Picture of Spray painted patio chairs
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".
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Step 1: Strip and prime

Picture of 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

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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

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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
bpickerill3 years ago
These are amazing! great job!
Nice job! I like the theme and you had excellent tips on avoiding commom paint-smearing mistakes in step 4. It is important to know what NOT to do as well as what to do.