How to Refinish a Spa Cabinet?

A spa cabinet or the outside surface of a hot tub begins to show its age eventually. Even though it's made from wood, the wood still shows its age.

Although a hot tub is an integral part of the home, it should not be stained or sealed to prevent staining. Instead, the outside should be maintained as an easy way to keep your spa or tub looking its best.

At some point, the beauty of your spa cabinet will eventually lose its luster. This post will show you how to protect it from the elements and keep it looking its best.


Keeping your Spa Cabinet Clean

To keep your spa cabinet clean, you have to think about the area surrounding the spa.

- Shield from sprinklers or roof runoff water.

- Shield from direct sun if longer than a few hours.

- Spray any weeds, keep plants 6" away from cabinet.

- Cover bare ground around spa with gravel, mats or decking.

- Don't let your spa overflow, or allow heavy splash out from the spa.


Refinishing Spa Cabinets

Although spa cabinet can be made from various materials, such as redwood or cedar, they are usually composite plastic. These finishes are easy to clean, and they do not require re-finishing.

Wood cabinets can eventually become faded, chipped, and rotted. They can also start to rot even if they're more resistant to damage. To keep your wood cabinet looking good for a lifetime, follow these five simple steps.



The first step in cleaning a wood spa cabinet is using a stiff brush. It can be done with a toilet brush, floor scrubber, or a push broom. For a good scrubbing, go around the cabinet and top to bottom.

Follow these simple steps to remove dirt from your cabinet or sink: 1) Wash with a wet sponge or hose attachment 2) Clean the cabinet by hand 3) Dry for a good 24 hours prior to the next step.


Step two: repair it

If your wood spa cabinet has hollow areas, you may want to check for loose nails or screws. Also, look for any unusual bowed sections or sections.

Chipped, rotted, or decayed sections of wood can be cut with a razor blade to expose them. They can then be filled with wood filler or any other exterior wall repair patch.


Step three: stain it

If your wood has visible damage or fading, a solid cover stain should hide more imperfections than a semi-transparent or transparent stain. If it is in poor condition, use an exterior paint job to hide its natural color.

Take a photo of your spa color and try and match it to the stain color that's available at your local hardware store.

The smallest jar of stain is usually enough for a spa cabinet. To use, tear off the can label and tape or staple it to a surface inside the cabinet.

Although some bloggers suggest using Linseed Oil, I would only do so if your spa has a dark colored cabinet. This is because it can be hard to control the amount of Linseed Oil that is used.

To achieve the best results, use a clean kitchen sponge, which has been strained to remove any excess stain. When staining, be sure to use a drop cloth and gloves.


Step four: seal it

When it comes to protecting your wood finish, sealing it is an important step. There are many products that are designed to do this, and some of them are all-in-one.

If you don't have a combination stain and sealer, there are many products that can help protect your floors. Look for a product that will last for a long time and won't require reapplications.


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