The marine environment destroys everything here in Margaritaville. Hardware, doorbells, pruning shears left out for a mere couple of days. The previous owners here at my new place left a high end stainless steel barbecue on my patio that looked like this.
After 5 years year, and only a couple of previous treatments, the furniture looked like it needed to be sanded as well as oiled due to my neglect and a winter that gave us a lot of rain, so I called a professional teak restoration company. Hahahahaha. After a couple days of negotiations, I got the price down to 800 and something dollars. Hahahahaha.
With the help of a friend, a brand new orbital sander, and about 40 bucks worth of sandpaper, this is how things are going:
We disassembled the chairs so we could do a really good job. Left to right: the weather beaten, the sanded clean, and the re-oiled
A stack of freshly oiled pieces in the morning light.
The dramatic before and after.
All but one chair is reassembled. Despite my careful note taking, it turns out that not every chair was assembled with the exact same hardware...there will be a trip to the hardware store today, and some improvising. Stay tuned for pictures of the table.