Before you start painting, put down a drop sheet to help keep the area clean. Then give your paint a good stir. Depending on the paint, you might need to apply a primer, but we don’t need to do that with the paint we’re using.
Next, apply your top coat. We just want to apply one coat, because it’s an outdoor workbench, which only needs waterproofing. Remember to apply the first coat in the direction of the grain for a smooth, even finish.
To apply more coats, leave the paint to dry first. For a better finish, give it a light sand between coats and wipe away any dust. Also, paint in a cross-hatch a pattern.