Outdoor Morris Chair #24: More thoughts on finishing

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 05-08-2011 01:40 AM 1386 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I know I need to do something to finish these chairs sooner rather than later.

The finish might depend upon where the chairs end up. If they end up on the back porch then either paint or stain will do. Someone suggest spar varnish – which is what they use on boats. It’s UV resistant which is great. It will be on a covered porch, but will get the late afternoon sun.

There are so many edges on this chair that it’s going to be a lot of work to stain. It would be a lot easier to paint the chair. I’ve painted wood before and it goes pretty well. I have a can of tan colored paint from painting the trim on the house and it would look nice.

On the other hand, the chairs will be in my “fancy room” at least until I build a couple of indoor Morris Chairs. I also bought myself a Delta Mortising Machine so that may not be that far off. I’m trying to find a local source of QSWO and running into dead ends so this will probably be months away.

Leaning towards stain…

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 02:51 AM

Go buy some good deck stain in a color you like and brush or spray it on.

I have used it on my “good” deck chairs for years… like a charm

You might also consider painting rubber paint on the bottom inch of each leg

All you need to do is respray the chairs every couple of years.

Works great….......and very easy

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