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How to Stain Outdoor Furniture [Our Expert Guide]

How To Stain Outdoor Furniture

Staining outdoor furniture can bring new life to weathered and worn pieces. Wondering how to go about it? Staining outdoor furniture requires cleaning and preparing, stripping the old finish, sanding, and then applying the new stain. Learn more about each of these steps for how to stain outdoor furniture in the guide below.

 

How Do You Stain Outdoor Wood?

As we mentioned above, staining outdoor wood furniture involves preparing the wood, stripping the old stain, sanding, and applying a fresh stain. But before you do any of that, it’s important to make sure you have the right supplies.

 

Supplies

A natural-bristle brush is best for oil stains, while a synthetic-bristle brush is ideal for latex stains. Buying the proper brush will ensure the stain goes on evenly.

 

Preparation

Once your supplies are all ready, take care in preparing for the staining process. Preparing the wood the right way takes time and patience, but it will be worth it when you see the final results. Likewise, a rushed job will be obvious when staining outdoor furniture. Prepare the wood by:

1. Removing parts you don’t want to stain (like metal bolts or nails).

2. Clean dirt and mildew off the wood.

3. Allow wood to dry.

 

Stripping

Stripping the stain requires a well-ventilated workspace. Set out a drop cloth and use a sander or chemical stripping solution to remove the old stain. Use a fine-grit sanding sponge to work around delicate or curved areas of the wood. If using a stripping solution, let it soak for about 20 minutes before removing the finish with a scraper tool.

 

Sanding

Sanding will allow you to clean off any remaining stain and smooth out the wood to prepare it for the new stain. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Clean the wood with a dry rag to get rid of any sanding dust before proceeding.

 

Staining

Now it’s time for the main event. Choose your stain and then apply it by using the proper brush and a rag for blending each section. Start at the top of the furniture piece and work your way down.

 

How Do You Refinish Outdoor Furniture?

Outdoor furniture can be refinished in a variety of ways, including staining, painting, or waterproofing. Staining is one of the most popular choices for refinishing because it’s a natural-looking option that won’t chip and will stand up well to the elements.

Staining requires cleaning the wood, sanding off the old stain, and applying a fresh coat of the new stain. You can choose a similar stain or a completely new color.

If you choose to paint, be sure to apply at least two coats and an outdoor sealant as the final coat.

 

How Do You Weatherproof Outdoor Furniture?

Waterproof wood furniture as one of the best ways to protect your outdoor furniture pieces. To effectively waterproof your furniture, you’ll first want to research your options for sealant. Some stains come with a waterproof element, while others require sealant as a second coat.

The sealant can be applied by sanding down the wood and applying one layer of primer, followed by one layer of sealant. This will protect your wood from rain, wind, and sun damage.

 

How Do You Treat Wood For Outdoor Use?

Now you know how to stain wood on your outdoor furniture. But did you know you can also repurpose indoor furniture for outdoor use? Simply follow the steps in the previous section for weatherproofing your furniture, and your indoor pieces will be ready for use outside.

 

Do’s and Don’ts of Staining Outdoor Furniture

Even if you’ve never stained outdoor furniture, you can do the job right the first time with plenty of research and care in each step. Here are some do’s and don’ts to remember:

  • Apply your stain at room temperature. If the stain is too hot or cold, it will ruin the consistency. Most stains should be applied around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but make sure to check the label.
  • Use even and smooth strokes. This will produce a natural and consistent color once the stain dries.
  • Apply your stain in a dry climate. If possible, avoid applying the stain in a humid area, since this will make it hard for the stain to dry. In the case of rain storms or extremely humid days, delay your staining project until the air dries out.

 

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The Best Patio Umbrellas [Outdoor Umbrella Guide]

THE BEST PATIO UMBRELLAS GREEN

Outdoor Patio Umbrella Guide

 

A sun umbrella is an easy way to add shade to your outdoor gathering area and block harmful UV rays from the sun. In addition to providing you and your guests with shelter from the sun’s scorching rays, an outdoor patio umbrella can also make for a stylish accent piece to your backyard setup. In this comprehensive guide, we’ve included everything you need to know about choosing the right umbrella for your patio space.

 

The Best Patio Umbrella Types

 

Before you begin shopping for the perfect sun umbrella, it’s important to know the different types that are available for you to choose from. There are over a dozen different kinds, so for simplicity’s sake, we’ve included the three most popular designs.

 

Traditional Table Umbrella

Perhaps the most common choice is the traditional table umbrella. You’ve probably seen patio furniture with umbrellas set up outside your local home goods store during seasonal promotions; chances are those were traditional table umbrellas.

What makes these kinds of sun umbrellas such a common choice is that they’re lightweight, affordable, and a breeze to set up and take down.

