This review started out as a comparison of 3 products: Krylon, Valspar, and Rustoleum. Please see my reviews for Krylon and Rustoleum on their separate pages. My apologies for some necessary overlap.
Recommend this product?
Condition of my patio furniture
I took on the challenge of spray-painting six plastic patio chairs and a table instead of replacing them. All the pieces are fairly old, I'll say 6 -7 years or so, and have never been refinished. They were all fairly weathered from being outdoors most of that time, and subject to the elements of the four seasons.
Weather conditions for applying paint
I deliberately chose a day to paint when there was little, to no wind. I worked in a shaded area, and the temperature was about 80 degrees with low humidity. (Ideal conditions are 50 - 90 degrees, and humidity no more than 85%.)
The first thing I did was to wash any dirt, dust, mildew, or bugs off the chairs and table, using a sponge, soapy water and a greenie pad for the more stubborn grime. (Each brand of paint has its own suggested method for cleaning plastic. I didn't observe any brand's instructions, specifically.) I let the sun do the drying, and I did not apply paint until the chairs were totally dry.
Valspar® Plastic Paint
I had originally started my paint project using Krylon paint, and had finished 2 chairs with that brand. Not being in a rush to complete the job, I happened to be in Lowes the following evening. There, I picked up a can of Valspar® Plastic Paint, also in Hunter Green. (I knew there was a chance it wouldn't match the Krylon, but I chose to walk on the wild side.) This paint comes in nine colors which are viewable from their website: http://www.valsparspray.com/. Additionally, the website offers step by step video instructions. Of course, I matched up the paint color with the Krylon color in an inconspicuous spot, and found that the colors matched perfectly.
One problem I had with the Valspar is the spray nozzle. My finger got tired of holding it down shortly after completing the first chair and I noticed I had a red dent in my finger from applying the necessary pressure. The second problem was coverage. I applied it in the same sweeping motion, as the Krylon, but it was thin and just wasn't uniform, and as I re-sprayed the necessary areas, to enhance the coverage, it seemed to make matters worse. I tried holding the paint closer to the chair, for better coverage, but that just made for drippy paint.
The paint took about 15 minutes to dry to the touch, in areas I didn't have to repaint. The end result was a flat dark green color, but still some patches weren't covered as well as others.
All three spray paints state that primer is not necessary on plastic.
All three brands were in the $5.00/can range.
One can of paint covered two full chairs with some left over.
All brands need full 5-7 days to become chip resistant