paint tired plastic outdoor furniture

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Understanding how to paint your plastic outdoor furniture will keep them looking fresh and inviting all year long. Old patio furniture that has lost its shine makes the whole yard look run down. It would cost a fortune to replace the patio furniture annually. A fresh coat of paint instantly improves how it looks and may extend its useful life for years.

Any type of patio furniture that is exposed to the weather will require periodic maintenance to keep it looking good. Plastic furniture will fade, scratch, and weather over time. A fresh coat of paint may not make it look brand new, but it will make it look much prettier.

The process begins with thoroughly cleaning each piece and ends with a finishing coat of clear paint to lock the color down.




I've owned this pair of sturdy plastic chaise lounges for 20 years. They are heavy duty and we use them all summer around the pool. I've kept them because they are sturdy. They also are amazingly comfortable and friends and family tell me each season that they can't believe how well these chairs have held up to under Florida's sun. Every year I apply a fresh coat of paint and purchase new cushions for them and that investment carries me through the next summer. New chairs of this quality could easily cost me $200.00 or more. The paint and chair cushions (that I always buy on sale when the local stores are clearing their summer shelves) costs less than $100.00.

Supplies Needed

Rustoleum 2x paint and primer for plastic

Rustoleium Clear Enamel

A bucket and a microfiber sponge for cleaning,

A good sturdy brush for removing any nasty bird or lizard residue.

Dishwashing soap.

Latex gloves.


Step by Step Instructions

Clean your furniture. Fill the bucket with approximately 1 tablespoon dishwashing soap to 1 gallon of hot water. Use the scrub brush to remove any impacted dirt, bird, or animal droppings. Thoroughly rinse when done.

Let the chairs dry completely. I wait for 24-hours before trying to apply paint.

You don't want to paint on a windy day. This cuts down on the potential of overspray on surfaces where you're painting and it keeps dust and leaves from landing on fresh, wet paint.

Purchase paint that is specific for covering plastic. My chair with the footstool required 6 cans of paint. If you're changing colors, try to find the paint with a primer included.

Spread a drop cloth down or move the furniture to sodded areas. You definitely want to protect your patio, garage, driveway from overspray. Some paint will end up on the drop cloth even if it's a cloudless, breezeless day.

Turn the furniture over and start on the bottom and back.

Shake the can until the bearings flow without resistance (takes about 3 minutes). When you think you've shaken it enough, add another 60 seconds.

Apply spray paint in short bursts covering all visible surfaces. Using short bursts keeps drips and streaks to a minimum. Periodically turn the can upside down and press the nozzle to clear any excess paint. If the paint isn't flowing easily stop and shake the can again.

Allow 30-45 minutes between coats for drying.

Apply the second coat to the same area and allow another 30-45 minutes for drying.

Inspect the new finish for bare spots or uneven streaks. If you're happy with this side, turn the furniture over and repeat these steps on the front.

After all of the surfaces are painted and the paint is fully dry, apply a top coat of Rustoleum 2x clear coat. Start on the bottom and back of the piece and then proceed to the top/front allowing the clear coat to dry before you turn the furniture.

The topcoat should be dry to the touch within 2 hours. I like to move my pieces into the garage for another 24-hours until the paint and topcoat are fully dry before exposing them to any weather.



Painting plastic outdoor furniture is an easy do-it-yourself project. A lot of people still replace their patio chairs and tables yearly because of weathering and wear. That was common until paint companies engineered a paint product designed to adhere to plastics. Now several brands of paint specifically meant for plastic furniture are available under many different brand names.

Completing a few easy preparations will guarantee your paint job is a success. Begin with a completely clean surface and allow the time for the paint to dry between steps. Repainting plastic furniture will extend the life of your furniture for years and save you a lot of money and time.

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