You may not understand why I would place a picture of relaxing adirondack chairs while we are struggling with our first major snow storm. Well, let me explain: just two days before it started snowing in Virginia, I finished painting an outdoor adirondack chair for one of my customers. A great looking green chair but the paint had seen better days and my customer asked for a “real red” paint makeover. I did a bit of research and found some useful information on the internet. First of all, I think this is a great time to spruce up your outdoor furniture. Why wait till spring? It will be nice when the weather changes you will have a good looking chair, paint has been cured sufficiently, and you can do more important things…like reading and relaxing!
Let’s go on with The Paint. I took the chair apart (make some pictures or else you might forget which nut and bolt goes where..) and cleaned it thoroughly with soap and a TSP solution. My customer asked for a real red, and we decided on Sherwin Williams Real Red. Of course you can always spray paint the chair if you like quick results, but I needed the “just right” shade of red, and with spray paint there are not many color choices. Make sure you use a dark (grey) primer or else it will take many layers of red paint to cover the surface. Even with the grey primer I used, it took three coats to cover the hunter green! This is the paint I used, SW Acrylic Latex Enamel in Real Red:
After painting I waited a few days to dry and gave the chair one coat of Minwax poly, this one is especially for outdoors:
And here are some pictures of a cherry red Adirondack:
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