

How to apply Teak Oil, an easy guide:

Bestwood finest qualityTeak Oil will nourish and protect Teak and other oily hardwoods.  Below is our straightforward guide for how to apply Teak Oil. We hope this is useful!

part oiled teak bench

Surface preparation.

Getting the most out of Teak Oil, both for appearance and performance, starts with surface preparation.

For new teak and oily hardwoods, wipe over with white spirit and allow to dry before applying teak oil. This will ensure an even finish when oiling.

Take care with weathered exterior surfaces before oiling to make sure they are free of dirt, dust mould and algae etc. A teak cleaner can help with this.

Sand back aged or grey timber to clean ‘bright’ wood to remove layers of cells  damaged through weathering. Make good or replace wood with signs of failure through rot or severe weather damage.

Remove any existing paint or varnish by sanding back to bare wood. Carry out a test area on previously oiled or treated areas to check compatibility.

Remove any dust from sanding by thoroughly hoovering or wiping over with a cloth soaked in white spirit.

Teak Oil is naturally water resistant, but it is not completely waterproof and should not be used on wood that is immersed in water or continuously wet.

Application, the first coat.

Apply Teak Wood Oil using a good quality brush or a lint free cloth. We recommend a cloth as it’s easier to ‘spread’ the oil and avoid over application. Bestwood Teak Wood Oil is much higher in solids than some other products and does not need heavy application to do its job. Apply the oil evenly, and work the first coat into the wood with a cloth in a figure of eight pattern. Finish in the direction of the grain.

teak oil on a cloth

Work well into joints. A small paintbrush or artists brush can often help here in awkward areas with the application and removal of excess oil. Pay particular attention to top and bottom areas, the undersides of cills, horizontal surfaces, exposed endgrain, and to any other areas where water is likely to be absorbed or enter through capillary action.

After 20  to 30 minutes use a clean lint-free cloth to wipe off any excess oil from the surface of the wood. This will avoid any tacky or gummy build up.

Applying Teak oil to the underside of a bench

Application, coats 2 and 3.

After the first coat has dried overnight, if there is any grain raising, lightly sand with a 150 grit paper or similar. Finish in the direction of the grain.

After the first coat, the wood will be less absorbant, so the oil should be applied lightly. 2-3 thin coats will give a better finish than 1-2 thicker ones. Allow overnight drying between coats.

All excess oil on the surface of the wood should be wiped off 20-30 minutes after application of each coat. This avoids any tacky or gummy build up.

Exposed locations, end grain, and areas close to the ground may need extra coats to make sure the wood is thoroughly protected by the oil. Wood should be sited or designed to ‘shed’ standing water wherever possible.

Using a small brush on hard to reach areas
Using a small brush on joints and hard to reach areas

To avoid water spotting or surface ‘bloom’, and for best performance,  do not apply during damp or cold weather. Keep oiled wood free of condensation or rain for at least 48 hours after application.

Please always apply a small trial area to make sure you get the results you want.

Dog and teak oiled bench


Reapplying Teak Wood Oil regularly, one or two coats, once or twice a year (more often in exposed locations), will give the best performance,  preventing the wood from drying out and maintaining maximum protection.

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