Use outdoor patio paint to rejuvenate old yard furniture

Atlanta residents love their yards, and using outdoor patio paint is a great way to rejuvenate your...

Atlanta residents love their yards, and using outdoor patio paint is a great way to rejuvenate your backyard and outdoor patio area. In the spring, many people start painting projects to get their yards ready for summer fun. Getting the patio ready for summer includes making sure the patio furniture is safe and ready for use. Keep reading, and you will learn specific steps to make your old furniture look new again.

Research cost

Why: It's important to research costs for any project that you undertake, no matter how large or small. It just makes sense to know the cost of all the supplies and materials for the project before starting the project. That way there will be no surprises. Materials that you should add to the cost estimate include the following: sandpaper or a sanding sponge, a bucket with dish soap, car sponges with gloves to wash down furniture, and of course the primer and spray paint. Also, don't forget the drop cloths to protect the patio and areas surrounding the patio.

Tip: The best method for painting uneven-shaped outdoor furniture surfaces is to use spray paint.

Use protection

Why: Paint fumes are harmful. Use protection on your face and body when using outdoor patio paint. It is best to wear a face mask so you will not have to smell the paint, especially in Atlanta where it is very hot and humid in the summer. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from chemical products. Also, be sure to wear long pants and long sleeves to keep the paint from getting on you. Also, you never know--you may have an allergic reaction to some of the products. Be sure to wear goggles or some sort of glasses to protect your eyes.

Remove old paint

Why: This is an important first step in the painting process. Get rid of any cushions or coverings from the furniture and place them aside. Then clean the furniture surface using a damp sponge or cloth. Be sure to choose a paint stripper to make the job easier. Paint strippers are usually available in liquid or aerosol. Additionally, brush on paint strippers. Applied in heavy coats, they will take off multiple layers of paint at a time. Furthermore, don't throw away strippers that you did not use, as you can use them in the future for other projects. Make sure to close the container tightly so the strippers are reuseable. Be sure to dispose of used strippers, paint and old paint brushes by putting them in a sealed container. Finally, call your local sanitation department to make sure you know the proper procedure to dispose of materials.

More pre-paint work

Preparing the paint surface is the key to longevity for outdoor paint in Atlanta. Once paint is gone, use fillers for holes or dents in the furniture. The filler will need time to dry, and that may take an hour or so. Next, use some sandpaper to gently smooth out the areas that have filler. The goal is to get the filled in areas even with the rest of the furniture surface. Finally, spray primer on the outdoor patio furniture. Primer will allow the paint to have a more solid and even color. Also, primer will help you avoid paint drips. The primer should dry for about 10 minutes before applying the top coat of paint.

Time to paint

Why: Most of the hard work is complete. The easy part is the painting. Make sure you have put down a drop cloth to protect what is underneath and the surrounding areas. Now, you can use the paint on the furniture to make it look like new. Just take the spray paint and spray it lightly so it will go evenly on all the furniture. Do not paint too close to the furniture because the paint can drip. Let the paint dry for at least 10 minutes. Then apply a second coat. Be sure to let the second coat dry for around 30 minutes before using the furniture and putting the cushions back.

Who to contact for help

You can always call a handyman or painter to do the work if you feel it's a job you don't have time to do. Make sure the furniture treatment and paint are correct the first time, as it will be subject to year-round climates and elements. Use Kudzu to search for a contract painter or handyman in your area. Or do the work yourself. Painting outdoor furniture takes a little effort and a few supplies to help you complete the task in no time.

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