What kind of paint for outdoor plastic lawn furniture?

Updated April 17, 2017

Updating boring plastic lawn chairs and tables with vibrant, cheery colours is a breeze with the right kind of paint and a few simple steps. The same technique can be used on plastic flowerpots and lawn decor for a cohesive look.

Specially Formulated Paint

According to Danny Lipford, a home expert for The Weather Channel, the best paint for plastic outdoor furniture is spray paint formulated to bond with plastic. recommends Krylon Fusion.


When using speciality paints, it’s especially important to read instructions before you begin, according to Lipford. Work in a well-ventilated area with low humidity and a temperature between 10 and 26.7 degrees Celsius. Wash the furniture well with water and a mild detergent solution, and let it dry completely.

Proper Technique

According to, you should hold the paint can 8 to 10 inches away from the surface and spray in sweeping motions. Begin away from the edge of the furniture and continue each pass off the other side to create a continuous look. Overlap each pass to avoid stripes, and apply multiple, light coats.

Drying Time

Luckily, spray paint usually dries quickly, so you don’t have to wait forever to enjoy your new masterpiece. Krylon Fusion dries to the touch in 15 minutes and can be handled after an hour, according to

Decorative Ideas

Speciality paints come in many colours and finishes, so feel free to experiment. To create stripes, mask off dry surfaces with painter’s tape and spray additional colours over the base coat. Stencils are another easy way to create a custom look; find a design you like or try your initials or house number.

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Amanda Hermes has been a freelance writer since 2009. She writes about children's health, green living and healthy eating for various websites. She has also been published on, Parents Tips Blog and Weekly Woof Blog and she has worked as a ghostwriter for parenting articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Texas.