How I painted some art chairs using Krylon spray paint.
Last fall I had some clients ask me to paint some old 50's style patio chairs in some animal print look. I decided on zebra and leopard and titled the pair "predator and prey".
Step 1: Strip and prime
The first thing is to strip the old paint and prime the surface. I disassembled the chairs and took a paint removal disc mounted to my angle grinder to remove the paint, sandpaper and/or chemical paint stripper will work just as well, I then used my random orbital sander to smooth the grinder marks left behind and to sand between coats of primer.
Step 2: Painting
At the point I had decided to do this instructable I had already painted the zebra chair, but it's pretty straight forward. I painted three coats of Krylon gloss white paint then masked off and cut the stripes using images found on the web as reference, I then painted three coats of Krylon gloss black and removed the mask and painted three coats of Krylon crystal clear gloss.
I then reassembled the chair and moved on to the leopard chair.
Step 3: Painting part 2
I took the already primed parts and painted them with a base coat of gloss white followed by gloss pumpkin orange keeping in mind that the belly of a leopard is white and various shades of yellow/orange/brown up to the spine. I layered gloss khaki and gloss equestrian and gloss sun yellow and some more pumpkin orange until I was happy with the colors and gradations, there was also a little speckling where the paint had built up on the rim of the can and spilled off on to the parts, but I like the looked and it helped with the overall effect