How to Repair Wooden Patio Table Tops

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  • 1-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-200
What You'll Need
Wood glue
Glue injector syringe
Thin blade
Wood clamps
Glue remover
Wood finish
Soft cloth
Liquid furniture polish
Denatured alcohol
Gentle abrasive
Furniture wax
Furniture polish
Mineral spirits
Putty knife

Wooden patio table tops can get damaged due to scratches, discolorations or cracking. Because they sit outside, they are vulnerable to all different types of damages. The surface can crack or shrink due to the heat of the summer weather. Thin cracks are easy to fix, but if the cracks are wide, you will have to make a spleen to fill in the gap. There are several different ways to repair a wooden patio table top depending on the kind of damage it has suffered.

Repair Cracks

Step 1 - Clean the Crack

Clean the crack by removing any buildup of dirt or grime with a thin blade.

Step 2 - Apply Wood Glue

Use the glue injector syringe to force-apply wood glue in the crack.

Step 3 - Attach Wood Clamps

Attach the wood clamps so they are perpendicular to the crack on both sides of the table. Tighten the clamps until the table top clamp closes.

Step 4 - Let Sit

Let the glue thoroughly dry before you remove the clamps. Use a glue remover to take off the excess glue that may be on the top of the table. Do not let glue remover get on the repaired area.

Stains and Discoloration

Most wooden patio table top finishes are made to protect the table top surface. They protect by creating a protective coating. To repair damage from stain or discoloration, work very carefully and do not remove excess finish.

Damage from White Spots

Spills and condensation from glasses will leave permanent white rings or spots on wooden patio table finishes. Steps below will assist in removing these spots.

Step 1 - Polish the Area

Use a liquid furniture polish to try removing the white spots. If the polish does not work, try rubbing the surface with denatured alcohol. Use as little of the alcohol as possible so as not to damage the finish any further.

Step 2 - Gentle Abrasives

If Step 1 does not work, you can use a gentle abrasive. Rub the abrasive into the stained area and wipe it clean with a soft cloth. More than one application may be required depending on the spot and how stubborn it is.

Damage from Grease, Tar, Paint, Crayon or Lipstick

These wooden patio table stains are not too damaging and interfere only with the surface of the finish. You can remove wet paint using a paint solvent on a soft cloth. If the paint is oil-based, use a mineral spirit. Use water to remove latex paint. Use a putty knife to remove dry paint or other dried-on materials. Be careful not to scrape the wood, or the finish will scratch. After stains have been removed, wipe mineral spirits on the table top before waxing or polishing.