Play Structure

Overview

Staining Play Structure

Play structures are wonderful investments for your family. They provide countless hours of enjoyment for children. A few hours of maintenance, is important in order to extend the life. To keep your wooden outdoor play structure looking good for years to come, apply stain or waterproof coating on it every 1 - 2 years to prevent water penetration and maintain its beauty. Also complete routine safety checks of all the swings, railings, slides, ladders and ropes for safe operation.

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.

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ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • Drop Cloth
  • Screw driver
  • Hammer
  • Replacement boards (if necessary)
  • Mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Pressure Washer
  • Stain/Sealer
  • Rags
  • Touch-up brush
  • Extension cord
Step by Step

Preparing and cleaning the surface is one of the most important parts of the staining process. Follow these simple steps to ensure your job looks great and lasts for years to come

Step 1

Inspect the wood framing for any splinters, large cracks, rough spots, sharp edges, mold, mildew or decay that may occur due to wear and usage. If required, you should sand them down and make them smooth. 

Step 2

Check over the boards that are damaged and may need to be replaced or repaired. If necessary, make any fixes.

Preparing and cleaning the surface is one of the most important parts of the staining process. Follow these simple steps to ensure your job looks great and lasts for years to come

Step 3

Remove all the furniture, flowers pots, toys, tables, cover the sand box etc. that are near the play structure so the working area is clear. Keep all children away from the working area during the course of the project.

Step 4

Pressure wash the surface of the play structure and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Examine all the wood and make sure it is clean. Hand sand areas that need additional attention.

Now that you've completed the prep work, you're ready to begin staining

Step 1

Choose a quality stain. Determine how much you will need for the project and what color will look the best. Understand if you want an oil or water-based product. They provide equal protection, but will have different clean-up procedures to consider, along with the price of the products. In general water-based products will go on thinner and may need additional coats to get the same protection as oil-based products.

Step 2

Cover all areas that will not be stained, swings, railings, slides etc. Using a spray shield or piece of cardboard will block any stain from getting to unwanted areas. Selecting a Wagner Control Spray will provide superior control and low overspray and deliver quality results.

Now that you've completed the prep work, you're ready to begin staining

Step 3

Start spraying on cardboard or scrap wood to get a feel for the sprayer and flow settings. Once you are comfortable, work in a consistent pattern and cover the surface.

Step 4

Clean up the sprayer and properly store any remaining material.

Additional Maintenance for a Play Structure

During the regular usage season, twice a month, make sure the play structure is safe for kids. Inspect all the nuts and bolts to assure that they are not missing, loose, or exposed. It is particularly important to check and tighten all bolts at the beginning of the season.

Check the swing elements, swings, chains, and slides monthly for wear, cracks or deterioration. Inspect for any rust or chipped paint on any of the metal components. Replace these parts at the first sign of deterioration.

Inspect for any missing or damaged equipment components such as handrails, guide rails, and swing seats.

If you live in an area where the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or if the play structure is not going to be used, remove the swings and canopies to prolong the life of those items.

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