How To Stain A Picnic Table

If the weather has given your picnic table a beating, revitalize it by learning how to stain a picnic table. A picnic table looks better and lasts longer when properly stained. Follow these simple steps to stain your picnic table in order to protect it from the elements and improve its appearance.

What you'll need:

  • picnic table
  • exterior gel stain in your desired color
  • fine grit sandpaper
  • paintbrush
  • clean cloth rag
  • vacuum
  1. Picking your stain. When picking your stain, make sure you buy the exterior gel stain with waterproofing properties. Thompson's makes a good brand called Waterseal, it comes in a no drip exterior gel stain.  
  2. Prepare your table surfaces. To get the picnic table ready to stain, sand the table surfaces with the sand paper until you can achieve a smooth surface. Vacuum or brush the sawdust off of the table to achieve a clean work surface. 
  3. Apply the stain to the table. Apply the stain liberally to the picnic table surfaces with a paintbrush. Be sure to follow the directions for the stain that you have chosen to apply. Leave the stain on for the amount of time recommended on the stain packaging.
  4. Wipe away excess gel stain. Be sure to wear protective gloves when wiping off the excess stain. Use a clean cloth and wipe with the grain of the wood when removing the excess stain. You may need to even out the color of the stain when wiping away the excess. When the cloth becomes saturated with the stain, use another clean cloth.
  5. Allow to dry. Allow the stain to dry completely before using the picnic table.
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