Painting Outdoor Furniture: What Type of Paint Works Best?

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Summer is here, and your outdoor furniture needs a bit of a sprucing. The weather and sun have taken their toll, and things are looking a bit chipped and faded. A new coat of paint will always do the trick, but the question of which paint to use then quickly comes to mind.

Here, we’ll provide recommendations for the best paint options out there for your outdoor furniture painting needs. We’ll also provide some tips on color selection.

One important thing to be aware of when considering the type of paint you’ll use on your outdoor furniture is that indoor and outdoor paints are not created equal. Moisture from the outdoors can cause indoor paint to chip, so don’t use the same paint you’d use to paint your living room on your outdoor furniture!

Enamel Paint

Enamel paint, resistant to peeling, is the type of paint you want to buy for outdoor furniture.

Enamel paint is the best type of paint to choose. When enamel paint dries, it tends to be harder and glossier, and is less impacted by moisture. Very often, enamel paint is oil-based, but you can also find latex- and water-based enamel paints.

To make the process far easier, Good Housekeeping recommends outdoor spray paints for that faded furniture of yours, with the Krylon brand being the top recommended brand. You can find Krylon paints at Ace Hardware. With many options to choose from, we think the Krylon H20 Latex option is the best bet. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it comes in 21 different colors, is low-odor, and is water-based so it cleans up easily when you’re done!

For those who prefer using the good old brush option, Sherwin Williams Duration Acrylicis a wonderful choice. It is self-priming, mildew-resistant, and is also resistant to blistering and peeling. PermaLast technology enables the paint to last far longer than other outdoor paints. There are also over 1,500 beautiful colors from which to choose.

When picking a paint color for your outdoor furniture, we have a few recommendations. Definitely consider bringing a swatch of your exterior house paint or that of your outdoor furniture fabric along with you when attempting to decide. Try to complement or match whatever swatch you are bringing along for an aesthetically pleasing outcome.

Equally important is the consideration of environmental colors that surround the furniture. What colors are in the natural landscape of flowers and other vegetation? Do you have a stone wall or patio? You want your outdoor furniture to blend nicely with the environment in which it sits, so consider the many elements of that environment when picking your paint color.

Instead of spending a bunch of money buying new outdoor furniture for your patio or deck this year, consider just giving it a new coat of paint. You’ll save money and your furniture will look almost as good as new! Don’t forget to bring a swatch of your outdoor furniture’s fabric with you when you head to the paint store, and to consider other environmental factors when selecting a paint. Also, be sure to choose enamel paints—these hold up to moisture far better than latex paints.

Happy painting to you!

Cara Aley is a freelance writer who covers a variety of topics ranging from digital marketing strategy to daily reputation management.

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