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How To Stain An Adirondack Chair

4 Simple Steps for Optimal Chair Care


Staining an Adirondack chair not only makes it look nice visually, it also increases the lifespan of the chair. Unfinished outdoor furniture can quickly turn grey and dingy due to the changing weather and environmental elements. Wood tends to expand in warm temperatures and wet conditions. In cold, dry conditions it contracts. This can cause the wood to splinter and rot over time. Unfinished wood does have a visual appeal, but it will ultimately cause your chair to fall apart over time. However, staining it will preserve for years to come. Thankfully, the process is easier than you may think. Just follow these four steps below on how to stain an Adirondack chair. 

Step 1 

First, you'll need to prep your space and the chair. Grab your stain (we used Olympic Maximum Semi-Transparent in Storm Gray), paintbrush, and any other supplies you want to use during the staining process. If necessary, place the chair on a painting tarp to protect the concrete or ground below. Look over the wood and make sure there aren't any rotten spots. Once you've given the chair an overall inspection, you're ready for the next step. 

Step 2 

Next, you'll need to conduct a water test to test for absorption. If the water beads on the wood, you'll need to sand the wood down before applying the stain. The wood still has a protective layer on it that will prevent the stain from penetrating down into it, which will cause the stain to not dry properly. Before long, the stain will even begin to peel off your chair. So this step, while it may seem tedious, plays a big role in the overall results you achieve from the finished project. 

Step 3 

Before you dip your brush or roller into your stain, make sure to stir the stain. The pigment in the stain will settle to the bottom of the container while it sits on a shelf not being used. You can shake the stain if necessary, but if stirring works stick with stirring. 

Step 4 

Now you're ready to apply the stain. You'll want to use a paintbrush to apply it. This will help you achieve even and consistent coats. Just make sure when you are applying the stain, you go with the grain and not against it. Don't forget to backbrush when staining an Adirondack chair. This will give you complete coverage and an overall nice project once it's all completed. 



Now that you know how to stain an Adirondack chair, there's nothing stopping you! One last bit of advice we will leave you with is to check the weather forecast. You will have better results staining on a sunny, dry day than you would on a wet, rainy day. Sunny days tend to be less humid, which is ideal when you are working on any staining project.

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