How to refinish brazilian eucalyptus wood

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How to refinish brazilian eucalyptus wood
Outdoor furniture needs protection from moisture. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Brazilian eucalyptus wood is as durable and weather resistant as teak, making it a sturdy choice for outdoor furniture. Eucalyptus grows abundantly in Brazilian rainforests and is more readily available than teak, making it a better choice for the environment and less expensive. While eucalyptus will hold up well in a variety of climates for many years, it does require some maintenance. Over time, the finish may begin to look dull and grey and lose much of its original colour. The same techniques used to refinish teak can be used for Brazilian eucalyptus.

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Things you need

  • Dishwashing soap
  • Sponge
  • Palm sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Rags
  • Tung oil

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  1. 1

    Scrub the Brazilian eucalyptus with water and mild dishwashing soap to remove all traces of surface dirt. Dip a sponge into the soapy mixture. Scrub the wood with the sponge and rinse with clean water.

  2. 2

    Attach medium grit sandpaper to palm sander. Sand the entire piece of furniture until the original colour has returned. Quit sanding when all traces of weathered grey colour are gone.

  3. 3

    Remove the medium grit paper and attach fine grit sandpaper to the palm sander. Smooth out any imperfections in the wood. The surface should be soft and smooth under your bare hand. Wipe away the sanding dust with a damp rag.

  4. 4

    Dip a clean rag into tung oil. Rub the oil into the wood, leaving enough oil on the surface so the furniture looks damp. Let the wood absorb the oil overnight.

  5. 5

    Apply a second coat of oil to the wood the same way you applied the first. Let the oil soak into the wood overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • Apply a coat of tung oil to Brazilian eucalyptus every six months to a year, or whenever you notice that the surface looks dull and dry.

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