Repainting Your Outdoors: Patio Furniture and Grills

Repainting Your Outdoors: Patio Furniture and Grills

You’re finally tackling that painting project. Do it with ease with our tips.


We can’t promise fun, but we can promise a manageable outdoor painting project – including giving your patio furniture or grill a facelift – with these simple tips.

And check out this article for some indoor painting tips.

Perfect Patio Furniture

Make an old set look new again. And by doing it yourself, you can save money while making your old outdoor furniture look like an expensive new splurge.

1. Smooth

If necessary, use a fine- or medium-grade sandpaper to smooth out rough surfaces and get rid of any rust or chipped paint.

2. Prime

Once your furniture is clean and smooth, apply a coat of primer and allow it to dry overnight. There are different kinds of primers, so be sure to select one that is recommended for outdoor use and the type of surface you are painting.

3. Paint

Now you’re ready for color. Choose an acrylic paint that’s suitable for outdoor use and apply one or two coats, letting each one dry for 12 to 24 hours. Try using a paintbrush for wood or plastic furniture. If you’re painting wicker, metal or pieces with small nooks and crannies, a spray-on paint will work best.

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Tip: Have fun with this project! Pick a color that matches or coordinates with your outdoor décor, or unify mismatched pieces with a single color. You can even get creative and paint every piece a different bright, summer hue.

A Grill as Good as New

After all those summer barbecues, your grill might look a little worse for wear. Make it shine like new again with a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.

1. Prepare

This first step differs slightly, depending on whether you have a gas or a charcoal grill. Before you start, remember to make sure the grill is cool and has been off for at least 24 hours.

  • Gas: Start by disconnecting the gas. Then, remove the interior grates and any briquettes or lava rocks to expose the burner. Carefully wipe away ash or residue and make sure there is nothing on the burner to block the flow of heat.
  • Charcoal: Remove the cooking grates and empty your grill of all the old charcoal.

2. Clean

For both kinds of grills, give the inside and outside a thorough cleaning with water and Dawn soap. Scrub the grates with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Durable to remove burnt-on food. Be sure to rinse the grates thoroughly.

3. Paint

Paint the outside with a heat-resistant paint designed for barbecue grills. It comes in black and silver and is capable of withstanding temperatures up to 500 F. Allow the paint to dry and replace your cooking grates.

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