Painting a picnic table

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by HilltopDaisy, May 31, 2005.

  1. HilltopDaisy

    HilltopDaisy Well-Known Member Supporter

    Feb 26, 2003
    New York
    My neighbor bid on and won a train derailment of lumber!!! Can you imagine! It took a while to sort, move and stack it, but it's now here and he's selling some. So, my wonderful brother built me a picnic table yesterday, and cut the pieces for a second one.

    My question is about painting. He says "Paint 'em barn red, and quick". I need to borrow a sander first and do the seats and tabletop. Do I paint the underside too? I vaguely remember painting a table years ago that blistered something awful. What type of paint do I ask for at the hardware store? Anything else I should know? Thanks in advance!
  2. Cosmic

    Cosmic Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    I would not paint it if exposed to weather. It will peel after awhile no matter what is used.

    Better to stain it with an oil based stain. It will need a coat every year or two but in the long run will be a lot less work and maybe less money. Good if the first time, give it a coat, wait a week or so and give it a second coat of stain. The "Solid" stains that have a pigment that sort of look like paints are nice. They should shed water when wet.

    Yup I would do all surfaces. Good to flip it up on the back, stain everything in sight, set right side up and do it again.

  3. Quint

    Quint Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    I had a bunch of wood pieces for assembly into park benches and I ended up dipping them. I put in a small nail for a hanger and would dip them in a container of the stain and then hang them out to dry on a clothes line. Went really quickly once you got going and you basically ended up covering all sides of the board (a good thing) in just a few seconds. I stained all the parts for the park benches in under an hour. I wouldn't have wanted to think about how long it would have taken even if I sprayed the things after assembly.
  4. Dreams30

    Dreams30 Lady Rider

    Dec 12, 2003
    SW Ark
    DO not send a kid under the table with a paintbrush.... :rolleyes: My DS may never forgive me for how long it took to get paint out of his hair... :rolleyes:
  5. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Texas and S. Missouri
    Don't paint. Stain, maybe, or treat it with water repellant, but don't paint. Paint mildews, peels, blisters, needs repainting.

    I built our picnic table about 25 years ago. It's out on the patio now, in its naked glory, lookin' fine.