How to Make Furniture Water Proof

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Furniture in danger of water damage needs coatings of paint or lacquer waterproofer to remain in good condition. Outside furniture is at high risk for water damage due to rainy or snowy weather conditions. To protect your investment, purchasing and applying a waterproof lacquer is cost effective and take little time. Waterproof lacquer costs between $5 to $20 and dries in 15 minutes, though the item can not be handled for 24 hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Waterproof lacquer
  • Tarp
  • Purchase a waterproof lacquer at a local hardware or household goods store. The lacquer can typically be found in the spray paint section of a store.

  • Check the humidity on the day you plan to apply the lacquer to the furniture. High humidity levels make the lacquer take longer to dry. The temperature should be between 50 and 80 degrees.

  • Remove all dirt and cobb webs from the furniture. Use an old paint brush to brush off dirt. Sand the item down with 220 grit sandpaper. Place a tarp down for the furniture to sit on while it dries.

  • Spray the lacquer waterproofer in a sideways sweeping motion in fine even layers. The fine layers will reduce the likelihood of drips or missing a spot. Spraying more lacquer at the joints of the furniture will help protect it against water seeping into vunerable areas.

  • Wait 15 minutes while the lacquer dries. Once you have sprayed the whole item evenly, wait 24 hours before handling it.

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