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How to Restore Plastic Furniture

Updated April 17, 2017

Plastic furniture is made from moulded plastic and heated. After plastic is heated, plastic is shaped into the form of chairs, small tables, footrests and more. Hard plastic is durable and generally very strong. Sometimes plastic furniture can crack, or the shiny surface of plastic can become dull and worn. A few simple steps can restore plastic furniture and help make it last for years.

Spread a tarp or old newspapers on the floor to protect the floor from cleaning solutions and chemicals. Transport the furniture outside, weather permitting. Inside, open up all the windows in a work space where the plastic furniture is to be restored. Put on a chemical fume mask and disposable latex or latex-free gloves.

Clean the plastic furniture, using an all-purpose cleaning spray made for plastic furniture. Spray it and wipe clean with a dry cloth. Take orange oil to remove hard to clean grime or stains and to keep the surface of plastic furniture shiny. Take the oil and place on a clean rag and rub in a circular motion. Repeat with a second clean rag to wipe up the excess oil residue.

Take a small house paintbrush and clean the hard to reach crevices of plastic furniture to get at the surface. The cleaner the furniture, the easier it is to examine for damage. Examine the plastic furniture for breaks or splits.

Kneed the putty epoxy until it feels warm to the touch, and apply to any large gaps, splits or cracks in the plastic, making sure to get the epoxy in between the broken sections. Scrape away any excess epoxy with the sharp end of a putty knife. Allow to dry. Epoxy putty is waterproof and also strengthens plastic furniture once properly repaired. Let epoxy dry overnight before the next step.

Condition the plastic with a conditioning furniture cream made to coat plastic furniture, wiping away the excess with a clean, dry cloth. If painting plastic furniture, prime the furniture, then use a latex enamel paint in the colour of your choice. Choose a shiny paint to give the furniture extra lustre. Wait for the furniture to dry and apply a second coat if needed. Use a varnish to seal in the paint. Choose a varnish made for painted plastic furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarp
  • Old newspapers
  • Chemical fume mask
  • Disposable latex gloves or latex-free gloves
  • All-purpose cleaning spray
  • Dry cloth
  • Orange oil
  • Clean rag
  • Paintbrush
  • Putty epoxy filler
  • Putty knife
  • Conditioning furniture cream
  • Latex enamel paint
  • Primer
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About the Author

Linda Stamberger began writing professionally in 1994, as an entertainment reporter for "Good Times Magazine." She has written online copy for The Volusia Community website and is the author of "Antiquing in Florida." Stamberger studied creative writing at Southampton College, where she won a partial writing scholarship.