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Painting Outdoor Furniture with Krylon Fusion for Plastic

Updated on May 9, 2010
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We bought a very nice home a few years ago that almost all of our existing furniture fit very well in, except for a small dinette set that was between our kitchen and family room.  The table is made of metal with a zinc finish and glass top, seats four to five people the big problem we have had is trying to find chairs that would fit around it and be the right size.  And we all agreed we wanted arms on the chairs, for six years we have been using cheap plastic stack chairs, even owning a furniture and home accessories store we could not find the right chairs.  Many times bringing different chairs home and than dragging them back to the store because they did not fit in for one reason or another.

 

A few days ago I was in Home Depot and was getting light bulbs and a few other things that I happened to notice that they had their outdoor patio furniture, so I started to check it out to see if they had pads for the chairs.  I had looked for pads before and thought at least they might spruce up the chairs but all I could come across were flowery prints are loud colors.  I saw these striped pads the coloring looked good and they were priced very well.  So I purchased them and when I brought them home they fit perfect on the chairs.  My friends said they would look great if the chairs were black and why not paint the chairs.  I was not sure if you could paint plastic and what it would involve if you had to sand them or prime them I just thought that would take to much time and it would be a big hassle.  I went on the internet and looked up paint for plastic and found a web address.  The address gave retail stores that sold this merchandise and of course Wall Mart was one of them.  So I went to Wall Mart and picked out the glossy spray paint in black, they have many different colors and texture.

 

I wiped the chairs down and cleaned off any residue that may have collected on them.  Out side I put down a large tarp and placed a chair in the middle there was no wind and it was a warm sunny day.  Of course not reading directions I took the lid off the can and saw that there was this little white plastic pin like thing that I thought was a plug and had to be removed before you could spray, so I started painting and you could see it was black paint coming out, but all of a sudden I noticed it started running and there was paint on my hands from the can.  After going through two cans of paint and not having even 50% of the chair painted I finally realized that you do not remove the plastic plug, but that plug has and itzey bitzey hole in it. I started a new can and left the plug in, It was like night and day when I started painting the rest of the chair, the paint came out in a fine mist and covered without running.  Be sure that when you are applying the paint to go side to side back and forth motion.  I found that it took only a can and a half for each chair I paid less than five dollars per can.   After finishing the chairs I went back and touched them up where I had missed a few spots.  The chairs dried in the sun for about four hours and were dry enough for me to put the cushions on.  WOW!!! What a difference, they look like designer chairs.  I know this may be a strange subject to write about but I was so delighted with the out come and just knowing that there are many people out there that have these plastic chairs, tables, etc. that can easily be made new again with just a little paint and imagination.  I hope in some way this will inspire you to do the same.  

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    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      It is amazing how they turned out everyone who has seen them so far comments on how they look like designer chairs, thanks for the comment.

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      vietnamvet68 

      8 years ago from New York State

      Great Job Rich, they look really good. They really go great with the table.

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Thanks Ethel, I still can not believe it, they look just like new chairs.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Wow. Don't they look fab? :)

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Thanks Micky, I was surprised at how easy it was and affordable.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very nice NamVet! The chairs look great. I'm surprised at the drying time.

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      George 

      8 years ago

      Painting the chairs sure did dress them up. Great Job!

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      U Neek 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      I've been thinking about trying this paint to rejuvenate some of our lawn chairs. Thanks for sharing your experience and your chairs look great!

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Judy, thanks for the comment, its like night and day.

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      Judy 

      8 years ago

      Wow.... your are so creative! Looks very rich.

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      Ron 

      8 years ago

      Good idea. I have a few jobs that this would work on.

      Thanks for the suggestion

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Sis, I can recall that time as if it were yesterday, boy did I catch it. That was my first attempt at using a can of spray paint.

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      Sherry 

      8 years ago

      this reminded me of when we were kids in Seaside , Or. you richard were trying to paint something out in the garage with a can on spray paint. I was hanging around getting in your way. For some reason , I think to get the rest paint out of the bottom of the can you took the hachet to it which resulted in the can exploding and spinning wildly around the garage. Needless to say Dad was not very happy with you! Just keeping it real , Love Your little sis :)

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Mega1, glad you stopped by to read this Hub and to hear that it will come in useful to you, have a great time.

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Hmrjmr1, thanks for your comment, I never dreamed I would Hub about this but it worked so will and turned out great. Glad to have been of some help.

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      mega1 

      8 years ago

      How very helpful of you to let us in on your main decorating secret: Krylon Fusian Paint! It is firmly etched in my brain now - I dream of spray painting all the plastic around here. Maybe I'll get creative and do some masking and use several colors, tastefully of course!

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      Hmrjmr1 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      A similar project5 awaits for me you just answered the big Q of which paint to buy, Thanks my friend!!

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