I have many long-awaited Spring projects to tackle this year (my list is growing by the day). One of them is to paint my Bistro set using either Rust-oleum or Valspar black spray paint. I picked up the Bistro set at a really good price years ago and the paint has continued to fade year after year. You know how it is, you know it needs to be done and would breathe life back into the poor thing, but another project always seems to jump ahead screaming for attention.
As you can tell there has been extreme neglect with the faded paint on the seat and back.
Oh, and the legs that look like they have had a really bad spray tan.
I started with the Valspar. There was no top to take off, just a simple twist of the top and it was ready to use. I had a little difficulty holding the can after several minutes. It was getting awkward to try to hold the can and depress the spray. I found myself stopping several times to adjust my hand or rest my hand entirely. The spray was easily applied and I didn’t have to hold the can too far away to achieve the coverage I needed. The finish was more of a matte finish and dried to the touch very quickly.
It was a cloudy day and the finish is not what I had hoped to come through for a good visual, but it is matte.
While the Valspar was drying I grabbed he other chair and started working with the Rust-oleum. The Rust-oleum has a traditional removable top and spray nozzle. I was able to hold the Rust-oleum can better without stopping to re-position or relax my hand. I did have to hold the can at a greater distance than the Valspar, but the coverage was really good. The finish with the Valspar was more shiny and was very tacky to the touch.
Both chairs came out really great, so I believe this will come down to a personal preference. Both the Rust-oleum and Valspar covered the surfaces very well. I did have to apply two coats to each chair to get the proper coverage that was needed, due to the amount of faded paint. I really didn’t want the set to appear so new and even though I favored the application of the Rust-oleum it was too shiny for the look I was trying to achieve. With this being said, the Valspar wins this round and I will be using it to finish out my painting of the Bistro set. I know that I will have other projects the Rust-oleum will definitely work on.
Which paint do you prefer…..Rust-oleum or Valspar?