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Forum topic by Dave Carlisle posted 465 days ago 805 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dave Carlisle

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465 days ago

I have made and sold quite a few Adirondack chairs this past year. I recently read an article where someone suggested putting an epoxy product on the bottom of the leg to better protect it from moisture. This is the only part that comes in direct contact with the ground. If I can better protect the chair legs with a coat of epoxy, I’ll be glad to try it. Any suggestions? Brand and where to purchase?? Thanks!!

-- Woodworking Principal


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 465 days ago

West System Epoxy is a quality brand that boat builders use. Here is a link. It is not cheap, but quart would last a long time if you just use a little on the base of the legs where moisture will wick into the wood.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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fuigb

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#2 posted 465 days ago

I use a two-part Ace hardware brand. Maybe five bucks. Enough for a handful of chairs.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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shipwright

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#3 posted 464 days ago

A thick coating type of epoxy would not penetrate well and would be subject to wearing away by simple abrasion. A better choice would be a very thin penetrating epoxy sealer like S1 from System Three. I’ve used it for years and know of no other epoxy product that has the same characteristics.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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madts

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#4 posted 464 days ago

+1 to Bondo Gaposis

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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grfrazee

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#5 posted 464 days ago

My dad has inset PVC into the bottom of his adirondack chairs before and that seemed to work well (for use on a patio, at least). To do so, he routed out a recess about 1/4” deep in the bottom of the legs and screwed a piece of 1/2” or 3/4” PVC block into the recess. The PVC, being pretty much rot-proof, is the only thing in contact with the ground.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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ChrisK

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#6 posted 464 days ago

A thin epoxy will penetrate the end grain a little. This will help prevent water from getting into the chair leg for a while.

-- Chris K

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Cosmicsniper

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#7 posted 464 days ago

CA glue lasts for quite a while as well. It’s often used on rubber spider gaskets in a swimming pool multivalve where it is constantly submerged.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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JackieDeng

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#8 posted 406 days ago

Epoxy Rubber paint may be better Details on it can be found Epoxy Paint & Coating
Epoxy Coating Epoxy Moisture Barrier Sulfuric Acid Resistant Coating Epoxy Coating For Concrete And Steel Marine Structures

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JackieDeng

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#9 posted 406 days ago

http://www.epoxy-paint.cn Honest Paint & Coating

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crank49

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#10 posted 406 days ago

I’d have to go with Shipwright’s suggestion.
He uses the product and he builds boats, how much more relevant credibility would one need?

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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KurtM

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#11 posted 406 days ago

Epoxy has little abrasion resistance. I like the PVC idea for patios, gravel, and the like, and epoxy wicked into end grain for lawns and softer surfaces. The word “ground” covers too much territory to be useful for the original question asked, if you ask me.

Howdy fellers, 1st time post to LJ…..

What kind of boats does Shipwight build? I’m a cedar strip canoe and kayak builder, myself.

-- Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

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crank49

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#12 posted 406 days ago

Well I know he built a fleet of harbor ferrys and a sloop or two but it would be better for him to tell you. You are both boat builders and I am not.

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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