Painting Outdoor Furniture

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Painting Outdoor Furniture

When undertaking a DIY project, there are usually a few things to consider. Add tempermental weather to the list and suddenly that little list has multiplied. How do you prepare your furniture for painting? What type of paint do you use? How does it differ for different types of material?Though the process of painting outdoor furniture may seem daunting now, the best way to go about a DIY job is to be prepared. We talked to an expert at Canadian Tire to do just that. Michael Bache, Category Business Manager at Canadian Tire, shares his prepping and painting how tos to help put your DIY nerves at ease. 1 What supplies will you need for prepping and painting?Depending on the state of the furniture (e.g. new wood, old plastic, painted metal, painted wood) and the type of paint chosen, a variety of items should be considered.If using brush-on paint, consider using a primer before applying a new fresh coat of colour. When priming your furniture, make sure to use a good quality paintbrush and rags or drop cloths for clean-up. However, if you’re using Krylon® Fusion™ no primer is required.If repainting a metal or wood surface that has loose peeling paint, it must be removed for best adhesion. You can use sandpaper, steel wool, wire brush, scraper, or a stripper. You may require a tack cloth to clean up dust residue when sanding. If sanding a latex paint, a simple damp rag will work just fine.2 Do these steps differ when prepping different materials, such as metal, plastic, wicker or wood? Yes. Some products don’t require primer, saving you a prep step. Using an aerosol is a benefit, too, as you also save a step in the prep. It generally dries faster and doesn’t require clean-up since no paint brushes are involved. Even better, aerosols tend to give a factory style, air brush finish when applied properly, as opposed to a brush-on paint. Bare wood generally requires a primer to seal the wood prior to painting as the surface is porous. The primer is used to provide a nice, smooth finish. Krylon Dual saves a step on both bare wood and metal since it primes and paints in one easy step. This saves time and allows people to have more time enjoying their furniture and less time prepping it! 3 What type of paint should you use for outdoor furniture?Always follow the directions on the label for specific product use. This will ensure proper adhesion to your surface. Plastic patio furniture should only have a paint specifically designed to adhere to plastic and hard-to-bond surfaces. Many general purpose paints can adhere to most surfaces except plastic.For wicker or rattan, spray paints tend to make a nicer finish and easily gets into the grooves. Muskoka chairs are also easier to paint when using an aerosol as opposed to a paint brush. Now there’s even an aerosol wood stain by Krylon. Spray stains make fast work of Muskoka chairs and planters – no brushes to clean up either. 5 What about rust prevention?Paint designed especially for metal surfaces tends to add rust protection into the paint – make sure the paint says “rust proofing” or “rust inhibiting”. As our climate changes, U.V. rays are also a consideration – they’re hard on our skin and our exterior patio furniture! Some paints actually have U.V. protection in their paint. This will help protect your finish to resist harsh weather conditions. We suggest storing patio furniture during the fall and winter months when not in use. If space is a problem, a variety of covers and tarps are available to help protect your investment. 6 What are the best painting methods to use?Much of this is personal preference. However, some surfaces, like wicker and rattan, have a nicer finish when sprayed versus brushing.7 What kind of finish, if any, should you use?Most paint companies offer a variety of finishes to choose from – satin, gloss, textured, metallic, hammered, and more. As long as you use an appropriate paint for your exterior surface and follow the instructions, you should achieve the finish you want. The really nice thing about the variety of paints and finishes available is that people can turn “garage sale finds” into treasures. Mixing and matching old and new creates a different and personalized patio set.8 How many coats should you useFollow the instructions on the can, however many paints suggest two coats. When painting remember this rule of thumb: Thinner coats are better than thicker coats. Thinner coats dry faster and produce a harder finish. 9 What should you look for in a brush?Is it the right paint brush for your paint? Oil-based paints generally have different bristles than latex paints. The brush label will specify this.Is the paint brush the right size to do your project? If you are painting furniture, smaller brushes may be better. Ensure it fits into your paint container.A roller can be great for large flat surfaces, like a tabletop. This can help reduce brush marks, too!10 How does climate affect the painting process?Weather is a big factor. For the most part, if you’re getting a sunburn and sweating, it’s probably too hot to paint. This will cause the paint to dry too fast. If it’s too windy and you’re using an aerosol paint, your paint may dissipate before it reaches the surface. Either wait for the wind to die down or use cardboard to build a spray tunnel. Humidity can affect the paint’s dry time, which leaves more time for surface imperfections to take place on your finish. In general, 21ºC and about 50% humidity are ideal conditions for painting. 12 Any last tips?Remember to protect other surfaces if working outside by using masking tape and drop cloths. Most importantly, regardless of your project, remember to always read product labels thoroughly and follow directions.

