How Do You Refinish a Wooden Truck Bed?

Refinishing a wooden truck bed is not as difficult as it may seem. While the job may require some specialized tools and skills, it is not beyond the reach of an experienced DIYer.

The first step in refinishing a wooden truck bed is to prepare the surface. This should include removing any old paint or varnish, sanding down any rough spots, and cleaning off dirt and debris. If there are any deep gouges or cracks in the wood, they should be filled with wood putty before proceeding.

Once the surface is prepped, it’s time to apply a primer. This will help protect the wood from moisture and other environmental conditions that can cause it to rot or warp.

After the primer has been applied, you can then apply a stain or sealer to give your truck bed its desired color and finish. It’s important to make sure that you are using products that are designed for outdoor use; otherwise, your new finish won’t last very long.

Applying The Finish

After you have applied the primer and stain or sealer, you are ready to begin applying the finish of your choice. For best results, use a brush-on polyurethane finish that is specifically designed for outdoor furniture and fixtures such as truck beds. Start by applying thin coats of polyurethane with a brush in overlapping strokes; this will help ensure an even coat on all surfaces.

Finishing Touches

Once all coats of polyurethane have been applied, sand lightly between each coat with fine-grit sandpaper. Once all coats have been applied and sanded smooth, your wooden truck bed is ready for use!


Refinishing a wooden truck bed may seem daunting at first but with the right tools and knowledge it can be done easily by any DIYer. It starts with preparing the surface by removing old paint or varnish and cleaning off dirt and debris before applying primer, stain/sealer, and finally several coats of polyurethane finish.

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James Gardner