How to deal with cracks that occur in teak wood furniture?
For the category of light grade cracks, of course, it is not too difficult to do, the way is to apply putty on the surface or the part that has cracks. The putty used does not have to be a certain brand, but you can use any type of wood putty. However, if you are not familiar with putty brands, you can use the IMPR* putty brand, because that is the brand that most furniture production places use. After caulking, the next step is to smooth (sanding) using fine sandpaper (you can use sandpaper number 200). Do not put too much pressure during the smoothing process, because the purpose of smoothing is only to flatten the surface that has been putty, then cover the surface of the wood that has been putty with wood dye and adjust the previous color to the new color that will be applied, so that the color of your furniture is not streaked.
It’s different to light cracks, moderate cracks will be very difficult if you only use ordinary wood putty. Cracks at this level require a little trick, by applying alteco glue (fast-drying glue), and the trick is to combine it with fine sawdust. First, put the sawdust in the crack, then put a few drops of alteco glue on the part that has been given the sawdust, and smooth it out. Wait until it dries before going to the smoothing (sanding) stage, after that do the coloring as in the previous method.
Overcoming heavy cracks of course you can’t do it yourself, but you have to leave it to experienced experts to get maximum results. Because, if you are not an expert in the furniture, of course it will be very inconvenient and maybe instead of being good, the shape is even more erratic.
Overcoming the light and medium category cracks that have been described above, if you want to get maximum results, you can apply the melamic (melamine) in the last step. It is for anti-scratch and make the results look more natural and more evenly blended with the original color.
The method mentioned above, of course, also applies to various other types of wood, not just teak.