Now that you've completed the prep work, you're ready to begin painting or staining.
Step 1 - Priming
Spray primer evenly on the furniture using a Wagner FLEXiO Sprayer. Don’t skip the underside or other places you can’t normally see. Sealing all areas of the furniture will protect it from damage in the future. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 2 - Material Selection
Choose a quality stain or paint. Determine how much you will need for the project and what color will look the best. Understand if you want an oil- or water-based product. They provide equal protection but will have different prices and cleanup procedures to consider. In general water-based products will go on thinner and may need additional coats to get the same protection as oil-based products.
Step 3 - Spraying
Next, spray on the material using a Wagner Sprayer. Start spraying on cardboard or scrap wood to get a feel for the sprayer and flow settings. Once you are comfortable, work in a consistent pattern and cover the surface.
Step 4 - Clean Up
Clean up the sprayer and properly store any remaining material.
Step 5 - Materials That Will Work Best
Painting is a colorful way to finish your wood lawn furniture. Be sure to select a paint that is suitable for outdoor use. This type of paint will provide the wood with a moderate level of protection from moisture and sun damage. However, paint has a tendency to chip and flake off as it is exposed to extreme weather conditions. This means that you will need to repaint your wood patio chairs each season or every other season.
Lacquer is a great finish to consider for your wood patio chairs. Lacquer is a thick varnish that will not only add a shiny and beautiful finish to your wood patio chairs, but it will also help to protect the wood from water and sun damage. Lacquer comes in a variety of finishes including black, red, clear and opaque. To apply a lacquer finish to your wood patio chairs, you will want to sand them down and apply multiple coats, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next.
Stain is a great option for allowing the beauty of the wood grain to show through the finish that you select. Stains come in many colors and types. Oil stains can be clear or colored. However, they will require an additional clear polyurethane coat to protect the wood and to preserve your stain finish. The second option is to use a gel stain, which has the protective coating mixed in with the stain. This finish only requires one coat.