Painting Outdoor Furniture

Painted Garden Benches If you have a few pieces of old, wooden furniture lying around, you can turn them into beautiful pieces for your garden or patio with just a few coats of paint. A brightly colored bench or stool is perfect for reading under a tree, but you can use the techniques in the gallery to paint any wooden furniture including shelves and cabinets for storing gardening supplies. With a little bit of work and a small budget you can have a whole new piece of outdoor furniture. Supplies Here’s what you need to refurbish furniture for outdoor use: sturdy wooden furniture / paint brushes and/or a paint roller / sand paper and an electric sander / a soft, clean cloth / painter’s tape / a drop cloth / exterior latex based primer and paint, a pint is usually enough to cover an average sized piece of furniture. Choosing Furniture You may have some old benches or other furniture lying around that you want to repaint for use outdoors, or you may want to buy something to use. Either way, be sure your piece of furniture is sturdy. If a bench is falling apart at the seams, a new coat of paint won’t help, but as long as the furniture is structurally sound you can turn even the most worn out pieces into something beautiful. Initial Sanding Before you start priming and painting, you will need to prep the surface of your furniture by sanding it. If there is any varnish on the surface of the wood you need to sand it until the shine is gone, but you don’t have to strip it down to the bare wood unless you want to. If you don’t have an electric sander you can sand by hand, it will just take much longer. Wipe Clean Once you’ve sanded the entire surface, use a cloth to wipe away all of the dust. You may want to use a damp cloth in the crevices to be sure you’ve removed all the sanding residue. Priming Now that your surface is sanded and clean, it’s time to prime. Choose a quality exterior latex primer in a dark color if you are using dark paints, and a light color if you are using light paints. Although it can be tempting to skip this step and go right to painting, if you don’t prime your furniture the paint will go on blotchy and will chip off easily later. Don’t Forget The Underside! When you are painting furniture that will be outside, you need to be sure you cover the entire surface with primer and paint. This means that when the top is primed and dry, flip your bench upside down and prime the underside. Seal every inch of exposed wood, even if you’ll never see it when the bench is upright. Touch Up Sanding Once your primer is completely dry, give your furniture another quick sanding. It’s best to do this sanding by hand so you don’t remove the primer. Your goal is is to smooth down any little splinters that may have popped up during priming. Paint! Now that your primer is on, dry and sanded, you are finally ready for painting. You can use a roller to cover large areas quickly and touch up smaller areas with a brush. Just like with the primer, be sure to cover the entire surface with paint. Let the first coat of paint dry for at least 6 hours and apply a second coat to be sure your furniture is completely sealed. Adding Stripes If you’d like to add stripes to your bench, wait at least a day for your first layer of paint to dry. Then use painter’s tape to mark off stripes on the surface of your bench. Use two different sizes of tape to get a variety of stripes, or stick with one tape width and measure carefully for perfectly uniform stripes. Finished Stripes Once you’ve painted your stripes, pull the tape off immediately. You don’t need to wait for the paint to fully dry before removing the tape as long as you peel it off gently. The sooner you remove the tape, the less likely it is to pull up the paint underneath. Touch up any spots if necessary and let the paint dry. Then your bench is ready to use. Adding Leaves If you’d like a more organic feel, skip the stripes and paint some flowers on your bench. Begin with a layer of leaves to create a nice base for the flowers. Choose a dark green paint and light green or yellow paint and mix them to create a bit of depth to your leaves. Adding Flowers Choose a color for your flowers and use a dark shade a light shade. We used dark and light pink. Blend the colors in your brush and paint short, thick strokes in a spiral shape. Let your strokes get thicker and longer as you go outward to create the illusion of a rose. Try to vary the sizes of your flowers a little, and create little buds around the edges for added interest. Finishing Touches Add any highlights you’d like with a small brush to finish. Consider adding a few yellow dots to the centers of your flowers, and sprinkle a few over the bench as finishing touches. Finished Floral Bench Once the paint is dry, your bench is ready for its place in the garden or on the patio. To keep your benches looking their best, keep them out of direct sunlight and rain. If your bench must be in a place where water tends to gather, raise it up off the ground with a couple of large paving stones to keep the wood from warping. Repaint every two years to keep the wood strong and sealed.

Painting Outdoor Furniture

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Painting Outdoor Furniture

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Painting Outdoor Furniture
Painting Outdoor Furniture
Painting Outdoor Furniture