Asked on Dec 10, 2018

How can I paint garden furniture?

SusyDTiffany from Dream Design DIYJan Clark


Different material, the same colour. I would like to be able to paint wooden seats, some cast iron, steel furniture, plastic pots, tyres, bricks, and some unglazed pots in the same selection of colours, maximum of four, cream, pink, seagrass, and one other, possibly terracotta.

These are for wood.

6 answers
  • Em
    on Dec 10, 2018

    Go to Home Depot or Lowe's paint counter. Each item uses a special type of paint for best results. Ask the person at the counter to direct you to each.

  • Each and every surface requires a different formula paint. Prep is all the same, clean and degrease, I use TSP, then the correct formula paint. Head over to a stand alone paint store for the best help.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Dec 10, 2018

    Spray paint works on all those surfaces!

  • Jan Clark
    on Dec 10, 2018

    Nice selection of colors! The different materials might be able to 'take' mostly the same type of paint - depending on how the surfaces are primed. So, check the paint brand's label and determine how many surfaces it will stick to. (For example, many exterior acrylic paints will have no problem on wood, stone and non-flexible rubber - but I'm not sure about the metals.) There are also spray paints that will work for metal and plastics - and you may need to use them in like colors. Just be sure to prime the surface with the appropriate primer and follow the directions for all the products. So many try to skip details and then end up unhappy with the result. I'm guessing you won't be able to use the same paint product for everything - but you'll find the 4 colors you want in all of the products.

  • Hi Susy,

    You will need outdoor paint and possibly a primer and sealer as well to not only prevent chipping but to protect it from the outside elements.

  • SusyD
    on Dec 10, 2018

    Question resolved, not sure how to stop notifications. Thank you very much, everyone, for responding. I fully agree, preparation is always the key. Oddly enough, the colours shown are for wood, and I tested them on bits, but not prepared bits, and it had appeared to take. First wet day proved it hadn’t. I dabbed different materials with various results. As it is a long time since I’ve done any paintings done my ideas grew, I thought I’d post the question to update myself with newer materials/brands. So, I’m on the right track.

    Thankyou once again for your time. It’s been worth it. And thank you to Jan for liking my colour choices.

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