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A painted bench in an entry area is a lovely addition to any home. For the kids, guests, pets, a bench is a useable decorative element to your space. And, like updating or painting a chair planter, a combo chair/bench, or just a simple chair, it’s incredibly practical for everyday use! Painting them doesn’t take long with MudPaint and it is easy to do. MudPaint is eco-friendly, LEED-compliant and it’s unique, clay-based formula with natural earthen materials requires little prep work and no waxing for a smooth coat.
Benches are tough, durable and get loads of use around our house, thats for sure! Follow these steps:
- First, it’s important – particularly if it’s an old piece with lots of grit and grime to clean the surface well.
- A light sanding with one of our Rad Pad Sanding pads is recommended. If you are painting over peeling paint, scrape AND sand to smooth.
- If there are holes, fill them with wood filler and then sand smooth.
- A primer is not needed on most surfaces. However, if a smooth or slick surface, painting a lighter color, painting over a stain or wood with red undertones, or if painting a wood that is known to bleed, a primer is recommended.
- Be sure the surface is free of dust.
- Clean with a wet rag and allow to dry completely.
- Before using paint, shake can vigorously and stir thoroughly.
- Apply the first coat of MudPaint with a brush, working in the direction of the grain of the wood.
- For a more distressed, aged and weathered look, paint any which way.
- Most surfaces need only a single coat as our coverage and adhesion is quite remarkable!
- If applying a second coat, allow to dry, and then lightly sand between coats.
- Allow to dry completely before sanding if distressing.
- To add a stencil, allow the paint to dry and then stencil with a lighter MudPaint color!
- Finally, as benches are used a ton, we recommend a good application or two of our Matte Finish Clear Coat. Or, if looking for a higher sheen with a touch more gloss, a coat of our Finishing Wax applied with our Wax Brush is a great option. (And click here for tips on how to clean your wax brush after use — they can last for years if cleaned well!)