I want to paint my patio table and chairs


What is the best paint and to use to paint my patio table and chairs?

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  • Gk Gk on Jul 14, 2018

    What are your patio table and chairs made from? If metal, use Rustoleum Spray paint for metal. If wood you might have to do some prep work before you paint-perhaps some sanding and primer. I have discovered that if you paint wood patio furniture with exterior house paint it will weather much better.

    • Carla Carla on Jul 14, 2018

      Sorry, I forgot to mention an important part. Table and chairs are constructed of metal.

  • Janice Janice on Jul 14, 2018
    Hi Carla! The type of paint we'd advise you to use depends on what the patio table and chairs are constructed of.....wood or metal? Buy paint that says it is for use on those types of surfaces and you'll be fine....also, check to insure it says for exterior surfaces or else use a good outdoor clear sealant.

    • Carla Carla on Jul 14, 2018

      Forgot to mention that table and chairs are made of metal. Just wondering if anyone has used Rustoleum on metal outdoor pieces and did it hold up.

  • Great! What type of surface is your patio furniture? Plastic? Metal? Wood? Paint is formulated by the surface it will be covering. If you use the wrong formula, the paint will fail and you will be dissappointed. Same rules apply as when painting anything else, wash, dry, prime, then paint.

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    • You are so welcome! You can do this and it will be fabulous. I see you are in AZ. Temperature does matter when you paint. Read the label / can. If it is too hot, the spray paint will "dry" before hitting the surface and you will use double the amount in order to get good coverage. If using brush on, the paint could dry on the brush or applicator before it gets to your furniture. Paint early early morning, or in the evening provided you have excellent lighting. The other day I was working on a small project and had to stop by 8:30 am as the paint in the tray developed a "skin" on top. Yeah, big time fun!

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 14, 2018
    What are the chairs and table made out of? Wood, metal, plastic?

  • Mary corrigan Mary corrigan on Jul 14, 2018

    clean them really ell so the paint doesn't come off.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 14, 2018

    Hi Carla!

    I painted a mesh type metal furniture a few years ago and I used to spray paint. I prepped and cleaned the set carefully— sanded it away any loose finish or rust and then used a Rustoleum spray paint —it has always been my favorite choice for professional results. The rustoleum spray paint often has primer and paint combined in one. The universal series has an excellent designed applicator- easy to use top spray nozzle that can operate in any angle.

    The before and after was a remarkable accomplishment. I like the oil rubbed bronze finish much better than the white finish. Best wishes with your patio furniture rehab!


  • Janice Janice on Jul 14, 2018

    HI Carla! Thanks for letting us know the areas you want to paint are metal. I have used Rustoleum paint on metal it is does hold up very well. I used alcohol and water to clean off the surface before I painted because the alcohol evaporates rather quickly. Do two or three light coats with at least 1/2 hour in between so you get good even coverage with no runs. It is easy to think you can just keep spraying, but you'll have a much better look if you take the time to do the thin coats. Why not show a pic of the before and after so everyone can see the results? We love to see projects completed!

    • Carla Carla on Jul 15, 2018

      Thanks Janice, now to choose the color is always the hard part.