Caring for Powder-Coated Outdoor Furniture

Posted on: 20 October 2015

If you have outdoor furniture that has a lustrous powder coating applied to help give it vivid coloring, you will want to take the proper steps to keep it from prematurely wearing so it will maintain its luster. Powder coating is applied to a variety of materials because of its durability and pleasing look. Although it provides a high degree of protection to furniture, it still needs to be routinely cared for to keep its color from fading. To keep your furniture looking great for years to come, follow these tips.

Watch the Weather

Exposure to harmful ultra-violet rays will fade powder coating over time. While it will not be noticeable right away, leaving your furniture in direct sunlight can affect the coloring over the years. Place your furniture in a shaded area if you wish to maintain its original coloring. If you need to move your furniture to a sunny area, cover it with a tablecloth. 

Excessive moisture can alter the composition of the powder coating on your pieces. If you are aware that there is going to be a great deal of rain or snow in your area, move your furniture into a shed or under a deck until dry days are present once again. Moisture from pool areas can also be taxing on powder coating. Wipe down your furniture regularly to remove any moisture and cover the pieces when they are not being used to help keep the coating intact longer.

Clean with Care

When cleaning your furniture, using a pressure washer on a low setting with filtered water is the best way to remove surface dirt quickly. You can also use a garden hose if you desire. Add a mild detergent to a bucket of water and apply directly to your furniture using a nonabrasive sponge to wipe off the surfaces, removing caked-on grime in the process. Rinse well afterward. Avoid using chemical cleaning sprays, as they can cause the pigmentation of the powder coating to break down, leaving you with a piece of furniture with portions of missing color.

Add a Protectant

Your furniture will benefit from a coating of wax to help protect it from the elements. A good rule of thumb is to add a coating of wax to your furniture semiannually. Add a coating of wax at the beginning of spring and again at the end of fall. This will keep the furniture protected during harsher cold weather and will prepare it for the blazing sun in the summer.

Avoid waxes with compound agents, as they are abrasive and can scratch your furniture when applying. Instead, use a car wax with ultra-violet inhibiting agents to help keep your furniture from premature fading. Apply the wax in a thin layer using a clean piece of cloth. Wipe off any excess globs of wax from the furniture as they can bake in the heat of the sun, staining your furniture as a result.

For more information on how to keep your furniture in good condition, look for a company that specializes in powder coating in your area.