Outdoor timber furniture can take a lot of punishment from the elements so it needs a little TLC to keep it in good order. Adding a stain will help preserve the timber. STEP ONE Give the wood a good sanding to smooth the timber and give a good surface for the stain to soak in STEP TWO Select a stain. Ask your mighty helpful Mitre 10 for help to select the right one plus anything else you’ll need. STEP 3 Give the tin a good stir, especially on the bottom to make sure the tint is even throughout. STEP 4 Dip brush into tin no more than half way up bristle. Tap on side of tin to remove any excess stain. STEP 5 Using long smooth strokes, apply the stain evenly on the timber. Wipe off drips over any edges as much as possible. These will show up later under the stain. STEP 6 Once you start a section, make sure you complete it before moving on to the next area. This will ensure an even colour finish throughout. STEP 6 After the stain is brushed on a section. Use a rag to rub off any excess stain. This helps to show off the beautiful grain and gives that piece timber furniture a real lift and adds years to its life. Mighty Helpful Mitre 10 have put together a handy shopping list to get you started!