Restoring picnic tables

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by Hike, 27 Aug 2016.

  1. Hike

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    Good morning Chaps / Chapesses.

    I have recently acquired two very heavy picnic tables and a bench. They have been left outside for many years in all weathers and are looking as you would expect. They are still solid and I would like to try and get them looking better. I would appreciate any tips on how I could achieve this. I am not looking to paint them with coloured Cuprinol paint or anything like that. I have some Danish Oil which says is ok for exterior use. Would this be suitable? Through a bit of research I have also seen suggested that maybe using a pressure washer first would help? I would appreciate any thoughts or ideas on this.

    Many thanks in advance for your time and wisdom.


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    Personally I'd blast off all the crap with a pressure washer on a fan spray and then treat the timber - once dried - with Sadolin outdoor furniture treatment (its proper name escapes me for now.)
    I've been using this stuff for years and the timber deterioration has stopped - although a few joints have sprung. Easy to fix those with some long screws.
    John :)
     
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    Thanks for your input. I have plenty of Sadolin which is being used for window frames and cladding etc. I hadn't considered it for the tables. Any other ideas?
     
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    Teak oil.
     
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