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Jun 13

DIY Tips: Painting Outdoor Furniture, How To

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While the core business at College Pro Painters is exterior residential painting, many of our customers ask us questions about painting other things in their outdoor spaces, such as lawn furniture.  Here are some tips to help you in your own at home project.

Wooden Furniture

Ensure wood is dry, and free of mold and mildew. To get rid of mold and mildew, use a homemade solution (one part bleach, three parts water). Let wood dry fully before beginning.DIY Tips: Painting Outdoor Wooden Furniture, How To

  1. 1.     Scrape & sand the surface until wood is smooth and rid of any old finish.
  2. 2.     Prime wood using an outdoor wood primer (Sherwin Williams Latex Wood Primer)
  3. 3.     Coat the furniture with one or two coats of outdoor wood paint. Allow furniture to dry inside to avoid wind and dirt contact.
  4. 4.     For most outdoor furniture, application with a 4” cloth Whizz roller is best – using your brush to catch any edges that can’t be reached by the small roller.


Alternatively – some homeowners prefer the wear of a stain over paint on exterior wood furniture.  Despite popular belief, many solid stains come in a wide variety of colors (Dulux Wood Pride Solid Hide Stain).  If staining, follow the same steps as above, except for step 2 – no priming needed for stain.


Not sure if your furniture was previously coated in paint or stain?

  • Paint tends to have some level of sheen: look in areas with the least sun exposure to see if any sheen remains.  If so, your furniture has paint.
  • Paint chips and peels as it ages and fails
  • Stain is flat of sheen – and should feel like fine sandpaper to the touch
  • Stain wears into the wood grain as it fails, rather than chipping and peeling like paint

Metal Furniture

DIY Tips - Painting Outdoor Metal Furniture How To

  1. Remove dirt and peeling paint/rust with steel wool, an emery cloth, or a wire brush. Wipe surface with a cloth dampened with turpentine.
  2. Coat with a metal primer or a rust retardant.
  3. Paint furniture with an outdoor enamel paint (Sherwin-Williams Powdura).
  4. Allow furniture to dry inside to avoid wind and dirt contact.
  5. If desired, coat furniture in a protective finish once paint is fully dry (which can take a few days).


If you’d prefer to have your furniture painted by someone else, contact College Pro Painters for a free estimate – we do it all when it comes to residential exterior painting:  1-800-32-PAINT,

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