Painting Hacks for Outside

You finally have a minute to tackle that painting project. Do it with ease with our tips.

Painting is one of those chores where, halfway through the project, you’re suddenly willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money just for someone to finish the job for you and get you out of paint purgatory.

We can’t promise fun, but we can promise a manageable outdoor painting project — including giving your patio furniture or grill a facelift — with these simple tips.

And check out this article for some indoor painting tips.

Perfect Patio Furniture
With fresh paint, you can tie mismatched pieces together or make an old set look new again. Painted patio furniture is a big trend right now. By doing it yourself, you can save money while making your old outdoor furniture look like an expensive new splurge.

  1. Smooth
    If necessary, use a fine- or medium-grade sandpaper to smooth out rough surfaces and get rid of any rust or chipped paint.
  2. Prime
    Once your furniture is clean and smooth, apply a coat of primer and allow it to dry overnight. There are different kinds of primers, so be sure to select one that is recommended for outdoor use and the type of surface you are painting.
  3. Paint
    Now you’re ready for colour. Choose an acrylic paint that’s suitable for outdoor use and apply one or two coats, letting each one dry for 12 to 24 hours. Try using a paintbrush for wood or plastic furniture. If you’re painting wicker, metal or pieces with small nooks and crannies, a spray-on paint will work best.

Tip: Have fun with this project! Pick a colour that matches or coordinates with your outdoor décor, or unify mismatched pieces with a single colour. You can even get creative and paint every piece a different bright, summer hue. Then sit back and enjoy your furniture’s brand new style.

A Grill as Good as New
After all those summer barbecues, your grill might look a little worse for wear. Make it shine like new again with a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.

  1. Prepare
    This first step differs slightly, depending on whether you have a gas or a charcoal grill. Before you start, remember to make sure that the grill is cool and has been off for at least 24 hours.
  • Gas: Start by disconnecting the gas. Then, remove the interior grates and any briquettes or lava rocks to expose the burner. Carefully wipe away ash or residue and make sure that there is nothing on the burner to block the flow of heat.
  • Charcoal: Remove the cooking grates and empty your grill of all the old charcoal.
  • Clean
    For both kinds of grills, give the inside and outside a thorough cleaning with water and a good degreasing soap.
  • Paint
    Paint the outside with a heat-resistant paint designed for barbecue grills. It comes in black and silver and is capable of withstanding temperatures up to 500 F. Allow the paint to dry and replace your cooking grates.
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