Painting Your Wooden Patio Furniture In Five Easy Steps
Painting your wooden patio furniture is can be easily accomplished with the right tools and instructions. In order to properly paint your wooden furniture, gather the listed materials and follow the five easy steps below.
Tools and Materials Needed
• Protective gear, such as goggles and a dust mask;
• A couple of paint brushes;
• Wood Primer;
• Tack cloth;
• Latex enamel paint;
• Mineral spirits;
• Wood filler, and;
• Medium and light sandpaper
Step 1 –Sand the Furniture
Sand the surface of your furniture with the medium sandpaper until you achieve the smooth finish that you desire. Be sure to use your protective gear and your gloves while working. If you cannot fix an uneven surface with the sandpaper, use the wood filler in order prevent the paint from pooling when it is applied. After you apply wood filler, be sure to sand it again in those spots to ensure a smooth finish.
Step 2 – Remove Dust and Other Debris from the Furniture
Wipe the furniture clean of all the debris caused by the sanding process using the tack cloth and mineral spirits. If you happen to have a vacuum with an extendable hose, using it to remove stray debris is a great option. Be sure that all of the debris is removed before applying the wood primer.
Step 3 – Apply Wood Primer
Apply a liberal coat of wood primer to the furniture using one of your paint brushes. Allow 1 to 2 hours for the primer to dry or until such time that the primer feels dry when touched. This is an important which helps the paint adhere to the furniture and adds an extra layer of protection from the elements.
Step 4 – Sand the Furniture Once More
Use the light sandpaper to smooth any rough spots that are left after the application of the primer. Use the tack cloth to remove any debris caused by the sanding of the primer.
Step 5 – Paint Your Patio Furniture
Last, apply the first coat of paint with your other paint brush on the surface of your furniture. Allow for the first coat of paint to dry for at least 6 hours. Be sure to let the first coat dry thoroughly. Then, apply a second coat and allow to dry for the same amount as the first coat. You may want to add another coat or two of paint for a bit of added protection from the outdoor elements. After you have painting the desired amount of coats, be sure to allow the furniture to dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours before using it.