How to refinish and treat outside bamboo furniture

Bamboo is quickly becoming a favourite material for furniture and flooring because it is durable, attractive and good for the environment. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. It is also extremely strong and an excellent choice for outdoor furniture because it is so hardy. With proper maintenance, your bamboo furniture should last for decades. If you have some outdoor furniture that hasn't been well cared for, you can refinish your bamboo in a few easy steps.

Clean your bamboo furniture with mild soap and water. Once all surface dirt is removed, rinse well with clean water and allow the furniture to dry completely.

Remove existing finish materials by applying paint stripper to the surface of the bamboo furniture. Allow the paint stripper to penetrate the top layer for 20 to 30 minutes.

Use a scraper and steel wool to completely remove the paint or lacquer from the bamboo furniture.

Use fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surface. Sanding will remove any remaining sealant or paint.

Rinse your furniture thoroughly with clean water. Allow the bamboo to dry completely.

Using clean rags, rub a generous amount of linseed oil into the entire surface of the furniture. Wipe off excess oil with clean rags.

Reapply linseed oil as soon as the finish looks dull, every six to eight weeks, to keep the furniture looking great.


Bamboo furniture can be painted with great results. Make sure the furniture has been well sanded. Use a good quality primer and paint formulated for outdoor use.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap
  • Water
  • Paint stripper
  • Scraper
  • Sandpaper
  • Linseed oil
  • Rags
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