I held a blowtorch for the first time today. I must say...I liked it.
My husband bought me the two deck chairs above for my bday at least a decade ago. They are in great shape and I love them, except they are very faded from the weather. I've tried painting plastic outdoor furniture with that special plastic-furniture-paint, and it works great, but it takes a lot of paint and can be expensive. I think I seen this idea on Pinterest.
The chair on the right was the exact color as the chair on the left before I took a blowtorch to it. You paint it with the flame just like you were spray painting and it melts the plastic just enough to breathe a little bit of color back into it. Not sure how long it will last, and you can see the flame strokes in areas, but it's a little better than it was.
If you try this, keep in mind all of the safety precautions when dealing with gas, fire, toxic fumes, yadda-yadda-yadda. I did not torch the chair in the dry grass but instead on the cement in the garage with the door open and away from any flamables.
Yay. Blowtorch fun.