How to Paint a Wooden Adirondack Chair?

Outdoor furnishes have one thing in common, they all require timely maintenance. Needless to say, paint is an unmatched solution for protecting the wood against damages from moisture, UV rays, etc. Also, there’s nothing more iconic when it comes to outdoor furniture than the classic and colorul Adirondack chair. So, here we’ve come up with a step by step guide of how to spray paint a wooden Adirondack chair to add style, character and a bright new color to your backyard.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wooden Adirondack Patio Chair
  • 220-grit sand paper
  • Drop cloth
  • Sanding block
  • Lint-free rags
  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X White Primer
  • Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Acrylic Spray Paint
  • Work gloves (optional)

Step 1: Preparation

Sand the Surface

First of all, locate a well-ventilated area to work in. Afterwards, place a drop cloth on your working surface in order to protect the surrounding area from possible overspray. Sand all the surface and wipe it off using a clean rag or tack cloth. Also, wear protective gloves to keep your hands clean, especially while priming and painting.

Step 2: Prime the Surface

Prime the Surface

Now, it is time to prime the surface. Apply a quality primer such as Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X White Primer that provides an extra layer of adhesion on your project.

Before using the spray cane, shake it for a minute and make sure that mixing balls begin to rattle. In case, mixing balls fails to rattle, “Do not strike the cane and contact Rust-Oleum”. Once done with rattling the cage, start spraying it on the object in a steady back and forth motion. For better result, hold the cane 10-16 inch from the surface of the Adirondack chair and often shake it while spraying.

If you want to use a second coat, be sure to apply it within the first hour, while the paint is still wet. If you miss the next step within 60 minutes than it is recommended to wait for 24 hours until your first coating is completely dry.

Step 3: Paint the surface

Paint the Surface

Once the primer dries, you can apply the paint of your choice. With a range of color option in itself, Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Acrylic Spray Paint is perfect for this task. The process of applying this spray paint is similar to that of the prime. Also, instead of applying one heavy coat, use more light coats over the surface. Now, let your painted Adirondack chairs to dry for 24 hours. For an added touch of fun, consider spray painting a decorative stencil on the arms or backs of your new backyard beauties.

Important: Always thoroughly review directions on the package before using any product.