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Old 22nd Nov 2020, 3:57 pm   #1
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Default Teak cabinet advice

I have a nicely little (I assume home made) teak or teak veneer cabinet for my Garrard AT60.

Itís seen better days, some nasty scratches on the front, and generally quite dried out in various places.

Iím not looking to work miracles, just tidy it up a bit. Is teak oil better than danish oil for this? And is the typical DIY store teak oil, as sold for outdoor furniture ok to use?

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Old 22nd Nov 2020, 4:22 pm   #2
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It all depends on whether the finish is 'raw', untreated teak or if it has some kind of finish on it albeit thin. If it's the former then teak oil should do the job, if it's the latter, then Danish oil as that will deposit a finish. Ideally a few photos would help to offer advice.

Also consider scratch cover polish, it works very well on older, scratched cabinets.
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Old 22nd Nov 2020, 5:15 pm   #3
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Sorry forget to add the pictures.

It seems to have little to no finish on it. When I wiped it down with white spirit to clean it, it temporarily looked better which suggests an oil based finish would improve it. But I guess it will also darken it a tad too.

It’s not a bad little cabinet, but unfortunately the lid doesn’t close properly when the auto spindle is on it. Almost like the measurements didn’t account for the decks spring loading. Given they came with single play spindles too, maybe it was accepted you take it out when finished
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Old 22nd Nov 2020, 5:23 pm   #4
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I would use 'light' (colour) scratch cover polish on that. It's a mix of oils and dyes. Lots of brands.
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Old 22nd Nov 2020, 8:57 pm   #5
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Thanks Steve, sounds good. Iím after minimal effort, maximum results on this .
Iíve spent a few entire days on the deck itself!

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Old 23rd Nov 2020, 8:50 am   #6
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Thanks Steve, sounds good. Iím after minimal effort, maximum results on this .
Iíve spent a few entire days on the deck itself!

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You will be amazed at how those scratches 'disapear'!
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Old 23rd Nov 2020, 1:01 pm   #7
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I've had success repairing speaker cabinets using an older Colron product (the 'Furniture Care Kit'), no longer available, but their site does still list the full range of their products, as well as several useful 'How to' guides explaining their use.

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Old 26th Nov 2020, 11:34 am   #8
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Just thought I'd share the results. Pic 1 is a before picture of course.

I used Rustins "scratch cover - light". Yellowy looking stuff in a small glass bottle.

Initially the dark scratches showed up much darker (2nd pic), and I thought this was as good as it would get. Which was still an improvement, in fairness.

But after its completely dried, they have blended in FAR better. I was pretty amazed when I saw it later (pic 3)

Now, you can do several treatments of this stuff for deep scratches apparently to get the colour right, but so far this is all from ONE go, which took only 40 seconds to apply. I think with a 2nd it might look even better.

In areas not pictured, light scratches have disappeared entirely

Pretty amazing if you ask me! A great ratio of effort to result, which is what I wanted

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Great result Adam, well done.
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Old 26th Nov 2020, 1:49 pm   #10
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The best is 20% effort 80% finish, I have yet to find a really quick way of finishing damaged wood. You have done quite well BTW (sticks solution in memory).
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