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Many customers chose not to include staining of their furniture as part of our handcrafting process. This allows for their furniture to arrive ready to custom stain or paint at home or purposefully left to naturally age for a rustic aged or grey antique furniture look.
Over time, unstained wood will begin to be affected by the various changing weather conditions. The wood will start to become weathered, and sometimes the grain itself will begin to lift up. To keep the wood smooth, simply sand using a 120 grit sandpaper, as needed.
If you prefer that your furniture not turn grey, but want to maintain the natural color of the wood, you will have to put a finish on it that has a high UV protection rating as it is the sun that fades the wood to silver.
Please note that all finishes will change the color of the wood to some degree (usually giving it a more golden appearance for clearer finishes).
Should you chose to add a finishing to your untreated wood, you have a few options:
Important: Before treating your Adirondack furniture be sure to read the product labels to familiarize yourself with safety protocols. For example, never stain products indoors, only in well-ventilated areas; and never store stain-soiled fabric in a pile as this can potentially become a fire hazard.
Stains are the best way to go if you want easy to care for your Adirondack furniture. The average stain can last anywhere from 1-7 years depending on the quality of the stain used, the number of coats applied, and the type of application.
The big advantage to stain is that unlike paint, stain will not peel or bubble and gradually fades away over time. Thus, it is simple to keep it looking new from one year to the next by applying a single fresh coat each spring or re-staining fully every 4-5 years, as needed.
Pro-Tip: For touch-ups or refinishing, we recommend SICO ProLuxe (either 078 for light/golden stained products or 045 for the dark/mahogany stained products). Alternatively, you can use a similar oil-based stain (be sure to compare UV ratings as not all stains provide that protection).
Here are the basic instructions for staining your Adirondack chairs, just keep in mind that these are general rules only, they may not apply to the specific brand of stain you buy. Always read the labels and follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions for the best finish.
Note: You do not have to take the back slats or seat slats off. You simply want to have each piece as accessible for staining as possible which can be challenging if it is fully assembled.
Pro tip: You can apply the stain by brush, sprayer, sponge or cloth - just keep in mind that sprayers will create overspray which on a windy day could end up staining your neighbor’s house/car/dog/etc.
If the Adirondack furniture doesn’t have a heavy enough finish for your liking you can repeat the last step for an additional one or two coats, as necessary.Three coats of SICO ProLuxe usually last about 2-5 years in direct sunlight, the 4th coat can last 3-8 years.
Pro tip: Don’t go too heavy on the coats or the stain will pool on the surface and act as a film instead of a stain. The wood needs to be able to breathe if the finish is going to last.
Painted Adirondack furniture look great and the paint can last 1-3 years before needing to be repainted – if proper steps were taken to apply a professional finish.
Although painted Adirondack furniture looks lovely the first year or two, we don't recommend paints because the wood cannot breathe and will eventually peel and bubble creating hours of labor removing the paint down the road. If you don't mind the intense labor involved in scraping and sanding before you can refinish the chairs – then painting may be a viable option for you.
When shopping for paint for your Adirondack chairs, be sure to find something with a high UV rating - this is equivalent to sunscreen for your patio furniture – the higher the number the longer the color will last (provided the quality of paint is good). To minimize future labor you will want to buy a good quality outdoor paint. Cheaper varieties will peel off, usually in the very first year after they are done.
Here are the basic instructions for painting your Adirondack chairs, just keep in mind that these are general rules, but may not apply to the specific brand of paint you buy. Always read the labels and follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions for the best finish.
Note: Paint build up may increase the tightness when trying to reassemble the Adirondack chairs. Be sure to completely dismantle the front legs, then re-attach individually to the seat. Screw in the bottom foot plate only after the legs are attached to the seat.
Pro tip: You can leave your furniture with two coats or add a third and fourth depending on how heavy a finish you want on the product. Sanding in between coats is what allows the paint to adhere to the previous coat of paint, and provides an exceptionally smooth surface which creates a nice shine if you went with a gloss or semi-gloss paint.
If you have any questions or need additional assistance please don't hesitate to contact us, call us toll-free at The Best Adirondack Chair 1-800-418-1433.
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