The dos and don’ts of painting your garden furniture

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. Are your outdoor spaces ready to enjoy? Now’s the time to make sure your garden furniture is in top shape for the seasons ahead. When it comes to painting your garden furniture, there are a some things you should and shouldn’t do in order to guarantee the best results.

In the following blog post, we’ll cover some top tips for painting your garden furniture, as well as some common mistakes to avoid.


DO choose the right paint for the job:  The paint you choose will depend on the material of your garden furniture. Luckily, in addition to exterior wood paints, Sadolin offers a variety of multi-surface paints that can be used on a range of surfaces. Sadolin Superdec Satin is a water-borne, highly durable opaque finish for exterior wood, masonry, weathered plastic, cladding & steel. Sadolin Superdec erodes naturally by weathering, ensuring the coating remains flexible and resists cracking, peeling and flaking. This product is also available in a plethora of shades off the shelf and can be custom mixed if there’s another colour you have in mind.

DO prep your surface before painting:  Before you start your painting project, it’s essential to prep the surface. This means cleaning the furniture thoroughly to remove any dirt, dust, or grime that might interfere with the adhesion of the paint. You may also need to sand the surface to create texture so that the paint will stick properly. Before painting is also when you should make any repairs to your outdoor furniture. Sadolin Stainable Woodfiller is an easy to mix and use two pack woodfiller. Specially formulated to accept woodstains therefore providing the perfect match to your wood or woodstain. When cured, Sadolin Stainable Woodfiller may be worked as wood.

DO use a primer before painting (if your paint isn’t self priming): Using a primer prior to painting will help your paint job look better and last much longer. A primer creates a smooth and even surface, which is essential for achieving a professional-looking finish.


DO apply thin coats of paint: When it comes to painting, it’s always better to use thin coats. Slow and steady wins the race! This is a general rule of thumb, but please make sure to follow the instructions on your specific paint product, as formulations can differ. Thin coast help prevent drips of the paint and ensure that the paint dries evenly. Make sure each coat is dry before applying another.

DO use the right tools: The right tools will make all the difference when it comes to creating a smooth, even finish for your garden furniture. Opt for a good quality paintbrush or roller, available at your local Sadolin stockist, and have a paint tray or bucket close to hand. Make your selection based on the size and shape of the furniture you’ll be painting.

DON’T hurry the job: Painting anything takes time, and your garden furniture is no exception. Don’t try to rush through the process, rather practice patience and attention to detail. Trying to finish the job too fast may lead to mistakes and uneven finishes. Give yourself time and space.


DON’T paint in the wrong conditions: If you try to complete your project in the wrong conditions, this can lead to poor results. Don’t paint in extreme temperatures, such as too hot or too cold, and avoid painting your furniture during times of high humidity or wind. Ideally,  paint on a dry, mild day with little to no wind and on a hard, clean surface that is protected and out of the way so your project won’t be disrupted.

Don’t forget to protect the surrounding area: Painting is fun, but it is messy. Be sure to protect the surrounding area from paint splatters and drips with a drop cloth or an old sheet. Mask off any areas that you don’t want to get paint on, such as hinges or handles

Don’t fail to seal the paint when needed: Once you’re done painting, it is often necessary to seal the paint job for additional protection. This is not always necessary with all formulas, but check on the tin to find out what you need to do.

Painting your garden furniture is a fun and simple way to give your outdoor space a fresh new look. By following the above tips, you can create a wonderful summer-ready oasis in your garden. Call into your local Sadolin stockist for everything you need for your next project!

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