How to paint outdoor furniture

smileNovember 21, 2005

I purchased some unfinished wooden rockers that will be under an covered patio (open-air) that will receive a fair amount of sunlight in the summer. The reason I purchased them unfinished versus white is b/c I wanted to paint them off-white.

What steps should I take to get a finish similar to the factory finish.

My initial strategy was going to be (oil based zinnser)


3.exterior paint (sherwin williams)

SHould I use a water based poly on top of that?

I'm looking forward to hearing some answers...I have searched the forums but could not find an answer.


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The steps and materials sound just fine.

Poly is an interior finish---unless it specifies exterior---and I would not use poly outside anyway---it will crack.

Exterior matte or satin paint is designed to 'chalk' and will get dusty after a while. Using gloss exterior will make washing easier, no chalking, and dirt does not stick as easily.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2005 at 1:33AM
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If I dont use a clear top coat -- will the finish rub off onto clothing with an exterior paint (semigloss?)

    Bookmark   November 22, 2005 at 2:07AM
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The only top coat I know of that will not degrade quickly in an outside environment is marine spar varnish-----and even that will need recoating periodically.

Gloss exterior paint will last the longest without some kind of periodic maintenance and not cause a shedding problem.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2005 at 10:25AM
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Using the right exterior paint, one that will not "chalk", it will not rub off on your clothes. It is not necessary nor desirable to add a clear coat. First, you risk adhesion problems of incompatible finishes. Second, most clear finish have very poor UV resistance. Just ask yourself what type of clear finish would you put on your house after you've painted it.

Second the gloss or semi-gloss exterior enamel paint.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 8:29PM
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