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How to stain a swing set. How we re stained our old swing set to make it look like new again. Step by step guide for staining an old swing set. 

We spend a lot of time in our backyard. Whether it’s grilling pizza, hanging around the fire pit or relaxing in the hammock, one thing is for certain. The kids are playing on the swing set.

Now this isn’t just any swing set. No, this one has a restaurant, spyglass and rock wall. But not just that, grandpa and daddy put this swing set together.

It’s extra special.

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A few months after setting up the swing set we decided to seal it to keep it in good condition. But after loving this awesome swing set for 3 years, it was starting to look tired and worn down. 

It was time to stain this very loved swing set.

If you have a play set in your backyard than you defiantly know what I’m talking about. Faster than you thought it became faded and worn.

WHY YOU SHOULD STAIN YOUR SWING SET

It doesn’t matter if this play set is 1 year or 3 years old, it was an investment that needs to be taken care of. Not only for our children, but also for the children that move in after us. As much as we love this neighborhood, military usually has other plans.

So we’ll love this house, and take care of it for the next family to enjoy.

HOW TO STAIN A SWING SET

Materials

  • Sand paper 
  • Stain
  • Hose 
  • Paint brush

The first thing we did was sand down any spots that looked like it might make for a good little kid sliver. Since ours was only 3 years old, we didn’t have much, but it’s still good to check.

Take off the rock wall steps.

Hose down your structure of any pollen or bird droppings. Let dry. 

Start with the roof and work your way down. In our case the roof, ladder, rock wall, outside walls and floors needed stain but the inside walls were still in great shape.

Wait to dry, then reattach your rock wall steps. Check the screws to make sure everything is still nice and tight. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO STAIN A SWING SET

To stain this swing set it took about 3 hours from start to finish. Since we didn’t stain the inside walls, it knocked off a little time. 

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HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO COMPLETELY DRY

We chose a nice sunny day to take on this project. We also have no shade in our backyard. Because of that, it took less than two hours to completely dry. 

WHY WE DECIDED TO STAIN THE SWING SET

This swing set was an investment that needs to be taken care of. With a few hours of work and a bit of stain, this swing set is back to looking like new. Ready for another long summer of backyard fun.

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