Now that summer is here, it’s times to take off those covers and dust down your outdoor furniture. After a few months of harsh conditions, it is time to reassess the state of your suites and decide if you want to either invest in a new range or clean up what you have touching up the scuffs and scrapes. If you’re in the position where you can’t afford a new set then there are a few things that you can do to restore your rattan furniture range so it is looking as good as new.
Whether you want your garden furniture to stand out or if you want to just subtly make it blend in with its surroundings, paint is one of the simplest ways to do so to bring life back to the suite. From styles to how to apply the paint, below we’ve listed different elements to consider when painting your rattan furniture.
Step 1 – Firstly, you’ll need to clean your furniture and remove any dust, dirt or loose fragments. This can be done with a clean paintbrush, soft brush or a cloth. Remember to take off your cushions so you don’t get any unwanted substances on them!
Step 2 – If there are any loose fragments it is important to keep them as smooth as possible. Once cleaned you should sand them down, which in turn will make it easier to paint. You may need to replace any loose strands that have been damaged over time.
Step 3 – Once you’ve finished sanding, you’ll then have to clean your furniture to ensure that there is no dust or debris left on the furniture and that it is dry.
Step 4 – Now that you can finally begin painting, it is important to remember that you wear safety googles and a mask in a well-ventilated area.
Step 5 – Apply a couple of thin layers (oil-based undercoats) of your chosen paint to the furniture and then allow it dry. You have allowed it to dry ensure that you have thoroughly covered between each coat that is applied. You made need to use a toothbrush to get into all of nooks and crannies.
Step 6 – Once dry, it is very much a case of ‘rinse and repeat’ but this time, apply your oil based top coat colour. Again, allow it to dry to ensure the full treatment sets.
Step 7 – Finally, finish the bottom side of the furniture and you will be good to go.
Please remember, if you’re trying to match the existing rattan colour with a new paint alternative. Try to get the paint as close as possible as any missed parts will be easily noticeable.