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Where & How to Find Old Teak

You’re probably wondering why the focus on teak, when reclaimed timber of any kind is so hot right now, and it’s because teak is a durable, beautiful wood that doesn’t lose either quality as it ages – even if you leave it untreated or outside.</br></br>In fact, one could argue teak just keeps getting more and more gorgeous, which is why you rarely see it sitting curbside when the weekend estate sale signs go up. Plus, it’s not exactly cheap, so there’s that to consider as well.</br></br>Now, where can you find it out in the wild?</br></br><strong>1. Hidden underneath paint.  </strong></br></br>Some people paint teak. It’s not a crime, exactly. There are a lot of reasons why someone might want to paint teak, but it’s always hard to say whether the cost is worth the benefit.</br></br>Regardless, you can always sand it off. The trick is knowing the teak is under there in the first place, and to find out you’ll usually have to rely on the seller.</br></br>Just remember to pocket a swatch of sandpaper before you go teak hunting.</br></br><strong>2. Swaddled in upholstery.</strong></br></br>People also upholster teak, which can actually turn out quite nice, but it may act as camouflage to the unassuming eye that expects all teak to look like slat-backed deck furniture.</br></br>Why fully upholster teak? It happens sometimes with fancy outdoor furniture that feature teak frames. Be sure to ask any time you encounter upholstered items that have a weathered look.</br></br><strong>3. Abandoned in salvage yards.   </strong></br></br>Teak and seagoing vessels go together like peanut butter and jelly, and if you’re lucky you can find discarded teak at the salvage yard.</br></br>You have to be Johnny (or Janey) on the spot, because there are plenty of people who are in on this trick, but now you’re one of them.</br></br><strong>4. Disguised by weathering.</strong></br></br>One of teak’s most valued attributes is its durability; its natural chemistry repels bugs, bad weather and even fungal rot. But, over time, even the best boxers start to show their scars.</br></br>The same is true of teak. New (and treated teak) maintain a beautiful golden luster, but old and weathered teak can turn brown, gray or even bluish in color.</br></br>It’s not a bad thing, though, as far as quality goes, and if you can handle a little character in your teak you’ll have a lot more chances to reclaim it.
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