Teak is a popular wood used for outdoor furniture because it is durable, resistant to weather, and has a natural resistance to pests and insects. Over time, outdoor teak furniture can become discolored and dull from exposure to the elements. To restore your teak furniture's natural beauty, you can restain it with minimal effort. This article will guide you through the steps on how to restain outdoor teak furniture to help it look brand new again.
The first step is to gather all the necessary tools. You will need:
You may also need a drop cloth or tarp to protect the surrounding area while working on your furniture.
The next step is to sand the surface of the furniture. Start with a coarse-grit sandpaper, such as 80-grit, and sand the entire surface to remove any old stain, dirt, or discoloration. Then, use a finer grit sandpaper, such as 120-grit, to smooth out the surface. Finally, use the finest grit sandpaper, such as 220-grit, for a smooth and even surface. Make sure to wipe away any dust from sanding with a clean, dry cloth.
The teak cleaner is used to remove any remaining residue, stains, or impurities from the wood. Follow the instructions on the teak cleaner that you choose to use. Typically, you apply the cleaner and let it sit for ten to thirty minutes before rinsing it off with water. Let the furniture dry completely.
Once the furniture is dry, you can apply teak oil or stain to your teak furniture. Apply the oil or stain with a brush or clean cloth, following the grain of the wood. Start at the top and work your way down, working in small areas at a time to avoid uneven application. Let the furniture dry completely before applying a second coat. Depending on how dirty or discolored the outdoor furniture was, you may require a third coat.
Restaining your teak outdoor furniture will protect it from the elements, and help it regain its original luster. With the right tools and steps, you can successfully complete the project, and enjoy your newly refinished furniture.