Best Paint For Plastic – Our Spray Painted Outdoor Chairs 1 Year Later


It's been a year since we spray painted our outdoor plastic chairs and they are still going strong. Painting plastic outdoor furniture is a great way to get a few more years out it, but the type of paint matters! In our experience this is the best paint for plastic outdoor furniture.

One of my most popular posts is  How to Spray Paint Plastic Outdoor Chairs and since so many people are searching for information on the topic, I wanted to give you all an update on how mine are holding up one year later and what we've found to be the best paint for plastic.

It turns out that there is a spray paint for plastic outdoor furniture and I'll tell you which one worked best.

If you haven't read the post about the original problem with my chalky residue plastic Adirondack chairs, you can get caught up right here, but let's just say that even with a little bit of fading, they're still way better than what I started with a year ago.

And they've been a lovely place to enjoy an adult beverage if I do say so myself 🙂

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There they are, my spray painted plastic Adirondack chairs when I first painted them, and what they look like now.

Clearly you can see that the blue one held up quite nicely and the green one faded quite a bit.

Just to give you some background info, I live in sunny Southern California and keep these chairs outside where they endure a lot of sunshine.

So why did one fade and not the other?

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I used 2 different types of Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch spray paint and one did a much better job.

In my experience when using Rust-Oleum spray paint on something that you're going to have outside, it's best to use a satin finish.

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For some reason the satin finish spray paint doesn't fade as much (or really at all in this case) and keeps your plastic outdoor furniture looking nice for longer. Neither of the finishes chipped at all, which sort of surprised me.

So the answer to the burning question, "Can you spray paint plastic outdoor chairs?" is YES!

It works great and is a great way to add a huge pop of color to your backyard. And anytime you can save money and revamp something to give it new life it is worth a bit of time, right?

Frequently Asked Questions - Spray Painted Plastic Chairs


After painting our chairs, the paint is rough and chipped. Is there any way to fix this?

Use a very fine grit paper (220) plus a good wipe down and one more coat of paint.

Would applying a clear coat at the end provide more protection against scratching and chipping?

Certainly. Krylon, Rustoleum, and Plastikote all make clear coat sprays that would work.

Can I spray paint old patio cushions that have faded?

You can spray paint cushions with any enamel spray paint. They will not be as soft as they were before but it is cheaper then buying new ones.

When you spray painted the chairs did you use a primer? Also did you seal them at the end?

I didn’t use primer or a sealer. My chairs were brown and I used two coats of paint. I didn’t have any issues with coverage or chipping.

I take my chairs in and stack them during winter. Will the paint scrap off when stacking?

Assuming the chairs were prepped correctly before painting, and that they are made to be stacked, stacking should not cause chipping. To be safe, separate each chair with a sheet when stacking.

Does it work on PVC outdoor chairs?

Yes, select a paint made specifically for plastics.

Other Things to Consider When Choosing Colors For Your Home

A lot of factors go into selecting colors for your home, and it goes way beyond paint color.

Things like your home color palette, existing colors in your home (that you may not be able to change), and the color of the natural light, or lack of natural light can change the way a color shows up in your home.

In my self-paced online color course, Color Made Clear, I walk you through all the steps to choosing and using color in your home to create a pulled together and cohesive look, even if you have things like cabinet color or floors you can't change.