Fixing a Teak Chair with Bondo


When my Dad moved out of his house and put everything in storage, I begged for this Teak chair I remember as a child. It had big arms, and was cozy to curl up in. I’m a bit bigger now, and curling up in this chair isn’t quite as cozy, but nostalgia kicked in and I had to have it. He warned me it was broken, and I instantly told him I could fix it. Two years later, I decided to do something about it. I read an article a while back about a guy that fixed part of the outside of his house that had been infested with termites using Bondo. Bondo is a 2 part, epoxy / putty like substance sold to fix major dings and dents in cars, and dries rock solid. I thought it was worth a shot on this great chair. You may remember this chair from an article I did on coconut oil improving the appearance of wood.

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My chair. It has some great bones, but was missing all the good stuff. No cushion, and two of the back supports were popped out of the back, which was broken.

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I attempted to put a screw in the back, which may not have been the best idea.

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So, Bondo. It’s a 2 part deal, with a small tube of red stuff and a quart can of gray putty. It’s hard to mix, so read the instructions very well before using. Mix it fast and use it fast, because it becomes rock solid within a matter of 4 minutes and then you can’t use it. I had to mix, spread on, sand,wait 20 minutes, mix, spread on… 3 times to get desired results. You can see my butter knife marks. Ha.

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I applied and sanded each time, trying to avoid sanding the chair too often.

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The Bondo looks angry.

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For the last round of Bondo, I grabbed bits and smooshed it into the chair, making sure to stick out farther than the chair, so I could sand it flat with the back of the chair.

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Not perfect, but better! It’s so strong. Within 20 minutes I was able to sand and paint it.

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This was my attempt to see how well Minwax stain took to the Bondo, which was like concrete. It didn’t stain well, so I decided to just paint it.

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I put a coat of something close to wood colored paint on the chair, but it still wasn’t perfect.

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I cut little wood grain notches in the chair so I could stain over the paint.

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This is where I ended up. It’s not perfect, the color is a little off, and I may keep playing with it, but it’s still WAY better than it was. The Bondo is super strong, and holding the wood in place!

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I got this cushion off of a curb sofa, and meant to use the foam for the seat cover. I took off the ugly sofa cushion and sanitized the cushion.

DISCLAIMER: And no that’s not grimy-grime on the foam. I pulled a brown seat cover off of it and some of the fabric particles were left behind. And the sofa had JUST been put on the curb. I have a rule when I furniture pick, no fabric, no particle board. And since all I was using was the insert, I deemed it ok to take.

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I chose a great canvas fabric from Hancock Fabrics. Only $5 a yard!

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I sewed a little box cushion with a zipper in back for easy on and off. The zipper was only $1 from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.

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The cushion fits perfectly without me having to cut any sides off!

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My finished chair! I’m so happy to have fixed this chair I remember sitting in as a kid. It’s something I plan to always have. While I was at it with the Bondo, I fixed a doorknob plate with a loose screw. I took the plate out of the jamb, filled the hole, and put the plate back on. The screw went right into the Bondo, no chipping or cracking.

Happy Bondo-ing!

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3 thoughts on “Fixing a Teak Chair with Bondo

    • I grabbed the cushion from a sofa the day i saw it on the curb. It was never rained on. I also removed the cover and made sure it wasclean. I also sprayed it with disenfecting spray and home made febreeze to kill bacteria. I worry about bugs too but I felt safe here. I have a rule about curb finds otherwise, no fabrics because of germs!

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