1If patio furniture is left exposed to the elements it can get very weathered looking very quickly. Before treating the wood, you must ensure it is clean and dry.
2Lightly sand the wood evenly and remove any loose wood fibres. Completely remove any varnish or paint already on the furniture prior to application. Make sure to wear a dust mask when sanding.
3Wipe down the furniture with a cloth soaked in white spirits after sanding.
4Before staining, if required, cover the area where you will be working with a dust sheet. There are many types of stains and oils that can be used on garden furniture so choose the finish you would like – in this case we are using a dark oak stain. Stir the paint well before applying. Use a good quality brush designed for water based finishes to apply the paint.
5Apply the paint in the direction of the grain. You may only need one coat if the paint dries with a consistent finish. If a second coat is needed, sand lightly with a fine grit sandpaper before applying the paint.