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How to Paint Your Garden Furniture Whatever the Material

If your garden furniture is looking tired and worn out, instead of buying a new set, refresh it with protective paint and a splash of colour. With a weatherproof formula designed to protect against the elements, Dulux Weathershield is the best paint for your outdoor furniture.

Choose from a range of colours, from vibrant bright shades to pastel ice cream hues, and your outdoor wooden and metal furniture will soon look as good as new. Follow our easy step-by-step guide and prepare to be wowed by the results.

How to Paint Your Outdoor Wood Furniture

To paint your wooden tables and chairs, you will need: 

 
 

Step 1: Lay a dust sheet beneath the area you will be working in to prevent any paint spillages from staining your floor. Then scrape and sand off any flaking paint, mould or surface residue before thoroughly cleaning the furniture with soap and a sponge, and allow the area to dry.

Step 2: If working on previously treated or painted wood surfaces, move on to step 3, but if you’re working with new or bare wood surfaces, prepare them by painting on two coats of Dulux Primer with a clean paintbrush, leaving two hours between coats before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Lightly sand the surface down and dust with a cloth before applying two coats of our Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Undercoat, and leave two hours for it to dry before moving on to step 4.

Step 4: Using a brush, evenly apply a coat of Dulux Weathershield Exterior paint, working with the grain for a smooth finish. Wait two hours for your topcoat to dry.

Step 5: If you’re using a darker colour to paint your outdoor furniture, do a second coat.

Step 6: Once you’re finished, try and remove as much paint from the brushes as possible before rinsing with water. Wait a day before using your revamped garden furniture to ensure that it’s completely dry.

Now that you’ve seen how easy painting can be, explore the Weathershield Inspiration hub for future DIY projects. You’ll have the home of your dreams in no time.

Outdoor furniture waterproofing

Following the three-step Dulux Weathershield System, comprising priming and painting undercoats and topcoats, will ensure that your newly-painted outdoor garden furniture is waterproof, ensuring that it lasts for longer. Our weatherproof paints protect against mould growth, and the flexible formula resists against cracking so that your hard work doesn’t go to waste – and if there is weather damage within 10 years, you’re guaranteed the value of a replacement product.

How to Paint Your Metal Garden Furniture

Painting metal garden furniture is just as easy. Whether you’re working on chairs, tables or other outdoor accessories, transform discarded pieces into vibrant focal points of your garden with our step-by-step guide below.

While metal furniture that’s left outdoors can be prone to weather damage, Dulux Weathershield paints prevent algae, moss and staining so that your garden décor remains protected for longer.

You will need:

 
 

Step 1: Place your dust sheet under the area you will be working in to avoid the floor being stained by stray paint splatters.

Step 2:  You’ll then need to prepare your surfaces by thoroughly cleaning, sanding and scraping the metal garden furniture to remove any dirt and flaking paint. This will ensure a smoother finish.

Step 3: Use fungicidal wash for any algae that has grown. Wear gloves to apply it, before leaving for 24 hours and washing off with water.

Step 4: For bare metal, apply two coats of the Dulux Primer & Undercoat for Multi Surfaces, which acts as a two-in-one primer and undercoat, with a clean paintbrush. For previously painted and treated metal, use the Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Undercoat. This step helps towards ensuring your painted furniture is waterproof and weather-proof. Leave two hours for this to dry.

Step 5: Now, paint your topcoat onto your metal garden furniture using Dulux Weathershield Exterior paint in the shade and finish of your choice.

Step 6: Apply a second coat if you’re using a darker hue for your furniture.

Step 7: Your paint will need at least six hours to completely dry. It should now be looking brand new and ready to debut at your next garden party.

With your freshly painted garden furniture set to be the envy of your guests, and guaranteed to last for years to come, explore our exterior paint collection to get started. Choosing the right paint for your outdoor wood and furniture is simple to do with our Dulux Weathershield products and you’ll be wishing you’d done it sooner!

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