finish on teak furniture

I am often asked about cleaning up and/or fixing blemishes on teak furniture. What is the finish on teak tabletops (veneer and/or solid) and chairs.
thanks, Len
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snipped-for-privacy@uiuc.edu wrote:

Who knows (other than the manufacturer)?
Best bet is lacquer or oil. If the finish is hard and shiny it is probably lacquer; if not, it *may* be oil. Lacquer thinner will tell you for sure...if it melts the finish then it was lacquer.
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A seal coat of shellac will allow virtually any finish of choice to be applied over it.
Interesting timing for the question; there's an article in current FWW on finishing oily woods in one of the shorter columns that's got good background information.
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