Varnishing Outdoor Furniture: Refinishing Teak, Spar & Spray For Garden Furniture



General Overview

Harsh weather conditions can damage outdoor furniture and in order to protect the furniture from the various outdoor elements, proper treatment and care is mandatory. There are a number of ways in order to take care of outdoor furniture like varnishing, painting, using water sealer, covering or keeping furniture inside during harsh climatic conditions.

How To Differentiate Polyurethane And Varnish?

Polyurethane and Varnish are both used for the wood furniture coating. Some of the differences between varnish and Polyurethane are mentioned below:
Polyurethane
This is basically oil or water-based resin used for finishing or wood coating. It is mainly used for Wood flooring, bookcases, hardwoods, etc. Polyurethane comes with easy application and is highly resistant to the abrasion. The main drawback with this coating is that it gets damaged with the UV radiation.
Varnish
The varnish is a quite popular term used form centuries used for furniture or wood coating to protect it from the harsh elements. The varnish is formulated with the resins, oils, and solvents.

Refinishing Teak

The teak is one of the best materials for outdoor furniture as the wood contains a high amount of oil as well as has fewer chances of shrinking. However, with the time refinishing of the outdoor teak furniture is very important to retain its natural look and beauty. Few steps to refinish the teak furniture are mentioned below:
1.Clean: The first and foremost thing is to clean the teak furniture finely with the good quality teakwood cleaner using a brush or spray to remove the dirt, mildew or mold build up.
2.Spary: Take the water hose and spray over the teakwood furniture to clean up the cleaner and allow the furniture to air dry completely.
3.Bleaching: In case of hard stains application of the teakwood bleach is recommended. Spray the bleach over the pieces and allow it to dry for the time mentioned on the product and follow up by the wiping Off extra.
4.Sand: Sand the furniture piece with 120-grit sandpaper and start sanding smoothly in direction of the wood grain. Once it is done re-sand using 220-grit sandpaper to get the smooth finish.
5.Dusting: The sanding dust must be removed using a tack cloth.
6.Sealer: Finishing the furniture by applying the teak oil or sealer and rub it according to the directions mentioned on the product. To get more shine additional amounts of the thin coats can be applied for more shine.

How To Apply Spar Varnish?

The steps for application of the spar varnish are mentioned below:
1.Brush: The varnish requires a brush with clean bristle avoid the Nylon ones.
2.Coating: Coat the furniture piece with spar varnish in light tones. It's better to apply two or three thin coats rather than the thick coat at once.
3.Dry: Let the varnish dry completely.
4.Sand: Follow up the smooth sanding process using 220-grit paper to remove any residue left on the furniture during drying time like dust, etc.

Best Spray For Garden Furniture

The best varnish spray to use on outdoor furniture is "Rust-Oleum Ultimate Spar Urethane Wood Varnish". This spray foam wood varnish is the easy way to make garden furniture protected from the harsh environmental factors such as moisture, UV, sunlight, chemicals, etc.
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