Can Plastic Furniture Be Painted?
Many are apprehensive at first about buying plastic furniture because of being stuck with one color for years. Can plastic furniture be painted? The answer is yes it can be painted. The many new varieties of paint products allow one to change the color of plastic furniture to match any décor. This can help to eliminate the cost of buying new plastic furniture when redecorating and can also bring older plastic furniture up to date and give it a new life.
When choosing a spray paint to use, it is important that the paint adheres to hard-to-bond plastic surfaces. This type of spray paint comes in a wide variety of colors from bright reds to soft violets. Many brands and colors of this type of specialty spray paint can be found in most home improvement stores, hardware stores and craft stores. The only hard part is choosing the right color to reflect ones personal tastes.
It is important to choose the right time and place to paint plastic furniture. Painting the furniture outdoors or in a well ventilated area are important in order to keep exposure to potential harmful chemicals down. Furniture should not be painted on a rainy or windy day. This will keep dirt and water from damaging the freshly painted surface of the furniture. During days when the humidity is high will also increase the drying time of furniture. By checking the weather report before hand can reduce the risk of marring the newly painted surfaces.
Preparing the surface of plastic furniture is important to helping the paint adhere to the surface properly. Older furniture should be cleaned with an ammonia solution and thoroughly dried. New plastic furniture should be wiped down with paint remover to make sure that the paint will adhere to the surface. Starting with a clean surface will insure that paint will cover the plastic furniture correctly and ensure the best results.
When painting the plastic furniture each coat of paint should be kept thin. Apply up to four coats of paint. Each coat of paint should dry thoroughly before the next one is applied. By allowing each coat to dry will help the next coat adhere better. Also make sure that a sweeping motion is used when painting, this helps to keep dripping to a minimum. The can should be sprayed about a foot away from the plastic furniture can also insure that the coats being applied will be even.
Following a few simple steps when painting plastic furniture can help it too last many years to come. The many new and innovative products available on the market can help to update the look of many older pieces of plastic furniture. By using these techniques can breathe life back into plastic furniture.