How to Refinish Outdoor Teak Furniture


Teak is a durable, solid wood often used for outdoor furniture. Its resistance to the elements makes it a great choice for this purpose. Still, teak furniture will exhibit signs of wear and tear after regular exposure to the sun and moisture. Refinishing outdoor teak furniture will restore its appearance and preserve it for many years.

Things You'll Need

  • Chemical stripper
  • Steel wool
  • Putty knife
  • Paintbrush
  • Cloth
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Sanding sealer
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Tackcloth
  • Brush a heavy coat of chemical stripper onto the teak furniture, using a paintbrush. Allow this to sit on the teak until the old finish begins to peel off.

  • Scrape the old finish off with a putty knife. Remove the old finish from hard-to-reach areas with steel wool. Wipe the teak furniture with a damp cloth to remove traces of the stripper.

  • Sand the entire piece of teak furniture with 120-grit sandpaper. Make sure all the old finish is removed. Wipe the furniture with a tackcloth and sand again with 220-grit sandpaper to create a smooth surface. Wipe with a tackcloth.

  • Brush a coat of sanding sealer onto the teak furniture. Allow it to dry and wipe off any excess with a cloth. Lightly sand with 220-grit sandpaper.

  • Wipe a coat of stain onto the teak furniture with a cloth. Allow the stain to absorb into the wood and wipe off the excess. Allow the stain to dry.

  • Brush a thin coat of polyurethane onto the teak furniture to seal the wood and protect it from moisture. Allow the polyurethane to dry and lightly sand the wood with 220-grit sandpaper. Brush a second thin coat of polyurethane onto the teak furniture and allow it to completely dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Brush, wipe and sand with the grain of the teak wood
  • Work with chemicals in a ventilated area.
  • Wear eye and hand protection

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