Will the rain hurt the table?

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 18, 2022

    If you are asking about painting a wood table for outdoor use:

    Step 1

    Clean the dining table with mild liquid soap and water. Allow the table to dry completely.

    Step 2

    Use the sandpaper to remove any finish that is on the wood table. You need to sand away the existing finish completely prior to applying a new coat of paint to ensure the new paint adheres properly.

    Step 3

    Use a paintbrush to apply a coat of oil-based primer to the table. An oil-based product penetrates the wood surface easily and is more durable than water-based products. Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands from being stained by the paint.

    Step 4

    You can use colored paint to match existing patio furniture.

    Apply outdoor paint to the freshly sanded dining table. You can choose to use spray paint or gallon paint and a paintbrush; either method works well. Outdoor paint is important to use as it can withstand the weather elements, such as rain, snow and sunshine, which can warp and destroy the wood surface.

    Step 5

    Allow the freshly painted dining table to dry for 48 hours before using.

    Or you can varnish the wood table for a more natural effect:

    Natural Wood Finish

    Step 1

    Follow Steps 1 and 2 in Section 1 to prepare the indoor dining table for outdoor use.

    Step 2

    Use a finishing pad to apply marine varnish or tinted polyurethane. You can purchase these pads at paint stores and home improvement stores. Work with the grain of the wood for a consistent and natural wood appearance.

    Step 3

    Wipe off the varnish or polyurethane with lint-free shop paper towels. Wipe in the direction of the grain. The shop paper towels are more durable than commercial paper towels and you can purchase them at paint stores and home improvement stores. Work quickly before the varnish begins to dry and becomes too sticky to work with.

    Step 4

    Let the varnish dry overnight and repeat Step 3 up to five times. Numerous coats of varnish give the wood the durability to endure outdoor elements.


  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 18, 2022

    what kind of material is it? is this a project you saw? we have no idea what your question is without more info

  • Mogie Mogie on May 18, 2022

    Please give us some more info so we can help answer your question. Thanks!!!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 18, 2022

    It depends on the construction (type of wood) and if the table is sealed or not.

  • Betsy Betsy on May 20, 2022

    Hi Barb: What is the table made of? If it's an outside patio table made of wood, it maybe damaged by rain, so I'd get a cover for it when rain is in the forecast. If it's metal or plastic, it should be o.k.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on May 21, 2022

    Hi Barb, do you perhaps have an image of your table. What is it made of?

  • Annie Annie on May 24, 2022

    Water damage would depend on what your table is made of. Can you post a picture so we can help you? Or let us know if its a wood table, tile, or what it is made of.