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Re: Help! Refinishing Interior Teak
Since you're doing it at home, I'd recommend REAL hand rubbed varnish. I did mine at home the following way - first coats of thinned gloss varnish then 3 or 4 coats of full strength, block sanding between the last couple with 220. After achieving a good matte 220 finish I went to 400 wet then 600 wet after which I rubbed it out with fine, hand applied automotive rubbing compound.
Lots of work but it came out gorgeous - a soft gloss, much nicer than the "rubbed effect" varnish but much softer than full gloss.
I regard those "rubbed effect" finishes the same way George Carlin did about chocolate food & drink advertizing.
"What does 'rich, chocolatey flavour mean?' - 'no f**king chocolate'".
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.