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Forum topic by Dave Carlisle posted 01-08-2013 03:51 AM 1525 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2013 03:51 AM

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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#1 posted 01-08-2013 04:20 AM

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.

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 04:26 AM

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

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 03:52 PM

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 ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 04:55 PM

+1 to Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 05:07 PM

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.

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 05:18 PM

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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#7 posted 01-08-2013 05:46 PM

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,

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#8 posted 03-07-2013 10:02 AM

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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#9 posted 03-07-2013 10:09 AM Honest Paint & Coating

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#10 posted 03-07-2013 02:36 PM

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?

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#11 posted 03-07-2013 03:10 PM

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.

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#12 posted 03-07-2013 09:12 PM

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.

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