Painting garden furniture is an easy task that you can make as a DIY or a Do It Yourself project. But before doing so, you have to make sure that you have everything you need. The key in making a DIY project a success is to be prepared. So before buying paint and taking out your brush and rollers, make sure that you read these handy painting tips.
The weather is one of the first things that you have to check if you are planning do some outdoor painting job. Check the weather forecast on that day and the next few days to come. If it says that the sun will be shining high and bright, then you can push your plan through, but if the clouds are starting to turn gray and rain is about to fall, then you may want to postpone your painting project.
If you want, you can take the garden furniture that need repainting inside your garage or your house, but these will of course take additional effort and time, not to mention an overcrowded space.
If the weather is too windy, then that might be not a good time to spray paint garden furniture either. Generally, a temperature of 21 ºC with a humidity of 50% is the best weather condition to do your garden painting.
The Painting Materials
The things that you need will depend on the state of your furniture and the materials they are made of, whether they are made of wood, plastic or metal. If you are going to repaint a wood or metal furniture that has a peeling or loose paint, it is better to remove the old paint first for better adhesion. You can use steel wool, sandpaper, wire brush scraper or stripper to remove the old peeling paint. If you are sanding a latex paint, a simple damp rag can do the work.
If you are going to use brush-on paint, you should consider using a primer first before applying a fresh coat of paint. When priming, you should use a paintbrush with good quality. Make sure that you choose the right kind of brush for the paint that you are going to use. Oil-based paints usually require a different bristle than latex paint, and the label of the brush will specify this. You can use a roller when painting flat surfaces like tabletops. This is to help minimize brush marks.
The Type of Paint You Should Use
If you have plastic garden furniture, use paint that is specifically designed to stick with hard to bond or plastic surfaces. If you have wicker or rattan furniture, spray paint tends to get into the grooves easily and have a better, neater looking finish. For metal furniture, it would be better to use paints that are rust-proof. Read the directions on the label for a better use of the product, this is to ensure proper adhesion to your furniture’s surface.
So there you go, a few handy tips to help you out in your garden furniture painting. It’s time to roll your sleeves. Have fun!