If you live in an area that gets a lot of strong winds and unexpected storms, this traditional type of covering may be the best option for you since they’re simple to take down and move indoors.

 

Tilting Umbrella

Have you ever been to an outdoor gathering and you had to keep moving your seat to stay in the shade as the sun moved across the sky? The tilting umbrellas is the perfect solution!

The name of this outdoor patio umbrella is pretty self-explanatory. Unlike the traditional design, this one features an additional joint about a third of the way up the support pole that allows the user to adjust the angle of the umbrella. This flexible design is a brilliant way to provide shade any time of the day. The tilting umbrella is ideal for mornings on the patio and evening barbeques when the sun is low in the sky.

 

 

Offset Umbrella

The offset patio umbrella (also referred to as a cantilever) is primarily used to shade one specific area in your backyard. Because of the cantilever’s heavy base, this umbrella is not so easily moved around the yard. However, what it lacks in portability, it makes up for in upscale design.

Rather than placing this backyard feature near the center of the area you want to shade, you can place it off to the side and out of the way without exposing anyone to the sun’s harmful rays. Protruding from the heavy base is a long, curved arm that reaches away from the base and hangs the umbrella over your desired area. If you’re looking to add shade, intimacy, and appeal to a tea table, lounge chairs, or an outdoor dining set, this is a great way to do it.

 

What is the Best Material for Patio Umbrellas?

Whichever type of umbrella you choose to outfit your patio with, be sure to buy one that is made from durable materials to withstand various types of weather. It is also important to store your umbrella in a dry, covered area during the off-season.

 

Sunbrella

Sunbrella fabric is a popular product for outdoor items like sun umbrellas, awnings, and outdoor furniture cushions. This durable cloth is fade resistant, as well as easy to clean and maintain. It also repels water and provides some protection against harmful UV rays, making it a great addition to your patio in any climate. Sunbrella is the preferred choice of RST Brands and is used on our various types of outdoor umbrellas.

 

Polyurethane-Coated Polyester

 Polyester is lightweight and able to retain its color over time. Polyurethane is used as a protective coating, in this case, making the polyester sun umbrella water resistant. This type of fabric is flammable and should be kept away from candles and other open flames.

 

Acrylic

Acrylic fabric is synthetic, lightweight, and often treated with chemicals to make it ultraviolet-resistant and less likely to fade. Patio furniture with umbrella fabric of this type can last a long time if properly cared for.

 

Canvas

Canvas fabric is durable and long-lasting, particularly when coated with a waterproofing agent or acrylic paint solution. Uncoated canvas is prone to mildew if left unchecked, but can be cleaned.

 

Do Patio Sun Umbrellas Block UV Rays?

Yes and no. While your outdoor patio umbrella does provide a fair amount of shade, it is only able to block some of the harmful UV rays trying to reach your skin. The best approach is to utilize multiple sources of sun protection when spending time outdoors. 

You can rely on a sun umbrella to help keep you cool and avoid overheating, as well as block some direct sunlight, but you should always wear a generous amount of sunscreen when you go outside. You can also use clothing and hats to cover up, and try to avoid peak sunlight hours. 

 

What Size Patio Sun Umbrella Should You Get?

Once you know what type of sun umbrella you want, you’ll want to take extra care in selecting an umbrella of the proper dimensions. Otherwise, you could end up with half the shade that you actually need.

Patio umbrellas come in a wide range of sizes, which can make for a stressful selection process. As a standard rule of thumb, we suggest you choose an umbrella that is approximately two feet wider (on every side) than the area you want to shade. This will vary greatly, so grab your tape measure and step outside.

 

How do you measure a patio umbrella?

To measure a patio umbrella, measure the distance between the very center of the top to the outermost edge of the rib arm, and then multiply that measurement by two. Measuring the height of the pole is not necessary, but you may want to measure other areas. For example, if you are looking to buy an umbrella that fits a dining table, you will want to know the size of the hole it will fit into and make sure the pole of your umbrella will fit accordingly.

 

How Tall Are Outdoor Umbrellas?

Most standard sun umbrellas begin at seven feet tall and go up from there. Some even come equipped with the option to adjust the height as needed. If you are looking for something that will leave plenty of headspace above you, you may want to consider an offset/cantilever umbrella that can be positioned out of the way while still providing plenty of shade.

 

How Heavy Should a Patio Umbrella Stand Be?

More often than not, your new outdoor patio umbrella will come with a base heavy enough to support it, especially if you bought patio furniture with an umbrella as a set. However, if you find yourself needing to buy a base separately, you can do some simple math to make sure you buy one that can hold your umbrella.

All you need to do is measure the width of your new umbrella canopy as we described in the previous section and multiply that number by ten. Simple!

 

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