How to Sand and Stain Cedar Furniture

Cedar can provide years of use in outdoor furniture if it is properly maintained. After you sand and stain cedar furniture, the result will depend on good preparation.

Sanding and staining cedar follow the same procedure whether you are preparing lumber for furniture or patching blemishes on the fence.

Cedar can be finished with indoor or outdoor-type finishes, but should never be painted. Despite its name, cedar is actually a softwood (like pine) that is prone to warping if exposed to moisture in freeze-thaw cycles, and it is also susceptible to rot.

Therefore, it should not be used outside if left untreated.

Cedarwood is one of the most popular woods used in outdoor furniture due to its natural resistance to mildew, rot, and insects. Cedar is commonly available as pressure-treated lumber or raw un-milled boards available from natural product companies.

Sanding Cedar

To sand a cedar, you need a sanding block and sandpaper. Use 120-grit or 320-grit sandpaper. Sandpaper is commonly used for uneven or exposed wood surfaces, removing knots and scratches.

If the surface is smooth, sanding with light, regular pressure may be sufficient for the job without damaging the finish. If the surface has small chips or chips of wood debris, sanding with high pressure is required to ensure that the wood grain preserves itself over time.

Cedar is known for its durability and ability to withstand the test of time. But too much damage can even weaken it.

This guide will show you how to sand and stain cedar furniture to bring back that beautiful finish and keep your Cedar patio furniture like new!

Staining Cedar

Staining wood is ideal for both interior and exterior decoration. Stain alder and pine are natural choices for stain color. Cedar stains are best used with sandpaper or when the wood is carefully prepped using natural materials like shellac and beeswax.

If stain is to be applied to hardwood, be sure to choose a paint that stays hard for a long time, and use medium strength oil based stain.

Applying a strong stain to a single layer of wood may not do much good as the wood will not stand the intense heat of a direct flame, and most natural fabrics hide stains rather than adding color to them.

After the stain is applied, fans of stained furniture often sand chairs, tables, and desks to remove any spots that remain and allow for airflow. Sanding extensively will create no chips or scratches that would otherwise be created by hard use over time.

Repairing Your Cedar Furniture

The very best way to restore a look is to sand and stain and then apply a wax finish. Apply a coat of candles, oils, or wax on the new hardware, then let dry.

Sand off surface imperfections with 400-grit sandpaper and wipe dry with a damp cloth. Wax is the best type of finish to use on wood furniture.

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