Hi, I was wondering if you could advise the cheapest way to upgrade the wood on my outdoor bench, pic attached..also are there different stain colours? Thanks ! Yvonne
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Disassembling the bench by unscrewing the slats at either end and the back panel would likely be best. You'll then be better able to access the sides of the timber with 180-grit sandpaper to strip the remaining varnish/stain off the timber. To remove the weathered and grey timber, you must also sand it. You might like to try Feast Watson 1L Woodclean, which is very effective at restoring aged timber and might also strip the remaining stain out. If it works well, it will save you considerable elbow grease. I've used this product before and love it.
There are various outdoor stain options and colours for you to choose from. I'd suggest heading into a store to check out the available colours.
I just wanted to mention that you'll want to try and keep the budget for this project relatively low, as this outdoor bench is still available for a reasonable price. It's always nice to restore rather than rebuy, though.
Please let me know if you have any questions.