How to Stain Patio Furniture
Wooden patio furniture can be stained with any type of wood stain available at your local hardware store. Surface preparation is the key to a successful finish, so a clean and smooth surface is essential. Since most pieces of patio furniture have already been stained to withstand the rigors of outdoor use, in virtually all instances you will just be restaining the wood. That makes staining your wooden patio furniture a perfect do-it-yourself project for anyone with even a little experience.
Patio furniture staining tips
Clean the patio furniture to be stained. Scrub the furniture with a deck cleaner and a scrub brush to give the piece a deep-down cleaning. Deck cleaner comes in either a mixable-with-water formula, which can be mixed in a bucket, or ready to use. Use whichever works best for your situation. Rinse the furniture with a hose and fresh water, and allow it to dry completely.
Sand the patio furniture with a fine-grit sandpaper of 200-grit or finer. This will remove any bumps, nicks, dings and impurities that have formed in the wood. It will also smooth the wood out and allow the stain to soak deeply into the wood’s pores. Wipe the sanded wood with a damp cotton rag.
Shake the can of stain thoroughly and open the lid with a screwdriver or a dedicated paint-can opener, available at any hardware store. Dip the brush into the can of stain and, working in sections from the top down for best results, apply the stain to the furniture. Immediately after each section is brushed with the stain, wipe the stain off with a cotton rag. Remember that the longer the stain sits on the surface, the darker the color will be. For a perfectly matched color, it needs to be wiped off promptly.
Allow the piece to dry completely. Pour water sealer into a shallow pan after shaking the can, and then brush it onto the stained patio furniture. Allow the sealer to soak in and do not wipe it off. When the sealer has dried, the patio furniture is ready to be used.
If you want to change the color of your patio furniture, you will need to strip off the old stain with a stripping compound.
Large gashes and chips in the wood can first be repaired before any staining is begun with a wood filler that accepts the color of the stain. Such products are available at hardware stores.