Stripping and re-varnishing garden furniture?

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Stripping and re-varnishing garden furniture?

Post by GlynG » Tue May 01, 2018 12:13 pm

I’m a painter and decorator and a couple I work for have asked me to work on their garden furniture (several chairs and a table) and this is something I haven’t done before.

Is there a tool I can use to sand between gaps in the wood? Maybe some kind of drill attachment? They are loads of decorative gaps several mm or so wide and it would be WAY quicker if I can use something electric than trying to do it manually with sandpaper. I have an electric disc sander for the flat areas. I hope I can give them an all-over light sand and clean out the small amount of moss growing in places. It doesn’t seem feasible in a reasonable time to strip in all back to bare wood.

Also what is the best product to use on garden furniture that has been stained in the past? The dark stain they picked up says on the instructions it’s not suitable for use on furniture so it’ll need to be changed.
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Re: Stripping and re-varnishing garden furniture?

Post by aeromech3 » Tue May 01, 2018 7:30 pm

Would a power washer not work?
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Re: Stripping and re-varnishing garden furniture?

Post by someone-else » Tue May 01, 2018 7:39 pm

Would a power washer (at that close range) not damage the wood? or at least soak it?

GlynG, some times a job is best left alone, this is one of those times.

Look at it this way.

It sounds easy, but already you have found problems, and your time to do it manually will probably be more than new furniture? and not to mention if it goes wrong. I know nothing ventured nothing gained, but like I first said.........
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Re: Stripping and re-varnishing garden furniture?

Post by big-all » Tue May 01, 2018 9:49 pm

i would say no good outcome
at best you will get a patchy finish with this time next year your name is mud after a wet cold winter :shock:
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Re: Stripping and re-varnishing garden furniture?

Post by Divad4321 » Wed May 02, 2018 6:54 am

Hello

Depends of the timber the furniture is made from, and if its varnishednor stained?

I have used a pressure washer before, but it does raise the grain if your not careful, its best to turn the pressure right down, at first anyway, you can always increase it and try it on the underside first.

Last ones I did, I used a soft wire brush running up and down the grooves, try a scrubbing brush first, most of what sits in the grooves is debris and mould, was very fast, seemed to work well, that was for stain.

Varnish wise I use HMG and stains I use ronseal or cuprinol, depending on customers preference.

As far as the outcome not being good and your name not being good after the winter, that's not been the case for me, plenty of products available for such jobs, and as always preparation is key. In an ideal world wooden furniture shouldn't be sitting outside all winter anyway, neither should it be wrapped up, a cover with ventilation is better than nothing. All finishes age some faster than others.

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Re: Stripping and re-varnishing garden furniture?

Post by Grendel » Thu May 03, 2018 5:27 pm

Sanding in between slats can be an absolute pain. I believe it's possible to get small cylindrical sanding attachments for tools such as dremels but in the past I have made my own by gluing sandpaper to short lengths of 1/2" hardwood dowel which will fit in the standard chuck off most drills . Use on a relatively slow speed and usual ppe.
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Re: Stripping and re-varnishing garden furniture?

Post by aeromech3 » Tue May 08, 2018 6:38 pm

Tried a pressure washer on an old Oak chair which had layers of old varnish and dirt, it did remove but raised the grain in places!
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