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How do I restore v weathered wooden garden furniture?

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MrsJamin Thu 23-Apr-09 21:30:45

Bought a garden bench and table 3 years ago and they have weathered badly, splitting the wood in places and they are a very dull grey colour - is it worth buying stuff to revive them or are they a lost cause?

Furball Fri 24-Apr-09 07:04:53

I'll tag on to this if thats OK, we have a similar situation and I was just going to paint it with something, but not sure what

fairydust Fri 24-Apr-09 07:09:18

i just repainted my weathered garden set with a fence stain carer the set looks like new now i choose a dark brown to help with coverage.

Shoshe Fri 24-Apr-09 07:09:52

Painted mine with this in blue and it looks brill!

Thrifty Fri 24-Apr-09 07:30:28

The wood needs oiling you can get teak oil from your diy store. If its dirty too, then blast the dirt off with a pressure washer. Allow to dry, then paint on the teak oil, give it a day or so to dry before sitting on it, else it may stain. If the wood is very dry you may need 2 coats. Hth.

Joolsiam Fri 24-Apr-09 07:55:11

Shoshe and Fairydust - did you have to sand down / prepare the wood in any way before you painted, or just slap it on ?? I have the same problem as the OP and am looking for the easiest solution for someone who is impatient and totally crap at all things DIY !!

Shoshe Fri 24-Apr-09 08:07:29

i just slapped it on grin

ChopsTheDuck Fri 24-Apr-09 08:14:50

I slapped woodstain on mine then regretted it - it's jsut not very natural looking. It is a quick fix solution, but the paint comes of every time I wipe downt he table after eating and it really doesnt look the same as it did when we bought it. I'm planning to buy a cheapy electric sander from argos (can get them for about £10) and rub it down this year then oil it properly. Then it shouldn't need staining.

BecauseImWorthIt Fri 24-Apr-09 08:17:32

I have cheap wooden patio furniture (can't afford to replace it this year!), and I bought some teak oil spray from Homebase. They don't look like they're suddenly brand new, but it does make them look a lot better.

And being spray, it's really easy to apply.

Tommy Fri 24-Apr-09 08:17:50

great thread - our furniture looks horrible!

ohdearwhatamess Fri 24-Apr-09 08:32:59

Sand down the worst bits then apply linseed oil or teak oil. Did mine yesterday and they look as good as new (only 2 years old but looked very weathered).

morningpaper Fri 24-Apr-09 08:35:35

Mine were like this last year so I used a seriously thick exterior wood stain which basically provided a waterproof coat. They suvived last year but finally crumbled last month - I've neglected them so too long!

Check that the wood is strong first - a bit of wobbling doesn't matter but you need to be able to put your auntie some weight on it without it collapsing. Then stain or oil it and give it a go for another year!

gardeningmum05 Fri 24-Apr-09 11:31:29

i did mine in woodstain from wilko £4.99 a tin. did 3 benches, large tables and a load of containers, and still had some left.
great stuff, did exactly what it said on the tin grin

SoupDragon Fri 24-Apr-09 11:32:37

I sanded my teak table and chairs with an electric sander and then reoiled them.

MrsJamin Fri 24-Apr-09 18:43:04

Right I bought my Teak Oil Spray - going to sand it then is it really as easy as just spraying it on? Surely I have to rub it in or something?

BecauseImWorthIt Sat 25-Apr-09 22:22:32

I didn't even sand mine down. Just spray it on and it all soaks into the wood.

JH1976 Thu 19-Nov-15 17:14:04

I see noone has mentioned repairing the crack that the OP mentioned, which is actually the most important part of this.

If the crack is fairly large, you can create a wedge of wood, to a slightly larger size, then sand it down to fit perfectly.

Then fill the crack with a small layer of glue and place the wedge into it.

Once dry, sand it down to make smooth.

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