Do you have an old wooden set of patio furniture that is weathered and run down? You may be thinking it is time to trash them and get a new set. However, don’t give up on them just yet! If the furniture is structurally sound and only requires minor repair then you can revive the furniture and make it look new once again. L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc will share how you can reclaim old wooden furniture and restore it to look like new.
Steps for Refinishing Old Wooden Garden Furniture
Step 1. Removing the Old Finish: Removing the old finish on weather wood is relatively easy in most cases. The outdoor elements have done most of the work for you over time. Whether the original finish is stained or painted you will need to remove the finish with the aid of some stripper. In some cases the wood is weathered so bad that all you need to do is use a pressure washer and wash the finish right off. If you need to use the stripper, make sure to wear eye protection, gloves, a long sleeved shirt and pants. Let the stripper set on the furniture for the recommended amount of time and then get to sanding. If you used a pressure washer let the piece of furniture dry completely and then sand the wood. Make sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain. You may need a lower grit of sand paper to remove any stain or paint that is left. At the same time, remove any imperfections in the wood. Go over the wood again with a finer grain sandpaper for a smoother finish. Take your time sanding the wood as this is the most important part of refinishing wooden furniture.
Step 2. Applying the New Finish: Decide whether you want to stain or paint the wood. If you stain make sure to follow up with a clear outdoor sealer to protect the wood longer. If you choose to paint the furniture, use a primer, paint combo exterior paint. If you choose to paint, it is recommended you use a good quality set of paintbrushes. Get various sizes to help reach the tighter areas. For those who want to stain you can use either a paintbrush or another alternative that works well with stain such as foam brushes. They too come in various sizes. However, your best tool for staining is a cloth. After you finish staining each section of the wood use the cloth to help make the stain look even and cleaner. The cloth is great to prevent darker strike lines when staining and helps make the stain look even. When painting or staining make sure you go with the grain of the wood.
Step 3. Protecting While it Dries: As the furniture dries you will want it in a protective area. Placing them inside a garage, work shed or under a covered patio is recommended. Each product for painting and staining varies in dry time. Make sure you provide the furniture plenty of time to dry before it is brought back outside in the elements or is used.
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If you’re looking for a good weekend project then consider reviving your old wooden outdoor furniture instead of throwing them away. If you want to keep your wood furniture, but don’t have the time or experience in refinishing wooden furniture, then contact L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. We provide wooden furniture refinishing services.