By Laura Foster-Bobroff, Networx
Summer is the time for outdoor grill parties or sitting on a deck on a hot summer night sipping cold drinks. Whether youíre a refurbishing beginner or a carpentry expert, itís time to drag those worn backyard chairs out of the shed or restore a yard sale treasure using these simple guidelines:
PLASTIC CHAIRS (Skill Level: Beginner): Chairs made of plastic composites need only to be cleaned with mild, soapy water and rinsed with a hose. Set the nozzle head on high to remove stubborn dirt or use a pressure sprayer on low setting. Let dry thoroughly. Once dry, lay them out on a large drop cloth. Spray paint them with paint made especially for plastic, following manufacturerís instructions for application and cure time between coats. Feeling adventurous? Atlanta painter Kass Wilson published some great ideas for faux finishing plastic and fiberglass, which you could try on your backyard chairs.
METAL or WROUGHT IRON (Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate): Metal chairs with scratches or rust spots can be taken care of by sanding the worst places with coarse or medium grit sandpaper. Wipe with a damp cloth, then apply a spray primer containing rust preventative. Once dry, give them two coats of exterior grade spray paint, waiting the recommended time in between coats. For ornate wrought iron chairs with cushions, remove the cushions first, or tape over them to prevent damage from overspray. A stiff wire brush will effectively remove any rust and stubborn dirt. Wipe thorough with a damp, textured cloth to remove small particles, or use a tack cloth before priming and painting. Spray paints come in basic colors, but can be found in textured, hammered, bronze or verdigris finishes, all of which are fairly easy to apply and give you a modern, traditional or vintage look.
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