15 Tips for Painting Outdoor Furniture
This year, consider giving your outdoor furniture a fresh look with paint. Whether you're working with wood, metal or plastic outdoor furniture, here are 15 tips to consider when taking on this DIY task.
If your furniture is metal, remove all the rust before painting. You can do this without chemicals—you’ll just need to grind, scour and sand off the rust with a tool such as a sander, oscillating tool or drill.
Remove Loose Paint
If you’re painting or staining wood or metal, you’ll need to remove any loose or peeling paint from both the furniture and any hardware before applying on a new coat. Try using sandpaper and a little elbow grease for this job.
Spray Paint Patio Furniture
If you’re using spray paint for outdoor furniture, you can skip the primer. However, to achieve a top-quality spray paint job, follow these tips. Conventional spray paints work best for painting outdoor furniture made of wicker, wood and metal. There is special spray paint formulated for outdoor plastic furniture.
Depending on where you live, you may need more protection from the elements when painting outdoor furniture. Some paints have ultraviolet protection. If painting metal, consider using a paint that is rust inhibiting. Staining is also an option that holds up well to the elements.
How Many Coats?
A common rule of thumb is to use two coats of paint or stain, although consider any instructions on the can. Apply thinner coats because they will dry faster.
Choose a Color
Your options are endless when it comes to choosing a paint color. One easy way to choose color is to go with something that compliments your home’s exterior. If you’re unsure about paint color combinations, use the color wheel method: Pick colors that are directly across from each other.
Before you get started painting your outdoor furniture, remove the hardware (if possible) from the furniture. If you get paint on the hardware, you can remove paint with a hot water bath.
Consider the Weather
If you can, paint in the fall or even during the winter when you’re not using the furniture. Paint may dry too fast in the summer heat. If you have to paint inside, make sure your workspace is well ventilated.
Try Something Different
For a unique look, use painters tape or masking tape to create a design on a tabletop. Choose two or three colors to paint patterns.