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Painting Outside Furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Painting Outside furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Painting Outside furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Using Chalk Paint® outdoors is incredibly easy.

  • Do use Chalk Paint® outdoors. It’s one of the things I’m most frequently asked, and the answer is yes! You can use Chalk Paint® outdoors.
  • Don’t sand! As with using Chalk Paint® indoors, there is no need to prep or prime your outdoor furniture.
  • Do remove old peeling paint or rust. You will be able to paint over these…but if you don’t get rid of them they will continue peeling under your Chalk Paint® – and will eventually flake off, taking your lovely new paint job with them! Rust may even show through, so best to tackle it head on.
  • Do wipe away any cobwebs or dirt, pop open your Chalk Paint® tin and get stuck straight into the fun part.
  • Do use Chalk Paint® Lacquer it’s your garden furnitures’ best defence against UV rays, fading paint colour, and peeling paint caused by water damage.
  • Do Lacquer: Garden furniture – anything which will be touched a lot, sat on, or has a horizontal surface which will collect water or fade in bright sunlight needs to be protected with Chalk Paint® Lacquer to ensure paint won’t transfer, peel or fade.
  • Don’t Lacquer: Vertical surfaces – shed walls, fencing, and brickwork are all porous making them IDEAL Chalk Paint® surfaces and as they are vertical facing it means they are much less prone to the key causes of outdoor damage – UV rays and standing water. So theres no need to lacquer.
  • Do use two coats of Lacquer! Apply two thin coats or more of Chalk Paint® Lacquer so you can be sure the entire piece is fully protected to prevent any water ingress. Note that curing time for maximum protection occurs over 14 days.
  • Do check the weather forecast! Rain will wash away Chalk Paint® and compromise the Lacquer if either hasn’t dried sufficiently before being exposed to water.
  • Don’t use Chalk Paint® Wax outdoors.
  • Do play with bright colours – being bold is easier outdoors.