How to Repair Wooden Patio Table Tops

Wooden patio table tops can get damaged due to scratches, discolorations or cracking. Because they sit outside, they are vulnerable to all different types of damages. The surface can crack or shrink due to the heat of the summer weather. Thin cracks are easy to fix, but if the cracks are wide, you will have to make a spleen to fill in the gap. There are several different ways to repair a wooden patio table top depending on the kind of damage it has suffered.

Tools and Materials to Repair a Cracked Wooden Patio Table Top

  • Wood glue
  • Glue injector syringe
  • Thin blade
  • Wood clamps 
  • Glue remover

Step 1 – Cleaning the Crack

Clean the crack by removing any buildup of dirt or grime with a thin blade. 

Step 2 – Applying Wood Glue

Use the glue injector syringe to force-apply wood glue in the crack.

Step 3 – Attaching Wood Clamps

Attach the wood clamps so they are perpendicular to the crack on both sides of the table. Tighten the clamps until the table top clamp closes.

Step 4 – Let Sit

Let the glue thoroughly dry before you remove the clamps. Use a glue remover to take off the excess glue that may be on the top of the table. Do not let glue remover get on the repaired area. 

Tools and Materials to Repair Stains and Discoloration

  • Wood finish
  • Soft cloth

Most wooden patio table top finishes are made to protect the table top surface. They protect by creating a protective coating. To repair damage from stain or discoloration, work very carefully and do not remove excess finish. 

Tools and Materials for Damage from White Spots

  • Liquid furniture polish
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Gentle abrasive
  • Furniture wax
  • Furniture polish

Spills and condensation from glasses will leave permanent white rings or spots on wooden patio table finishes. Steps below will assist in removing these spots.

Step 1 – Polish the Area

Use a liquid furniture polish to try removing the white spots. If the polish does not work, try rubbing the surface with denatured alcohol. Use as little of the alcohol as possible so as not to damage the finish any further.

Step 2 – Gentle Abrasives

If Step 1 does not work, you can use a gentle abrasive. Rub the abrasive into the stained area and wipe it clean with a soft cloth. More than one application may be required depending on the spot and how stubborn it is.

Tools and Materials to Treat Damage from Grease, Tar, Paint, Crayon or Lipstick

  • Mineral spirits
  • Water
  • Putty knife

These spots are not too damaging and interfere only with the surface of the finish. You can remove wet paint using a paint solvent on a soft cloth. If the paint is oil-based, use a mineral spirit. Use water to remove latex paint. Use a putty knife to remove dry paint or other dried-on materials. Be careful not to scrape the wood, or the finish will scratch. After stains have been removed, wipe mineral spirits on the table top before waxing or polishing.