One of the reasons for having outdoor furniture made out of resin is the variety of beautiful colors and unique designs. Resin furniture is versatile in producing all kinds of furniture, from tables, chairs, and resin wicker furniture. The outdoor elements challenge longevity, stripping the color and, in extreme cases, breaking down the furniture.
The sun’s UV light is known to cause the degradation and fading of the resin surface. Prolonged sun exposure over time will cause the yellowing of the furniture, which is the first indication of your resin furniture failing.
The yellowing of your resin furniture will lead to cracks and breaks appearing on your table and chairs.
Below will go over the effects of the sun on your outdoor resin furniture and how to restore resin outdoor furniture.
Does resin furniture fade in the sun?
Resin can be waterproof and resistant to harsh outdoor elements. The clarity and beautiful finish resin provide to creating outdoor furniture that can withstand the outdoors.
The UV light from sunlight challenges the resin’s structural integrity. The UV radiation over time does provide damage to resin. The resin absorbs the UV radiation breaking down the chemical bonds and leading to discoloration. The runaway process leads to cracking and loss of structural integrity.
The loss of color and brightness in your outdoor resin furniture is the first indication of your resin degradation. The effects do take time to be recognized. Paying close attention to your outdoor furniture resin must be part of lawn maintenance.
How long does resin furniture last outside?
Outdoor resin furniture is versatile and can withstand the outdoors longer than other materials. Resin can withstand prolonged rains and is known for not absorbing water. On average, resin can last for at least ten years.
The longevity is dependent on the owner cleaning and maintaining the resin furniture. Cleaning can be done by using your kitchen dish soap and water. Ensure to clean off the residue soap from the surface.
The sun is one of the significant elements you need to pay attention to. Prolonging the life of your resin furniture will require covering your resin with waterproof cushions or putting the furniture under an artificial or natural shade.
Most of the resin patio furniture uses resin UV inhibitors that reduce the sun’s harmful effects. Review the manufacturer’s instructions on caring for your resin furniture, as this will guide you to continue enjoying your furniture for a long time.
How to protect and restore outdoor resin furniture.
The repair process may appear intimidating if this is your first time repairing outdoor resin furniture. The steps provided will give you confidence in inspecting your damage and restoring the beauty of your furniture.
The first step in restoring your furniture is to clean the resin surface. This step is essential to remove loose dirt, debris, and mildew buildup.
As the first step in the repair process, this will allow you to inspect for any cracks, breaks, and holes that need to be repaired later on.
Use your garden hose water to clean off the surface. Avoid using power washers to prevent damaging and breaking your resin garden art. Allow the water from the garden hose to be a gentle stream.
For hard-to-remove dirt and mildew, you can use your regular dish soap to scrub off the stubborn stains. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes when cleaning, as this will create small ridges or microcracks.
Use a soft cloth or a sponge when washing the surface. You can use your hands to feel for cracks and remove debris on the surface.
Mix the water with dish soap before scrubbing the surface to ensure consistency.
Once the scrubbing is done, ensure the soap is sufficiently removed from the surface and no bubbles are left. Have the piece dry in a warm place for at least 4 hours.
Cracks on the resin surface can devastate your resin furniture as they might lead to significant breaks that can be hard to resolve later on. Sanding down the areas around the damaged area allows for the easy application of the adhesive or resin solution.
The sanding process produces dust particles that can cause respiratory issues when inhaled. When inhaled, the dust particles can be trapped in your respiratory system, causing severe respiratory irritation and allergies.
I do recommend using water sandpaper when sanding the resin surface. Why wet sanding over dry sanding? Wet sanding is the process of using sandpaper with water or other lubricants. The liquid substances help in removing the grit from the sandpaper.
Both dry and wet sanding smooth out the surface; the aggressive nature of sanding resin produces particles that are dispersed in the air. Wet sanding reduces the chances of having resin particles in the air and ending up in your respiratory system.
Be careful when sanding the resin furniture with an electric sander; there is a high likelihood of experiencing an electric shock. Sanding by hand will take a long time for large garden art pieces to achieve your desired result.
Clean off any resin particles on the surface of the outdoor resin furniture.
The particles can be dusted off using a dry paper towel. The result from sanding should be a smooth surface, clear of resin dust, to allow the glue or resin to adhere to the resin furniture.
After sanding, the resin surface is complete. The next step is filling the resin surface’s holes and cracks. To fill in the holes, you will need to fill them with epoxy putty. The putty needs to dry and sand down.
Can you paint outdoor resin furniture?
Applying paint to resin can be challenging compared to concrete or wood surfaces. Resin does need the surface sanded for proper adherence to the primer.
Once the resin surface is filled and cleaned, the primer is applied. A clean and sanded surface is ideal for primer application. The primer can be applied immediately without any delay.
Primers typically come in 3 colors. Black, white, and grey are the colors that you can purchase. Choosing the correct primer depends on the paint that will be painted over the primer. When the paint is applied, a dark primer coat will produce an opaque finish.
For a multicolored result, I recommend using grey or white primer for consistency and having the colors visible and bright once the paint dries.
Instead of a brush, the primer can also be bought as a spray-on primer. When using a spray-on primer, ensure the room is well-ventilated. Apply the primer per the manufacturer’s instructions.
The resin surface does require multiple layers of primer and is allowed to be set. Once the primer is completely dry, the next step is to apply the paint.
The paint I recommend after priming the surface is Acrylic paint. Ensure that the paint is well prepared by stirring with a mixing stick. Apply the first coat on your resin artwork. Once the paint has settled, add as many coats as needed to get your desired result.
You can use a synthetic brush for the best result, but any brush can be used when applying the paint.
Once the desired paint finish is reached, you can allow the paint to dry. You can add a clear finish to protect the paint.