Maintenance of your Treated Adirondack chairs
Our treated Adirondack chairs, swings and other products are stained with 4 coats of Cetol 1 by Sikkens (be sure to see our treatment page for details regarding our unique treatment process). These products come finished and ready to enjoy for many years of maintenance free pleasure. However like with all things eventually they will require your attention to remain as attractive as when you buy them.
Here is the information you need regarding your treated products:
You have two options for keeping your products looking great. You can either apply an easy fresh coat each spring to keep it new looking year round or you can wait till your finish begins to fade and refinish it completely (a longer process). Here is how:
Option 1 - Touch up each spring
Keeping your Adirondack chairs looking brand new is easy - it just requires a simple annual upkeep but the good news is the labor is minimal.
Just get a small amount of the Cetol 1 by Sikkens (either 078 for light/golden stained products or 045 for the dark/mahogany stained products). You can find a local store that sells this stain by entering your zip code on the Sikkens website http://www.nam.sikkens.com/find-a-dealer.cfm
Look over your Adirondack chairs & outdoor furniture for scratches and if necessary sand these area's lightly if you want a smooth wood finish or leave as is for that distressed wood antique look. Clean your Adirondack chairs off to remove dust and dirt and let dry completely before applying stain. Once the chairs are ready to stain dip a cloth in the Cetol 1 by Sikkens and wipe down your products.
You don't have to worry about getting it absolutely perfect because you are not actually staining the products you are only refreshing the finish to keep it new looking. If there are areas that are lighter you can wipe them down again after that first coat has dried. It only takes a few minutes to touch up our treated products each spring and it assures you a longer lasting finish that stays looking new.
Option 2 - Treating your Adirondack chairs & outdoor furniture after a few years
If you wait a few years to refinish your Treated Adirondack chairs you will have a bit more work to do to get that beautiful original finish back.
Before refinishing your Adirondack chairs or outdoor products be sure to read the labels so you know the safety required to keep you safe and healthy. Never stain products indoors, only in well ventilated areas. Never store soiled fabric that has stain on them in a pile (they can potentially be a fire hazard).
In other words, read the safety rules, follow the instructions on the labels, and use good old fashioned common sense. This should be a fun project where you get to show off your skills by the beauty of your completed project. You can either purchase the same stain we use Cetol 1 by Sikkens (either 078 for light/golden stained products or 045 for the dark/mahogany stained products).
You can find a local store that sells this stain by entering your zip code on the Sikkens website http://www.nam.sikkens.com/find-a-dealer.cfm or you can use a similar oil based stain (be sure to compare UV ratings as not all stains provide that protection).
Here are the typical steps to take in staining:
Sand away any flaws, dents, and smooth over any rough spots or leave as is for that distressed wood antique look. (This look is sought after by many people)
Clean away any dust or dirt and make sure the Adirondack chairs or outdoor furniture is completely dry before staining
Using Cetol 1 by Sikkens (or a comparable outdoor oil based stain) and a brush or sponge applicator go over each piece lightly.
Check for drips and smooth them over before the stain dries.
Let your Adirondack chairs dry completely (usually 24 hours) in a dry well ventilated place. (NOT IN YOUR HOME - breathing fumes can be dangerous).
Lightly sand with a 320 grit sandpaper and be sure to clean off all dust with a vacuum and then wipe with a damp cloth or tack cloth (your paint store supplier will have these).
Apply the second coat the same way as the first coat (this second coat is lighter). Be sure to check for drips and wipe them off if necessary.
Let your Adirondack chairs dry completely (usually 24-48 hours) in a dry well ventilated place (again not in your home). · Lightly sand this time with a 320 grit sandpaper and be sure to clean off all dust.
Apply the third coat the same way as the first two (keep this coat light). Again be sure to wipe off all drips and check shortly thereafter for more drips.
Let product dry completely (usually 24-48 hours) in a dry well ventilated place.
If the Adirondack chairs do not have a heavy enough finish for your liking you can repeat the last step for an additional 1 or 2 coats as necessary.
Three coats of Cetol 1 by Sikkens usually last about 2 - 5 years in direct sunlight, the 4th coat can last 3 to 8 years in direct sunlight. Just don’t go too heavy on the coats or the stain will pool on the surface and act like a film instead of a stain. The wood needs to be able to breathe if the finish is going to last.
One last note - when we treat our products we use an immersion technique for that first coat where each piece is dipped in a 80 gallon vat of the Cetol 1 by Sikkens (which is equivalent to 3 coats) and then we spray on an additional 3 coats on top of that (sanding between each coat) to get our beautiful finish.
If you need any assistance or have questions please feel free to call our toll free number at 1-800-418-1433. We take great pride in the quality of our products and know that with proper care you can enjoy decades of use of these beautiful outdoor furniture products.
We are proud to be celebrating over 56 years in business manufacturing the Best Adirondack Chairs and outdoor cedar patio furniture on the market.