I bought this desk last fall, in my garage since, as I have been intimidated to refinish. Now is time to tackle, any advise appreciated on how to treat these desks:
- It has surface dirt, how best to clean - mineral spirits, Murphy's Oil soap, oils (teak, lemon, mineral) or other? Scotch Brite pads or steel wool?
- How to prepare for finish after cleaning? Any sanding or stripping for even application/soaking of finish?
- What is recommended finish on these desks? What is the original finish? There is a slight sheen and surface hardness on mine, but I don't believe it's ever been refinished. Did the Danes use varnish or even lacquer on teak? I understand that teak oil alone is best finish for teak.
- Lastly, there are some deep scratches on a drawer. Should I try the moist towel and iron method, or courting disaster?
Any other advice appreciated, this is a really nice piece, thx!