Ace's Home Expert, Lou Manfredini, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to paint an Adirondack chair. Get simple tips to create a focal point in your yard, porch, or patio. See a demonstration of each step to get the best results for this simple project.
How to Paint an Adirondack Chair
What You Will Need
- High quality outdoor paint, meant to withstand the elements.
- 180 grit sand paper
- Drop cloth
- Tact cloth
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- Paint brush
- Paint scraper
Preparing The Chair
- Start by washing the chair. It is important to have a clean surface for the paint to adhere.
- Allow chair to dry thoroughly.
- Place chair upside down on top of a drop cloth
- Wiggle all joints on the chair. If loose, tighten the screws.
- For loose areas without screws or bolts, apply a few drops of wood glue.
- Patch any cracks or dents with wood filler. Larger holes are best filled with an epoxy.
- Lightly sand the entire chair. Attempt to get the surface as smooth as possible.
- Use a fine grit paper such as 180 grit.
- If using a semi-gloss or gloss paint, be extra careful with this step. Glossy paints can expose imperfections.
- When finished sanding, take a tact cloth and wipe down all surfaces on the chair
Painting The Chair
- With chair upside down, start painting the bottom of the seat, back, legs, and arms.
- When dry, flip over and paint the remaining surfaces.
- Start from the top and work your way down to the bottom.
- Let paint dry thoroughly and apply second coat if necessary.
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