How to Refinish Teak Wood Patio Furniture

What You'll Need
Chemical stripper
Sandpaper or sander
Lacquer thinner

Teak wood patio furniture is very popular and can be very durable if taken care of properly. One way that you can improve the look of teak wood patio furniture that is starting to show its age is to refinish it. This process is not complicated but it will take a little bit of work. Here are the basics of how to refinish teak wood patio furniture. 

Step 1: Wipe it Down

Start out by wiping down the surface of the teak. You will want to take a soft rag and use it to clean the surface of the wood. This is going to help remove any oils that have built up on the surface over time. 

Step 2: Chemical Stripper

At this point, you will want to put a chemical stripper on the wood. This chemical stripper is going to quickly break down the finish that is on the teak wood. When you are doing this step, you will want to make sure that you open the windows and turn on a fan. The room need to be very well ventilated for this part of the procedure. Chemical stripper fumes are not something that you want to breathe in. You will also want to wear protective gloves for this step. Chemical stripper usually comes in a gel that you can spread out over the surface of the teak wood. Once you get the chemical stripper on the wood, you need to leave it on for the appropriate amount of time. Read the side of the package of the chemical stripper to determine how long to leave it there. In most cases, it will be approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 3: Remove

You will then need to remove the chemical stripper from the surface. Use a scraper to scrape the stripper and the residue from the wood. You will also want to use lacquer thinner in order to wash the surface of the wood. This should help you thoroughly remove the chemical stripper.

Step 4: Sand

Start sanding that teak wood. You can use sand paper or you can use a vibrating sander for this process. The vibrating sander is definitely going to be the easiest way to go for this portion of the project. However, you can always use regular sandpaper if you do not have access to a sander.

Step 5: Stain

You could choose to leave the teak with a natural finish. However, if you want it to be a certain color, you will need to stain it now. Apply the stain to the wood with a rag. You want to make sure that you do not miss any spots with the stain and that it is covering the surface evenly. Allow the stain to dry.

Step 6: Finish

After the stain is completely dry, you can apply a finish coat of polyurethane. Let the polyurethane dry and put a second coat on so that it will be protected adequately.