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How to Weatherproof Furniture for Outdoor Use

November 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Summary: Weatherproofing furniture is easier than you might think – and it’ll save you a bunch!

Weatherproofing furniture for an outside patio or deck is a great way to save both time and money. Here are some ways to make your old chairs and tables ready for all types of weather.

Wood Furniture

Wood furnishings require a bit of elbow grease and a DIY mindset. One option that you have is to use an outdoor deck stain. Start off by sanding the piece down to the bare wood. Make sure to seal any exposed end grain after the sanding process with a clear epoxy sealer before you apply the stain – normally the bottoms of chair and dresser feet. You can also prime the piece and use a paint that’s designed for outdoor surfaces. All in all, you’re unlikely to spend more than $30.

Wicker Furniture

Wicker tends to trap moisture easily, so you’ll have to take an unconventional approach to weatherproofing. You’ll want to start by layering two coats of paint, followed by a layer of spray marine varnish. To ensure that your furniture maintains its durability and look, paint a fresh coat every two to three years. This way, your wicker pieces will remain in optimal condition and still look brand new.

Metal Furniture

Metal might be one of the more difficult pieces to treat, as you’ll have to sand off rust and peeling paint. Then, you’ll want to add a primer to prevent corrosion and creates a surface that can be painted. If you own a metal piece that’s rust-free, one coat of spray paint is all you’re going to need.

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