We used an exterior, oil-based primer and an enamel topcoat, but you could
use water-based products instead.
You'll need three paint brushes: a 2-in. wide, natural-bristle sash brush; a 1-in.
wide sash brush; and a 1/2-in. wide hobby paint brush.
You'll also need one 3-in. wide paint roller, two disposable roller heads and
one disposable paint tray.
Applying the primer
Start with the chair upside down on your workbench. Use the 1-in. wide paint
brush for the edges of the seat slats, making long brush strokes to spread the
primer. Do the remainder of these edges from the topside later. Now use the
roller to apply the primer to the flat surfaces. Use the 2-in. wide brush to
“feather out” the rolled-on paint.
Continue priming the back of the seat back, then the front, and finally the
top of the arms and the seat. When the chair is upright, use the small hobby
brush to apply the primer to the large, flat surfaces way down in between the
slats. Let the primer dry overnight.
Applying the topcoat
Use a paint scraper to remove any runs, then lightly sand the dry primer with
120-grit sandpaper. Apply the topcoat in a shaded area, using the same
sequence as you did with the primer.
Note: The paint gets sticky fast. Pour only
small amounts of paint into the paint tray.
Let the paint dry for at least three days before using the chair.