Can a Teak Deck Table Be Stained or Painted?

Teak's durability makes it an ideal choice for an outdoor table. Teak does change color and texture over time, however. If you don't want the weathered look, there are ways to give your table new life.

Teak Basics

Teak is a high-density, exceptionally durable wood. It's also naturally weather resistant, mainly due to its high oil content. When new, it's light to dark golden-brown color. With age, it changes to silvery gray.


Painting is not recommended for teak. Because of the wood's high oil content, paint doesn't adhere well and can damage the wood's surface.


Staining with an oil-based stain is the best way to change the color of your teak table. The stain needs to be reapplied every one to two years.

Staining Unfinished Teak

If your table has weathered to a silver gray, it has probably never been finished. You must wash and sand it carefully and evenly before you stain it.

Staining Finished Teak

If your table is older but still has a golden color, it was likely finished at some point. To refinish it, strip the old finish, scrape the finish residue and sand the wood. Then apply the stain.

Natural Look

To restore your table's natural color, wash it thoroughly, sand it, and apply a teak oil or a linseed oil finish.

Jessica Martinez

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