There are certain things you need to know when preparing your patio furniture for painting. First, you need to know the preparatory steps to take, and the type of paint to use for different patio furniture material.
Although the process of repainting your patio furniture can sometimes be stressful, you can reduce a lot of that stress by being prepared. In this article, we’ll look at how you can paint your paint your patio furniture easily.
What tools do you need to get ready
The items you’ll need for the paint process will depend on the state of the furniture (if it’s old, new, painted wood, plastic, painted metal), and the type of paint you plan on using.
If you’re using a brush-on paint, you may want to apply a primer before adding the fresh coat paint. Always use a quality paintbrush to prime your furniture, and for cleanup, use a rag or a drop cloth.
If the furniture has some peeling paint, remove it immediately for better adhesion. You can use steel wool, scraper, sandpaper, stripper, or wire brush to remove it. Use a tack cloth to dust off residue when you’re done. If you’re sanding a latex paint, you can replace the tack cloth with a simple damp rag.
How to prepare different patio furniture materials for painting
Depending on the material the patio furniture was made from, you may not need a primer. You may also use aerosol when prepping as it dries faster and won’t require cleaning. Additionally, aerosols usually give a factory style, airbrushed finish, if you apply it correctly. The airbrushed finish looks better than when you use a brush-on paint.
If the furniture is made from bare wood, you’ll need a primer to seal the wood before you paint because the wood surface is usually porous. The primer helps to give it a nice smooth finish.
What kind of paint should you use for patio furniture?
Before you start painting, make sure you follow the instructions on the product to ensure it adheres properly to the surface.
If you’re painting plastic patio furniture, you should always use paint explicitly designed for plastic and hard-to-bond surfaces. It adheres better. Most all-purpose paints will conform to every other surface but plastic surface.
Spray paints usually give rattan or wicker a better finish because it gets into the grooves easier. It’s easier to use aerosol and not paint brush to paint Muskoka chairs. Spray paints make it easier and faster to paint Muskoka chairs, and the best part, there’s no brush to clean.
What to do to prevent rust
Use specially designed paint for metal patio furniture that is susceptible to rusting. They usually contain rust protection so look for products labeled “rust inhibiting” or “rust proofing.”
Because of the constant climate change, you also have to consider the effects that UV rays will have on the furniture. These rays are harmful to the skin as well as your patio furniture.
Look for paints that come with UV protection. It’ll help to protect the furniture from the effects of harsh weather conditions. If you’re not using your furniture especially during fall and winter months, you should store them in a dry place. If you don’t have a storage space, you can purchase different types of tarps and covers to protect your patio furniture.
What are the best painting methods to use?
The method you use for painting depends entirely on you and what you’re comfortable it. However, certain surfaces like rattan and wicker have a better finish when you spray them as opposed to brushing.