Paint or Stain Wood Patio Furniture

Your outdoor furniture receives the worst of Mother Nature’s extremes. Over time, it can begin to look worn from the weather. There’s no need to replace what isn’t broken. You can refinish your outdoor furniture with paint or stain and make it look new again.

Supplies

  • Drop Cloth
  • Paint Scraper
  • Chemical stripping agent
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paint brush
  • Easy Care Ultra Premium Exterior Paint
  • Cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Sanding pad
  • Dust mask or respirator
  • Woodsman Natural UV Wood Sealer & Protector
  • Belt sander

Your outdoor furniture receives the worst of Mother Nature’s extremes. Over time, it can begin to look worn from the weather. There’s no need to replace what isn’t broken. You can refinish your outdoor furniture with paint or stain and make it look new again.

Wood furniture is usually the first to show signs of wear and tear. You can refresh it with some sanding and a new finish. Here’s how:

 

Step 1: Strip Old Finish

Refinish wood furniture
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Remove any existing paint or stain by stripping it away. Choose an outdoor workspace or a well-ventilated one, such as your open garage. If your furniture is on a back patio, work there. Just take the time to cover the patio or floor surface with drop cloths to protect against drips and stains. Secure the drop cloths with painter’s tape.

Remove loose paint or finish with a paint scraper. To remove finishes quickly from larger pieces of furniture, use a belt sander. Take care not to damage your furniture by sanding too deeply. Sand carefully by hand around decoratively curved areas with a fine-grit sanding sponge.

You can also use a chemical stripping agent. Using a medium-sized paintbrush, apply the remover evenly over the surface. Let it soak 20 to 30 minutes but don’t allow it to dry. Remove the old finish using a plastic scraper or a smooth, round-edged putty knife. The surface may be soft, so be careful not to damage it with the scraper. Allow the piece to dry completely.

Safety Alert: 

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and wear rubber gloves and protective goggles when using strong chemicals.

Never strip furniture near an open flame, as stripping chemicals can ignite.

 

Step 2: Sand It

Remember, the more thorough you are during the stripping process, the less you’ll need to sand. Start with medium/low-grit sandpaper to clean off any finish that remains, and smooth out imperfections in the wood. Smooth the whole piece down with medium-grit sandpaper. Be sure to carefully sand in the direction of the wood grain as any swirl marks caused by sanding will stand out when you stain.

 

Step 3: Paint or Stain It

If you’re painting your furniture, apply True Value® EasyCare® Ultra Premium Primer/Sealer. Allow the primer to dry for up to two hours, or as long as recommended by the instructions. Feel the surface for any rough spots and sand lightly if necessary. Apply a second coat. Let the primer dry for 12 to 24 hours.

Next, apply a coat of True Value EasyCare Ultra Premium Exterior Paint with a quality paintbrush. Brush it on with even strokes in the direction of the wood grain. You can also use EasyCare Premium Decor Spray Enamel. If you use spray paint, go slowly, holding the can about 12″ from the furniture surface. When using spray paint, apply the second coat within one hour or after 24 hours. Let the second coat dry overnight.

If you’re going to stain the furniture, note the differences: Oil-based stains penetrate into the wood without raising the grain, but carry a strong odor. Water-based stains are more environmentally friendly and offer easy cleanup using soap and water. (Never use deck stain on furniture.) Apply a thin, even coat of wood stain with a cloth or medium-sized paintbrush and allow it to penetrate into the wood. Coat once for a light stain or apply additional coats to create a darker color. Lightly sand between coats with fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe off excess stain with a clean cloth and allow the piece to dry completely.

 

Helpful Tip:

If you use water-based stains, minimize raising the grain by moistening the wood with a damp cloth and sanding. Allow the wood to dry completely and sand lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. Repeat as necessary. Apply Woodsman® Natural UV Wood Sealer & Protector to seal the new stain finish. Apply the sealer using a cloth or with a small- to medium-sized paintbrush in smooth, even strokes along the direction of the grain. Hold the brush vertically while applying. Overlap brush strokes when moving on to the next area. Start at a corner and work the sealer in gradually in a consistent pattern to avoid bare spots. Let it dry completely (this usually takes a couple of hours). You may want to add a couple of coats. In between coats (once the previous coat has dried), lightly sand the surface with fine-grit sandpaper. Use a cloth to wipe the piece down or use a brush to remove any residue and debris from sanding. Apply the next coat and let it dry.

 

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