How to Paint an Adirondack Chair

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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

  1. High quality outdoor paint, meant to withstand the elements.
  2. 180 grit sand paper
  3. Drop cloth
  4. Tact cloth
  5. Wood filler
  6. Wood glue
  7. Paint brush
  8. Paint scraper

Preparing The Chair

  1. Start by washing the chair. It is important to have a clean surface for the paint to adhere.
  2. Allow chair to dry thoroughly.
  3. Place chair upside down on top of a drop cloth
  4. 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.
  5. Patch any cracks or dents with wood filler. Larger holes are best filled with an epoxy.
  6. 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.
  7. When finished sanding, take a tact cloth and wipe down all surfaces on the chair

Painting The Chair

  1. With chair upside down, start painting the bottom of the seat, back, legs, and arms.
  2. When dry, flip over and paint the remaining surfaces.
    • Start from the top and work your way down to the bottom.
  3. Let paint dry thoroughly and apply second coat if necessary.
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Published: 1/6/2016