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How to Paint Resin Furniture With Krylon Fusion Paint

Resin furniture can be so long-wearing, that it can wear out its welcome, stubbornly remaining in good condition after its color has faded or you're just plain sick of it. Transforming out-of-date resin furniture with a fresh, new color is only a spray can away. Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint is an appropriate choice for this job because it is designed to bond to plastic and dries quickly. As with most paint jobs, it pays to prime resin furniture to ensure a good bond and a lasting finish.

Resin is a type of strong, rigid plastic that spurns the effects of the sun.

Step 1

Wait for a day with minimal wind, and be sure it is at your back as you work. Set up your furniture outdoors on an old blanket or dropcloth.

Step 2

Clean the resin furniture by spraying it with an ammonia-based cleaner and then wiping it with a microfiber cloth. Wipe the furniture dry with another cloth.

Step 3

Put on a pair of inexpensive plastic gloves. All spray paint tends to dribble and sputter, and it may be difficult to remove from your hands.

Step 4

Shake the can of Krylon spray primer and, at a distance of about 10 inches, spray the furniture from the top of the piece on down to the bottom. Apply a thin coat of the primer, which will both “grab” the furniture and ensure smooth coverage for the paint.

Step 5

Wait for the primer to dry. It should be dry to the touch in 10 minutes--allowing you to gently move the furniture pieces around in your work space—but will take at least an hour to fully dry before it’s ready for the top coat.

Step 6

Shake the can of Krylon Fusion spray paint and apply it in the same manner as you did the primer, working from top to bottom. Keep your hand moving in slow, continuous motion to prevent “overspray” and drips.

Step 7

Inspect your work carefully while the paint is still wet for any spots you may have missed. Aim the paint trajectory in the middle of these gaps so that the paint can diffuse and fill in consistently.

Step 8

Wait for the paint to dry. It should be dry to the touch in 15 minutes and fully dry in one hour, depending on the humidity in the air. To be safe, let the paint cure for 24 hours before you sit on it or set objects on it. While you wait, gently move the furniture into your garage overnight.

Things You Will Need

  • Old blanket or dropcloth
  • Ammonia-based cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Inexpensive plastic gloves
  • Krylon indoor-outdoor primer
  • Krylon Fusion spray paint

Tips

  • Your can of Krylon Fusion paint may say that “no primer is necessary.” And if you’re in a big hurry to use your resin furniture, it’s possible to skip the priming step. But there is no doubt that your paint will adhere better and last longer if you use the primer.
  • If you’re uncomfortable getting down on your hands and knees to reach the bottom of the furniture, consider elevating your furniture on a sturdy platform. Use a large, cardboard box or table so that you can see and reach all parts of the furniture and apply the primer and paint from the top of the pieces to the bottom in one consistent stroke. Keep in mind that while this technique may give you a better position and visual angle of the furniture, it also may slow down; if the platform is small, you may have to wait for one piece to dry before moving on to the next.

About the Author

With education, health care and small business marketing as her core interests, M.T. Wroblewski has penned pieces for Woman's Day, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and many newspapers and magazines. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.

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