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    Is TeakDoor the right place to ask about teak doors?

    Me and Mrs benbaaa are having our bathrooms done. The tiles, the sinks, the ceiling, the lights, the mirrors, the shower fittings, the extractor fans and just about everything else.

    But we've just found out that our plans for replacing the old crappy plywood doors with uPVC bathroom doors is doomed to failure because the door openings in our bathrooms are non-standard size, and we don't want to go knocking bricks and lintels out. uPVC doors come 2m tall or 1.8m tall and nothing in between, but we need 1.915m for one and 1.96m for the other.

    So we've found a nice local supplier of teak and hardwood doors who will make us a couple of nice louvred solid wood doors the right size. The new hardwood doors should be delivered next week, but they'll be untreated. Since these are bathroom doors, we want to know how to treat them to prevent warping or swelling due to the high humidity in the bathrooms.

    Specifically, what are the best products to treat these doors with? We need brands and exact decriptions of good products commonly available from HomePro, HomeMart or Home Sukkapan.

    The design we've picked is something like this, except only the lower panel is louvered.



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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa
    Me and Mrs benbaaa
    Account obviously hacked, the real Mr Benbaaa would have said "Mrs benbaaa and I".

    With a reasonable size bathroom and louvre doors they shouldn't be that humid, my bathroom door is just a hard wood door, been up for 5 years, gets splashed by the shower several times a day and no damage so far, used exterior urethane on it, its tiny and damn humid in there.

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    Trust me, I have several teak doors and never had a problem with moisture or humidity. Keep in mind these are 100% teak doors. Lot of fakes out there.

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    Those uPVC doors look a bit cheap. Wood looks much nicer and teak is widely used on yachts inside and out.

    I like the door it has that nautical appeal: if the price is good go for it.

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    TOA Brand available throughout Thailand.

    They have wood preservative, stain and polyurethane products.

    If the wood the doors are made of is not properly dried, you will get some warpage no matter how you treat the wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa
    Is TeakDoor the right place to ask about teak doors?
    No. Fuck off and drink some beer.

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    Phrae is a really good place to buy teak doors. Loads of shops on the main road in town and cheap. Maybe a long way from you...Teak can get wet with no preserving done to it without problems forever. Thats why they use it for boat decks. Does discolour though.
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    ^what he said - I like the grey(ish) patina of aged teak.

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    A good coat of white dulux gloss paint and those doors will last forever and look great

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    A good coat of white dulux gloss paint and those doors will last forever and look great
    Right! That's it! You're banned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    A good coat of white dulux gloss paint and those doors will last forever and look great
    Right! That's it! You're banned!
    Wos it 'cos it was white??

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    No, painting teak is sacrilege.

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    A good coat of white dulux gloss paint and those doors will last forever and look great
    Hang him high!

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    ermmm, brown gloss dulux then?

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    BB try and make sure the doors are made from properly aged or "old" teak. THe majority of the doors I see made local to CM are made of green wood. These doors will shape shift and even crack even if you are an uncouth heathen and apply several coats of brown, white or even teak colored paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    brown gloss dulux then?
    Color change won't help. Twas the gloss bit that was banable.

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    I don't want paint, I want something that will allow the natural colours of the doors to show, but will also provide some kind of decent barrier to moisture.

    I'm not sure they're gonna be teak, they might be another variety of hardwood. The price is 2,700B each, which would be cheap for teak, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa
    The price is 2,700B each, which would be cheap for teak, right?
    There is teak and then there's teak. Prices vary depending on quality.


    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa
    I want something that will allow the natural colours of the doors to show
    As I mentioned previously TOA brand has what you want. HomePro will have.

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    ^ Thanks, Norts. So TOA wood preservative is what I need, right?

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    Think so. Click on the door next to the carport.

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    Thank you.

    Forgive the stupid questions, I know less about treating wood than I do about almost anything else.

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    If you are going to do the door finish yourself it's really quite simple. Follow the direction on the can. Make sure the doors are free of rough bits by sanding. Apply the preservative as directed. Next the polyurethane finish. I believe TOA has a matte and a gloss finish. I prefer the matte but your choice. The retailer you buy from should have samples of each finish.

    As others have suggested, if the doors are a quality teak you may want to do nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    if the doors are a quality teak
    The only way I'd know if they were quality teak would be if they had Quality Teak running all the way through them like Blackpool rock.


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    At 2700 baht each use the TOA products!

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    Gotcha.

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