How To Spray Paint Outdoor Chairs

Some of our outdoor porch chairs were ho-hum - in good shape, but lacking any type of personality - so I used a can of red spray paint to give our once-tired-looking chairs a quick and easy makeover. We are thrilled with the results!
If you have outdoor chairs that could benefit from a fresh look, here are some tips to help your painting go smoothly:
1. Decide which parts you want to paint and then mask off the rest (don't forget the underside!).
2. Use a good quality spray paint (I used a gloss protective enamel spray paint).
3. Put your chair on a protective cloth and spray outdoors on a day when it's not too windy or humid.
4. Spray with a light touch. Several lighter coats turn out nicer than one heavy coat.
5. Once your chair is dry enough to turn over (be patient!), then spray the underside.
6. Wait 24 hrs. for paint to cure.
One can of paint covered these two chairs - though the underside is not as covered as the parts that are visible. You can see photos of all the steps at our website!
Here are our porch chairs before - in good condition, but just a little too neutral.
I used a gloss protective enamel spray paint made by Rust-oleum. The color is Sunset Red and it's a 15 ounce can.
Don't the chairs just pop now and add a happy note to our new porch?
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  • Jo Kilbourn Jo Kilbourn on Oct 20, 2016
    This looks beautiful! My out door chairs are beginning to rust. Do you suggest that I do something before I apply spray paint? Thank you.

  • Nonni Nonni on Jun 29, 2018

    Did you have trouble with bugs or other things getting into your fresh paint job? If so, is there anything you did to solve this problem?

  • Ricardo Ricardo on May 02, 2021

    What an improvement! The chairs look great! The part that you masked off ripped on my chairs about a month ago and when I saw your project was really excited thinking about replacing the material since I was going to see it here… is there an easy way to replace the material that you know of? Do I need a professional to do it? Should I get new chairs? Just so you know I live in Central America so access to tools/materials is limited but can get creative as needed. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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  • Front Porch Ideas Front Porch Ideas on Jul 17, 2013
    Thanks, Alexandra. Yes, they look so much more cheerful than the plain beige color. Yeah for red!

  • Nanci Nottingham Nanci Nottingham on May 23, 2014
    question -- what about painting the nylon seating?? do you think that would work? I have 6 of them with an ugly orange color :(

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    • Vicki Vicki on Oct 18, 2020

      I have repainted my chairs twice. Used spray paint both times for the metal. For webbing: 1st time used chalk paint with chalk paint sealer. Worked great! 2nd time used spray paint. Also worked quite well. Just make sure to cover well with 2 or 3 light coats. I missed a couple small spots and can see them. Although no one else ever notices. Lol. Both processes worked well and saved me from buying new chairs! Plus I got the color I wanted each time. Win, win!!