How to Paint Outdoor Vinyl Furniture

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How to Paint Outdoor Vinyl Furniture
Spray cans make short work of curvy or mesh furniture. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Vinyl furniture holds up well against outdoor weather and its slick surface wipes down quickly for easy cleaning. However, if you want to change the colour of vinyl furniture, you'll find that its sleek, glossy exterior is not very conducive to painting. To paint outdoor vinyl furniture,you need to know how to prep and prime the surface as part of a complete painting process.

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Things you need

  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Rag
  • Bonding primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Oil base exterior paint
  • Foam brush
  • Spray paint

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  1. 1

    Clean the surface with soap, water and a rag. Dirty furniture won't take new paint easily. Fortunately, vinyl is designed for easy cleaning, so simple dish soap should do the trick.

  2. 2

    Spray or brush on bonding primer. Regular enamel primer will not stick to the vinyl well enough. Bonding primer is thicker and stickier for better coverage of slick, glossy surfaces like vinyl, glass and laminate. If your vinyl furniture is mostly solid, flat and angular, a brush works well. For tight mesh furniture or tight curves, spray cans are a better choice.

  3. 3

    Wait for the primer to cure. Curing is different than drying. When a primer is dry on its surface, it may not be fully cured underneath. Check the can or container to see how long the primer's manufacturer recommends letting the primer sit before painting.

  4. 4

    Apply a coat of oil base exterior paint to the furniture using a foam brush or a can of spray paint. Oil base paints are better suited for most vinyl outdoor furniture because they hold up better against moisture than many latex varieties.

  5. 5

    Wait for the initial coat to dry and reapply a second coat of paint if necessary.

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