Spray painting lawn furniture

Lawn Furniture

To make patios, decks and outdoor living spaces comfortable and relaxing, you need to properly maintain and protect the lawn furniture. Wood furniture is popular in outdoor living areas because it is durable, comfortable and easy to refinish. Follow these steps to refinish your lawn furniture for an updated look and beautiful finish.

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.

Drop Cloth

Safety Glasses


Wire brush

Sander or Wagner PaintEater




Touch up brushes


Extension Cord

Pressure Washer


When beginning any staining or painting project, it is important to have a good prepared surface. Proper preparations make the biggest difference in finish and durability.

Step 1 - Surface Prep

When staining or painting lawn furniture, make sure the surface is free of dirt, dust, mildew, mold, etc. Also check for dark yellow or gray wood, which are signs of UV damage.

Step 2 - Clean the Surface

Remove old paint from the furniture. Use the wire brush to scrape the remaining paint and stain flakes from the furniture. If the furniture is wet, use a pressure washer to remove the dirt and loose paint. Or use a fast and powerful Wagner PaintEATER to remove the paint.

Step 3 - Inspect and Repair

Check over the wood for damage. If it is in bad shape, it may need to be replaced or repaired.  Use sandpaper to get a smooth finish.  Sand along the grain, concentrating on the edges and unpainted areas, until the wood feels smooth.

Step 4 - Examine and Fix Damage

After you have removed the old finish from the furniture, examine it for damage. Damage is normal for wood furniture and is pretty easy to fix if you catch it early. Usually, all wood damage requires wood putty and a little extra sanding. If the damage is excessive, however, you may need to replace a part of the furniture.


Now that you've completed the prep work, you're ready to begin painting or staining.

Step 1 - Priming

Spray primer evenly on the furniture using a Wagner FLEXiO Sprayer.  Don’t skip the underside or other places you can’t normally see. Sealing all areas of the furniture will protect it from damage in the future. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 2 - Material Selection

Choose a quality stain or paint. Determine how much you will need for the project and what color will look the best. Understand if you want an oil- or water-based product. They provide equal protection but will have different prices and cleanup procedures to consider. In general water-based products will go on thinner and may need additional coats to get the same protection as oil-based products.

Step 3 - Spraying

Next, spray on the material using a Wagner Sprayer. Start spraying on cardboard or scrap wood to get a feel for the sprayer and flow settings. Once you are comfortable, work in a consistent pattern and cover the surface.

Step 4 - Clean Up

Clean up the sprayer and properly store any remaining material.

Step 5 - Materials That Will Work Best


Painting is a colorful way to finish your wood lawn furniture. Be sure to select a paint that is suitable for outdoor use. This type of paint will provide the wood with a moderate level of protection from moisture and sun damage. However, paint has a tendency to chip and flake off as it is exposed to extreme weather conditions. This means that you will need to repaint your wood patio chairs each season or every other season.


Lacquer is a great finish to consider for your wood patio chairs. Lacquer is a thick varnish that will not only add a shiny and beautiful finish to your wood patio chairs, but it will also help to protect the wood from water and sun damage. Lacquer comes in a variety of finishes including black, red, clear and opaque. To apply a lacquer finish to your wood patio chairs, you will want to sand them down and apply multiple coats, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next.

Wood Stain

Stain is a great option for allowing the beauty of the wood grain to show through the finish that you select. Stains come in many colors and types. Oil stains can be clear or colored. However, they will require an additional clear polyurethane coat to protect the wood and to preserve your stain finish. The second option is to use a gel stain, which has the protective coating mixed in with the stain. This finish only requires one coat.

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