Outdoor Design Photos
If you’ve just brought your patio chairs and tables up from the basement or out from the garage, you may have discovered that they don’t look as fresh and new as you would like. If you want to invest a couple of hours, rather than several hundred dollars for new furniture, you can get a fresh new look with a bit of spray paint.
Spray paint has improved over the years. It used to be available only in a few standard primary colors. But over the past couple of years, companies like Rust-Oleum and Krylon have developed a wide range of interesting colors. You’re no longer limited to the standard primary red, white, and navy when choosing a color scheme. For example, Moss Green and Taupe, Colonial or Berry Red and a range of five different blues and three different hues of yellow make it easy to create an entirely new look for outdoor living.
Tips for Spray-Painting Like a Pro
The following are tips to make the job easier and longer lasting so you won’t have to go through this process again next year.
1. Painting outdoors is ideal and it’s best to do this when the temperature is above fifty degrees.
2. All loose rust and paint needs to be removed with a wire brush or sandpaper. Glossy surfaces need to be lightly sanded to keep the paint from “sliding” and allow for good bonding.
3. Built up dirt, oil, and grease can impair the paint’s adhesion and cause peeling. Clean your furniture with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Let dry completely.
4. For an extra long-lasting finish, you might use a primer before the top coat. There are different spray primers for different surfaces, such as rusty metal primer, clean metal primer, aluminum and wood primer.
5. Shake the aerosol can vigorously for about a minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle, and shake often during use. Probably the biggest mistake most people make when spray-painting is that they hold the can too close to the object and they don’t keep moving it back and forth. The only way to get a really smooth finish without drips is by holding the can twelve to sixteen inches from the surface and spraying in a steady back-and-forth motion overlapping each stroke. Always keep the can in motion and apply two or more light coats a few minutes apart rather than one heavy coat.
6. Give the piece about two to four hours for drying to touch. It will take about five or six hours to dry for handling. But it’s best to leave it drying overnight before using it.
7. When finished, turn the can upside down and spray until no paint comes out. This will clear the nozzle for the next use.