Delete garden furniture - is this advisable?

When it comes to beautifying the garden furniture, there are several options: they can be painted, varnished or simply treated with wood preservation. What you have to consider when painting, and what protection it offers, read in our post.

Advantages when painting wooden furniture

As good as any type of wood suffers at some point under the influence of the weather. Timber, weathered over time, can weather and is usually unsightly after many years outdoors.

In contrast to the glaze, paints form a dense, colored surface coating under which the grain of the wood (as well as discoloration and weathering traces) completely disappears.

In some cases, this effect is desired - already painted unsightly wooden furniture white is one of the most common renovation of older garden furniture.

Protection by the paint

The protective functions of paints are quite comprehensive:

  • excellent moisture protection
  • complete protection against UV radiation
  • partially comprehensive protection against pests
  • Protection against wear

Lacquers form a dense surface coating, which also protects the wood well from moisture. The UV radiation which decomposes the wood is also completely blocked by the varnishing.

Even better protection against moisture is provided by so-called weather-resistant coatings - they have a reliable effect and really prevent the ingress of moisture completely.

By varnishing, the surface of the wood becomes more resistant and resilient and thus well protected against wear. Especially surfaces subject to much stress, such as the seats of garden benches, are significantly more durable when painted.

When it comes to protecting against pests, it's all about the varnish - many weatherproof varnishes also contain substances that effectively protect the wood from fungi or from blue stains. This is not the case with every paint. Always pay attention to the information provided by the manufacturer, in case of doubt you should add an additional blue stain.

types of paint

Which paints you can use, and what properties they have, we have described in a separate post. Click here.

Important when painting

When painting wood you should pay attention to a few things:

  • thorough sanding
  • primer
  • multi-layered order
  • clearcoat
  • Paint the paint clean


Before painting, the wood must be sanded very thoroughly; there must be no traces of old coatings on the wood surface. Some paints are difficult to remove because they liquify when sanding - in which case you may have to burn off or leach.


Each paint has a corresponding primer. Only the water-based acrylic paints can be used in the "one-pot system" as a primer medium and top coat at the same time. Use wood preservation primer if the varnish does not incorporate blue stain protection.

Multilayer order

After each application, sand carefully with fine sandpaper and then thinly apply the new layer. For garden furniture you should apply at least two, better three layers of paint thinly. If you make several jobs and grind in between with ever finer sandpaper (up to grain size 600 or more), you get a high-gloss appearance.


A coat of clear coat enhances the protective effect of the paint and makes the surface even more resistant. Sometimes this can be a good idea.

Paint the paint clean

The magic word when painting is: uniformity. With the paint roller that is usually quite good, but you need just in difficult places a lot of skill. This is much easier with a paint sprayer: This gives you exactly the same color thickness at all points. These devices are worthwhile for other purposes, such as painting walls.

Tips & Tricks

Another advantage of paints is that you can also paint dark woods in bright colors - you can paint any garden furniture in your desired color, which is not always possible with glazes.

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