Health risks of painting a wooden picnic bench with 'shed and fence' paint?

30 Apr 2017
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Hi, I was just wondering if there are any health risks associated with painting a wooden picnic bench with 'shed and fence' paint?

A relative was going to paint a picnic bench with some Berrettine or Johnstones 'Shed and fence' paint but I stopped them because I thought it might contain chemicals that might not be good for the health. If people are sitting on it and eating outside on it.

Am I just being over precautions? Do you think it would be ok to use these paints?

The instructions for the paint doesn't explicitly say you shouldn't use them for garden furniture, but they don't say the should either.

In the past I have used Cuprinol Garden Shades as it explicitly says you can use that for garden furniture, but we don't have any of that left and my relative wanted to use the shed and fence stuff.
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I assume the the shed and fence paint is water based?

It will be perfectly safe when dry, but probably won't be very durable.
I use Ronseal Fence life 5 year ,

Spayed my 6 foot fences with this last year and it's great no sign of protection wearing off solid as the day I sprayed

I have a lot of fences it takes two half 9 lite tub med oak.

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Echo scbk's comments about durability; painted a play equipment with 5 year fencelife, and a year later it's rubbed off in places of high wear. Very shabby chic!
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If its Water Based as other have said it should be O.K. Check the can or the Product Datasheet Online.
At a guess, it may be the case that the shed paint is not designed to deal with horizontal surfaces, meaning that it may fail prematurely.

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