With the cost of furnishings being what they are, many people decide to refurbish old pieces to extend their life and add visual interest to rooms and outdoor seating areas. However, there are some caveats to keep in mind when it’s time to paint outdoor wood furniture.
Stripping Off Old Paint
Peeling and cracked paint can leave room for moisture to get to the wood. This moisture can cause the furniture to mold or rot, which can make for a nasty surprise when a piece gives way under someone’s weight. Use a good quality paint stripper outdoors and make sure every last vestige of old paint and vanish is removed. It may be necessary to use cotton swabs to reach some areas. Some people also like to remove all of the hardware and strip them separately so they can be shined and polished before they are reattached. if there are several layers of old paint, this step can take quite awhile but it is necessary to get a good, smooth result.
Sanding the Bare Wood
After all of the paint is gone, there may be some uneven spots in the wood. Using fine-grain sandpaper, gently sand off these spots. If the wood is very smooth, lightly sanding the entire surface can make it easier for the new paint to cling. Be very careful not to create divots in the wood by pressing too hard, and don’t use an electrical sander unless it is truly necessary.
Laying the Base Coat
Most paints will require several coats, but the first coat will be the most important. Using a quality brush that does not shed its bristles, apply a very thin first coat of paint to the furniture. It may be necessary to do this in stages to reach all areas of the furniture without smearing the wet paint. Should any paint drip where it isn’t wanted, wipe it up immediately with a damp towel. Drips and runs will look terrible once they are dry.
The Top Coat
Most paints will completely cover wood furniture in just two thin coats. After the base coat is completely dry, apply a second coat. Use all of the same care and precautions as with the first coat to create a smooth, professional look. Be critical with the top coat, as this is the layer that guests will see. Wipe away any errant paint and use tweezers or fingernails to pick off any bristles that come loose from the paintbrush.
Once the top coat is dry, the furniture is ready to be placed in its customary space and enjoyed by everyone! While painting outdoor furniture can seem daunting at first, following these steps will lead to beautiful, protected furniture the whole family will enjoy with guests for years to come.
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