How to repaint a Chair 7 steps

Now you have a chance to give a new look to your discarded furniture.  All you need to do is just paint your old furniture. The best part is that you just need to learn the art of repainting your old furniture. We will just learn to master this skill right now, but before that let us learn the difference between painting a metal chair and a wooden chair.

If you want to paint a metal chair then you will require a corrosion resistant paint for this purpose. You can easily paint the chair with a brush, but if you are painting a steel chair then a spray works better. However, before painting you need to sand away the rust. You can achieve this through an electric vibrator  sander. Next you can seal the chair with a rust sealer like Red Oxide Primer.

If you are painting wooden chairs then the paint can easily be applied over the existing finish. You can opt for water base or oil base paints when painting wooden chairs.

Materials you will need

  • Scraper
  • Tack cloth
  • Primer
  • Bristle Brush
  • Paints

Steps to follow

Follow the steps below to repaint your chair.

How to repaint a Chair 7 steps

Step1 : Collect all the items that are essential for repainting your chair. Next make sure that you use lead free paints for painting your chair and you can get testing kits for this purpose to test that the paint is free from lead.

Step 2: Let us consider the example of a wooden chair. You need to scrape all the old paint with a scraper. You need to hold the scraper parallel to the wood and exert  even pressure.

How to repaint a Chair


Step  3: You can easily sand the rough spots by using palm sander. You first need to use an 80 to 100 grit sandpaper to sand the chair. Next use a  150 to 200 grit sandpaper for smooth finish. Use the hand sand technique to sand the crevices then use a tack cloth to remove dust from the chair.

Step 4:  If you are repainting a light colored chair then use a light or white primer. If you are painting a dark colored chair then use a dark primer. First apply the primer on the chair underside. Spray the primer in a back and forth motion. You need to apply about 2 to 3 coats of the primer and then allow it to dry.

Step 5:  If you feel that any surface of the chair looks coarse after the application of the primer then find sand the chair and wipe with a tack cloth once the primer is dry.

 Step 6: Use smooth strokes to paint the chair and make sure that you follow the natural lines. A nylon bristle brush works best for painting a chair. If you feel a dip then start dragging the brush back over the area for stopping the run.

Step 7: Apply the second coat to the chair and allow it to dry. Last you can add a polyurethane clear coat to the chair. This helps to protect the paint. You need to spray the can in a back and forth motion. After the first spray of clear coat lightly sand the chair again before the final coat.


How-to repaint a Chair 7 steps