Painting Outdoor Furniture with Krylon Fusion for Plastic
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.