‘Tis the rainy season and we all want the best protection for outdoor wood furniture at our homes. Since going out with friends and family has become a rare event and everyone is locked in their homes due to the CoVID-19, many of you might have moved your furniture outdoor to enjoy the sun from the comfort of your home. If you haven’t thought of doing so then we would suggest giving it a try without worrying about the effect of weather on your expensive furniture. We have got you covered.
The best protection for outdoor wood furniture
Without proper protection and care your outdoor wooden furniture will suffer from water, high humidity which might result in swelling or even rotting. In this article, we will apprise you about the easy and best protection procedures for your outdoor wood furniture. Keep reading and choose the procedure that best suits you and your furniture.
Step 1: Sanding
Sand the wooden furniture lightly with the hundred grit sandpaper. Make sure that you break sharp edges. This means that you roll or twist the edge so that it is not sharp. Doing so will help the finish to bond to the edge and will not be easily destroyed when the edge comes in contact with the other object.
Remove the dust from the furniture and use a tack cloth. For the best result make sure to remove all the dust particles from the surface of the furniture.
Step 2: Apply Finish
Apply any one of the following finish to protect your outdoor furniture.
- Marine Varnish: Marine varnish is a finish designed for surfaces where the solid water-resistant finish is required. It was originally made for the marine environment to protect against the severe saltwater and exterior surfaces such as boats and outdoor furniture. The finish contains UV light absorbers which aid in protection from the sun. Although marine varnish provides long-lasting protection, you will need to resand the surface if the finish becomes worn and needs to be applied in the future.
- Outdoor Oil: Outdoor oil finish was specifically made for outdoor wooden projects such as your furniture. The finish contains resin and oil along with Ultraviolet inhibitors, heat stabilizers, and mildew inhibitors. All these elements make it the best finish for outdoor furniture. Another advantage of outdoor oil is that it may be used over other brands of exterior oil stain for increased protection. Unlike marine varnish when the finish becomes worn you can simply reapply it, without the need for any resanding.
Pro Tip: Start your work with the furniture in an upside-down position. This is because if the finish oversprays or runs, the blemish will be on the backside where it can go unnoticed.
There are three ways to waterproof your outdoor wood furniture. If you are waterproofing wood with a lighter color then avoid the first procedure in favor of the other two as hand-rubbed oil turns yellow over time.
Technique 1: Use Tung oil to create a protective hand-rubbed finish
Tung oil is derived from the Chinese tung tree.
- A standard hand-rubbed oil blend consists of one part oil, one part mineral spirit, and one part polyurethane.
- Stir the mixture thoroughly.
- Use natural bristle paintbrush to apply the mixture on dark-grained wood that has been sanded and cleaned.
- Allow the oil to soak in the mixture and reapply to areas that have been missed.
- Wipe off the excess oil with clean dry rags.
- Allow the wood to dry completely.
- Drying can take a few hours or even the whole night depending on the amount of oil in the mixture.
- After the mixture is dry sand it with a fine-grit sandpaper.
- Repeat the process until you get the desired finish.
Pro Tip: To save time add more polyurethane for a more glossy look and quick drying. Similarly, if you want more working time, reduce the quantity of poly. Furthermore, oily rags that are used to wipe excess oil might combust. This happens because as the oil dries it generates heat. Therefore, keep a bucket of water nearby as a precaution.
Technique 2: Sealants
Use sealants for prime protection.
- Polyurethane, varnish, and lacquer are tried sealants with the best waterproofing properties.
- Sealants are either brushed or sprayed onto the sanded surface and allowed to dry before the wood is resanded.
Pro Tip: Apply sealant at room temperature. Furthermore, do not shake or briskly stir sealants before applying on the wood. Doing so can cause air bubbles that can remain on the surface, even after the sealant dries. Also, make sure that there is proper ventilation at the time of application.
Pros and Cons of Sealants:
- Polyurethane sealants contain various other solvents, helping you choose your favorite finish effect. This way you can choose between a high-gloss shine to a gentle, soft sheen.
- Polyurethane sealants do not have a tendency to yellow over time.
- Oil-based poly offers great durability. However, requires brush clean-up. On the other hand, water-based poly only requires soap and water for clean-up.
- Lacquer is one of the best sealants for wooden furniture as it gives a rich and uniquely scratch-resistant finish on deep-toned wood. However, it can develop a yellowish tinge over time that is considered unattractive on lighter woods.
- Lacquer emits fumes. Therefore, ventilation is mandatory. To be more safe work outdoors or open windows and use fans.
Technique 3: Stain sealant combo
- Stain sealant combo is perfect when you need to save time or protect a large project.
- Stain sealant combo adds color and provides water resistance simultaneously.
