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Blog entry by vickie posted 742 days ago 1194 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just bought a handful of inexpensive Adirondack chairs from Home Depot. These chairs are unfinished wood made from fir. Can anyone help me with a few questions I have?

I want to put a base coat on the chairs, colored paint. These chairs are intended for outside use. The question is, I will be painting art on the chairs with Acrylic paints. One, do I use an exterior paint for the base? Two, Some poly coating turn light colored paint amber so what kind of poly would I use suitable for outside use, and what care should be taken for the longevity of these chairs. The chairs are made from Fir are these okay for outside as long as painted?
Thank you for any help

-- vickie @ toads gone wild



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Betsy

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#1 posted 740 days ago

Fir is not optimal for outside furniture but if properly finished it can last quite a while. I have several chairs that are pine and have only paint as a finish and they are ten years old and still going.

As far as a base coat, use a good exterior paint, it really doesn’t matter on the color. I have always used white primer and then covered that with the color of choice. One reason for this is, when you paint chairs with slats that it’s very easy to miss spots. White shows up very clearly when you put on your finish coat color. Also, the white contrasts very well from the unfinished wood helping you to see any spots that are missed. It is very important to not miss any spots on outdoor furniture.

One thing I do on my pine furniture is that I “seal” the feet with whatever sealer I have laying around. This simply helps to keep water from wicking up the furniture if it happens to be in a low spot in the yard after a rain and sitting in a puddle.

The point with the acrylic paint, once you have a good base coat, put on your acrylic paint and then cover it with a very high quality outdoor marine varnish.

Hope this helps.

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vickie

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#2 posted 740 days ago

I used a waterbase marine seal on my adirondack chairs. But.it turned my white and light colored paint amber. Im frustrated

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#3 posted 740 days ago

I’ve never had that problem. I’ll see if I can think of another option, but not sure what to tell you right now.

Sorry

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#4 posted 740 days ago

Thank you so much. Im at my wits end. But thanks for your help.

Vickie
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