Below is the detailed history in pictures of (4) British Gardens C-grade folding chairs
and a standard oiled teak hexagon table.
As discussed in the product's description, the oil on the table is rather light and not applied in a generous fashion. Therefore, it is expected that the oil will dissipate quickly from the pores of the teak.
In these picture we also expect to see the greying of a c-grade teak item
from its sharp 'hickory-like' appearance.
Here are the conditions of this example:
The table and chairs are in a residential backyard.
There is no patio cover.
The table and chairs are outside 365 days a year/24 hours a day.
The backyard is partly shaded by several large trees and huge shrubs.
Updates will be posted periodically - hopefully around each season.
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7 months outdoors
The chairs are already starting to mist to a lighter more neutral grey. The sharp color in the sap wood (white color) is becoming less noticeable (in the chair).
The teak table has already started removing the light coat of teak oil.
Obviously, an ICE STORM.
Yet, notice the fact the chair and table are completely covered with ice (about 3/8"-1/2" thick).
The tabletop has about 1.5" of ice at the center.
In February, we used one of the chairs to highlight the strength
in an upcoming advertisement/banner.
Yes, this is one of the ice-storm chairs.
The tabletop continues to remove the oil as it starts to turn grey. Remember, this chair is the standard Shelia c-grade folding chair aged a little over a year.
4 years later.....
This is the same set that was placed outside in spring 2008. The chairs have never been cleaned, but the tabletop has been wiped down several times. The table and chairs have remained outside and uncovered for the entire duration.
The table was recently cleaned with Simply Green (not diluted) and wiped with a 3m green kitchen pad. In the picture you can see the brown wood coming through the grey. If we continued to clean with some elbow grease or used a palm sander, the table would return to a light brown color (see final picture below).
The chairs look a little less desirable, but have never been cleaned. Watch for our next update as we completely transform a chair to a 'silver beauty'.
|Next update will be summer 2012|
The same table aged 7 years outdoors
The table sat in the same position and backyard as the example above. There was a new table and chairs replaced in 2008 so this table could be shown to customers visiting the store.
This table has not cracked or splintered........and with relative ease,
the teak is cleaned or sanded to a light medium wood color.
The white stickers on the table highlight this information for store customers.