Advice and selection for the renovation of garden furniture

A garden table being repainted - From iMoved Studio, From Photographee.eu, shutterstock

Over time, garden furniture deteriorates due to inclement weather and sun. Chairs, armchairs and garden tables need to be renovated and repainted to look good on sunny days. With the right tools and products, they will enjoy a second youth.

Renovate and repaint his wooden garden furniture

Wood is a material that is particularly sensitive to the weather and the heat of the sun. To renovate a wooden garden furniture , it is therefore essential to use the right methods:

  • apply a brightener with a brush on the tarnished raw wood to restore its original appearance;
  • use the de-oiler, which is effective in removing traces of blackened and aged oil;
  • with the stripper, quickly remove the old paint to renew it;
  • to finish, apply nourishing and protective oil.

The latter will enhance the natural color of the wood while providing waterproof properties.

The painting is another important step to restore its garden furniture to nine . Varnished, painted or stained, wooden garden furniture can be repainted easily. Before you begin, make sure they are healthy, clean and dry. Then strip the wood in case the old paint is extremely flaking.

To do this, the use of a methylene chloride-based paint stripper is recommended. This product retains the hue and condition of the material. An electric sander can also be a great help. However, it is advisable to work gently with a fine grain to prevent the wood is marked by digging. On the paint side, different types of exterior wood paint in aqueous phase exist today. With a shorter drying time, they offer an excellent result. To keep the look of wood to the touch , applying a wood-like stain is essential once the wood is exposed. In addition, nothing like a specific wood paintto best protect the garden furniture from the action of the sun. Once applied, it is advisable to sand the wood by hand.

The garden furniture and pallet wood flower door give a warm and rustic atmosphere to the terrace, ideal for aperitifs with friends - Castorama
Painted garden furniture requires more maintenance than raw wood: it will have to be sanded before renovation – Castorama

Renovate and repaint his iron garden furniture

Iron is an easy-to-maintain material unless it is rusty. Otherwise, simply clean the iron garden furniture with soapy water.

If there are any rust spots on the furniture, it is recommended to sand them with sandpaper or a wire brush. Once the rust is removed, do not forget to apply a rustproof product. Besides this, it is possible to maintain garden furniture whose iron is attacked. To do this, here are some practical tips:

  • perform a thermal etching with a torch;
  • sandblasting with a compressor;
  • apply a chemical stripper in thick layers.

It is essential to repaint your iron garden furniture when it is attacked by rust or begins to flake. The first step is to mechanically strip with a scraper or wire brush. To save time, a pickling brush attached to an electric drill is particularly practical. In addition, a metal cleaner can be used. Once stripping is done, all traces of rust must be removed with a rust remover. Then, rinse with water should be done before going to paint. Before applying anti-rust paint , the iron should be covered with an anti-corrosion undercoat to protect it from moisture. For wrought iron furniture, an aerosol paint is indicated.

The blue iron garden furniture is original in its material and color, it is easy to maintain with the application of a rustproof product - GIFI

The blue iron garden furniture is original in its material and color, it is easy to maintain with the application of a rustproof product – GIFI

Renovate and repaint plastic garden furniture

Plastic furniture is also quite common in gardens. Lightweight, this material is appreciated for its weather resistance. Besides this, the plastic garden furniture is very easy to maintain . Just wash it with water and soap. However, it is not recommended to use products containing bleach to prevent the cleaned area from turning yellow under the action of the sun. Another easy and effective alternative is white vinegar or baking soda. In case the garden furniture is very dirty, a plastic surface renovator will quickly remove stains. For best results, consider applying a plastic protector.

Whether it is resin or PVC, plastic garden furniture tends to yellow quickly or lose its original hue. Nothing beats a new coat of paint to give it a second youth . Here are the steps to follow:

  • prepare the support by cleaning it with a degreaser;
  • sand lightly with steel wool;
  • apply a primer or undercoat for PVC;
  • apply a matte acrylic varnish once the paint dries to protect the furniture from the sun and the weather.

For plastic furniture, it is advisable to opt for fully acrylic paints, suitable for outdoor use.

Garden furniture made of wood, plastic and iron: no matter what material is chosen, garden furniture regularly and in depth - Leroy Merlin
Garden furniture made of wood, plastic and iron: no matter what material is chosen, garden furniture regularly and in depth – Leroy Merlin

Garden furniture: maintenance of other materials

In addition to these main materials, there are other materials with which the garden furniture is manufactured. Among them are:

  • Textylene

To maintain textural garden furniture, simply clean them with soapy water.

  • Steel and aluminum

In the same way, the steel or aluminum garden furniture maintains with water and soap. It is forbidden to use abrasive, chlorinated or hydrocarbon products as this may damage the furniture.

In any case, the best way to maintain the good condition of garden furniture is to maintain it regularly and thoroughly, ideally in summer.

The wooden pallet sofa is self-realization in a short time, its seat cushions bring a touch of comfort - Ikea
The wooden pallet sofa is realized in a very short time, its seat cushions bring a touch of comfort – Carrefour Jardin