- The combo contains color pigments with the addition of binders.
- The finish can be transparent or opaque depending on the concentration of pigment in the combo.
- Other than alkyd-based products, stain sealants soak in and any excess evaporates.
- Alkyd-based stain-sealants leave a light surface coating on the wood, making them better suited for interior wood items, such as indoor exposed beams or rustic furniture.
- Outdoors, alkyd-based stain-sealers have a tendency to peel if the wood is not perfectly clean and dry when applied.
The easiest and the best way to protect your outdoor wooden furniture is to cover them so that they are protected from the wind, rain, and sun.
Technique 1: Custom covers
You can find custom made covers from the market or simply use tarpaulin to cover your furniture. Outdoor covers are a fantastic option these days because they come in almost all standard sizes which will fit perfectly on your furniture. You can use them to cover your umbrella, wooden table, and chairs, or gas burners. They come in very handy if you buy them.
Technique 2: Store away cushions and pillows
It is important to also protect the fabric of your wooden furniture from rain and other elements of nature. So whenever there is harsh weather and you are not using your furniture then it is better to put them away. You can store your pillows and cushions inside your home or in a shed or putting the cushions or pillows on a chair and pushing the chair under the table.
With regular maintenance and basic care, it does not have to be too much work for you. Paint is the best way to protect your wooden patio furniture. It is also a very fun activity which you can do with your family or your group of friends. Let’s begin!
Step 1: Get rid of any padding
- Whenever you are reviving your old furniture or trying to protect it make sure that it is worth reviving or protecting. Look for any type of rot or decay.
- Then get rid of all the padding before moving onto the washing part.
Step 2: Clean your wooden furniture
- Put on your gloves and take your scrubbing brush.
- Soak your scrubbing brush in water mixed with dishwasher detergent (they are less in power so will not cause damage to your wooden furniture).
- Scrub with a light hand in the direction of the wood grain.
- Let the wood dry completely.
- Sand the rough spots on wood keep in mind to sand it in the direction of the grain.
Step 3: Frames protection
The frame of any furniture acts like its pillars and is very crucial for its structure hence you should also pay a lot of attention to the protection of the frame of your furniture.
- Take your favorite paint brush and a furniture protector.
- Apply the furniture protector to every part of the frame.
- For the long life of your furniture, it is very important to protect it against all the elements of nature and a coat of furniture protector is the best way to do so.
Step 4: Paint time
Paint is an absolutely great way to protect your furniture against all the elements of nature. Some paints are specially made with waterproof qualities. Moreover, almost all good quality paints protect your furniture against UV radiations of the sun which can be very harmful to your wooden furniture and cause it to even crack.
- Oil paint with a spray-on sealant is a very good option to go for.
- Always sand and paint your wooden furniture in the direction of the grain of your wooden furniture.
- Use a soft brush to paint for a more good experience.
- Everything that is used gets wear and tear, same is the case with paint so you would need to re-paint once or twice every year.
- Another way to go for is that you can sand your furniture and coat it with oil or stain in order to protect it.
Step 5: Stain or water repellent
Who does not hate swollen wooden furniture and wants to protect their furniture from water at all cost. Water repellents are a great way to achieve your goal and save your wooden furniture from seeping water into it. Another great advantage is that water repellents quicken up the evaporation method which saves the wood of your furniture from any moisture which would have caused algae build-up. This will make sure that your furniture stays fresh and does not rot away or gets weak.
- To make your stain or water repellent last long use a polyurethane sealer coat. Apply it after you put on your stain or water repellent.
- For maximum protection always make sure that you re-apply a good coat of stain and water repellent after every 2 years or so.
- Repellents with a high percentage of oil should be avoided. The reason is that oil has the power to attract particles like dust which can ruin the look of your furniture.
Wooden furniture is very costly to purchase in the first place so it is our responsibility to protect it at all costs. Hence, in this blog post, we talked about the best protection for outdoor wood furniture through paint, seal, varnish and exposure management. Wood, unlike metal or aluminum, demands more attention because it is more prone to damage due to water seepage. Protecting your wooden furniture from moisture should be your utmost priority and after that comes the heat of the scorching sun.
Lockdown restrictions are easing all around the world and so does the income of guests to your homes as well. So make sure that your wooden garden furniture is in its finest state when your friends or family comes over to your place. When it comes to the look of anything its exterior comes first. Same is the case with our wooden patio furniture which is the highlight of our house and the first thing anyone will notice.
I hope today’s blog answered all your questions regarding the best protection for outdoor wood furniture. However, being humans after all if I missed something or there is something you want me to talk about do let me know in the comment box down below. I would be more than happy to respond to your queries. Stay blessed and stay safe! ????