How to Paint Plastic Outdoor Chairs {summer spruce-up}

How to Paint Outdoor Plastic Chairs~ I don’t know about you but I will be spending a good chunk of the summer in our backyard.  I can just see myself with a (sometimes adult) beverage in hand watching my kiddos play.  It is like a dream…until I realized that there is no great place to sit.  You see, we have had these disgusting plastic adirondack chairs for years that leave a white chalky mark on your bee-hind. I have tried rinsing them, and scrubbing them, but it seemed to just make them have more chalky residue, and I would get less dirty sitting on the ground…which sorta defeats the purpose of a chair right?  But I am just not okay with getting rid of them before I try to fix them and I am so glad that I did!  Who knew that you could spray paint outdoor plastic chairs and that about an hour of my time would result in loving them again?  And the best part…I have been dying to use these bright colors and finally had a perfect excuse!  Seriously, this project was so simple.  It took me about an hour (broken up into two 30 minute spray sessions) to do 6 chairs. So here is how I did it…

How to Paint Plastic Outdoor Chairs

What You’ll Need:Rust-Oleum paint for plastic

  • Spray paint made to bond to plastic.  About 1 can per chair. I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch (Colors: Lagoon and Key Lime)
  • Don’t worry too much about the sheen.  I used 2 different sheens (gloss and satin) and they didn’t come out differently.  So just go for the colors you love.

{Update:  Click here to see how my chairs look 1 year later!}


  • Clean ‘em: I simply hosed down the chairs using a fancy nozzle I call my thumb to get the water to come out with some pressure.
  • Dry ‘em: I allowed them to dry completely in the sun.
  • Prep your space: I don’t like the cleanup part of any project and try to avoid it as much as possible so I did my spraying right on the lawn.  It made some marks, but they were gone after the lawn was mowed.  If this isn’t an option for you, use a drop cloth or old sheet.
  • Paint ‘em:  Spray each chair with a thin coat of spray paint.  Hold the can about 10 inches from the surface of the adirondack chair and keep the can moving while you spray.  Don’t worry about full coverage during this first coat of paint.
  • Tip: It may be best to start with the bottom side of the chair to get your rhythm down even though I didn’t even paint the bottom of ours.
  • Second coat: I let the first coat dry for about 30 minutes before spraying my second coat.  (I think the directions say to wait a bit longer, but I am impatient and the kid’s nap time is only so long.)
  • Final inspection:  You may have a few spots here and there to touch up.  Get down and crawl around your chair and look at it from all angles to make sure all visible parts are painted…and to make your neighbor, who happens to peek over the fence to say hi during this step, think that you are crazy.
  • Let ‘em dry COMPLETELY:  The only thing worse than the original white stuff getting on my rear end would be spray paint. So I let them dry for the remainder of a warm afternoon and then waited a few days before anyone sat on them to be safe.
How to Paint Plastic Outdoor Chairs

Don’t you love these?  Don’t forget to PIN it so when the weather turns warm again you can give it a try! This was so simple and adds so much color to my yard! We are well on our way to a spruced up yard just in time for summer! What are you going to do to make your backyard cocktail worthy?

We have also added a giant {Outdoor Chalkboard} for the kiddos!


can you spray paint plastic adirondack chairs

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  1. Robin says

    Where did you find the spray paint? I found almost the exact same can you used but it doesn’t list plastic as one of the surfaces.

    • says

      Hi Robin! I found the spray paint at Home Depot. Each color seems to come in a different finish though, so it can be tricky. Let me know if you have more questions.

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