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matching new teak to old teak2/5
I would like to know how to best make new teak look like old teak, that is, I've got a new teak cabinet that I've built sitting between teak cabinets that have been in place for many years (with an oil finish). The new is golden brown and the old is orangey. Is stain the only way? Is there a dye? How long does it take for it to change naturally and is there a way to accellerate the process?
I have built lots of things out of teak. The best thing to do is oil it and let it take it's course.You could buy UV lights and help the process along but if you use an orange toned stain to try to match the color now, then over time it will become too orange as the patina develops and then it will look worse.
That transformation is part of the allure of teak, just sit back and enjoy it.
I built some unfinished office units for an architect. He had a finisher apply a custom stain mix, then let it sit in the direct sunlight for a week. It gave him the color he preferred. That would be the only way to accelerate the color change in the teak. You should also consider that modern plantation teak is not like old growth. It will likely never match.
Whatever you do to match the aging NOW will change with time and the colors will likely never match. The beauty of teak is in the wood. Do beautiful woodwork and eventually the colors will catch up, somewhat. Anything else is likely a waste of time and down the road, you may regret it.
I would not describe teak(forest or plantation) as orange. Unless somone coated it with Sikkens.
It will certainly have an orange, or amber tone to it if you oil it and let it age. The raw wood when sanded has a bit of a green hue, then when freshly oiled it is brownish and as it ages the amber tones come out. The fist picture is raw teak, th second the first day it was oiled and the third about a month later but in the third picture the cabinet on the far right was much older and the tone is certainly shifted towards orange and after a few years the other cabinets matched it very well.
The aging reaction is an oxidation reaction. So, putting an oxidizer on the wood, like like liquid ammonia cleaners that you can buy in the store, will darken or age the wood. Also, steaming or heating the green wood before drying will also do that. Such aging to change color is done with walnut, beech and cherry oftentimes.